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Stanley Nelson receiving Made in NY Award 2015 (pictured with former MOME Commissioner Cynthia Lopez and Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Nelson to Receive Lifetime Achievement Emmy

(released 8/31/2016)

The 37th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will honor Stanley Nelson with a Lifetime Achievement Award on September 21, 2016. The Awards are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and will be held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Friedrick P. Rose Hall.

"The National Academy is proud to honor Stanley Nelson with the News & Documentary Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding body of work," said Bob Mauro, President & CEO, NATAS. "Stanley is widely recognized for his captivating storytelling and wide-ranging exploration of the African American experience, and we are honored to add his name to the list of distinguished documentarians and journalists who have received this award."

Stanley Nelson, a documentarian, Founder of Firelight Media, and storyteller of the American Experience has been delivering content for decades. The 2003 film The Murder of Emmett Till chronicled the killing of the 14 year old Mississippi boy in 1955 and alerted the U.S. Justice Department to reopen the Emmett Till case.  Stanley Nelson's films have been recognized by the Emmys in 1999 with the nomination of his film The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords, honored by President Obama with a National Medal in Humanities, and a 2016 recipient of the Peabody for his collective work.

Stanley, a MacArthur "genius" Fellow continues to produce historical documentaries.   He is currently executive producer on the doc Free for All: Inside the Public Library.  More can be found on that piece at  He also directed Episode 1 of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century (aka art21) which is covering the art scene in Chicago.  The new season premieres September 16 on PBS.