How to Win an Emmy: Add it to your Bucket List

I have a pie-in-the-sky bucket list. My bucket list contains very specific items like:

  • Sing karaoke in Tokyo while wearing a pink wig like Scarlett Johnasson in Lost in Translation.
  • Hot air balloon ride over Napa with someone I’m madly in love with.
  • Win an Academy Award.
  • Win an Emmy® award.

Well, okay, those last two aren’t very specific at all when you think about it. I never specified what kind of Academy Award or what kind of Emmy® I wanted to win. I just put it out there for the universe to chew on.

I spent last weekend in Hollywood: at the 62nd Annual Primetime Engineering Emmy® Awards, as the recipient of an Emmy®. Yes, really.

There are three  types of Engineering Emmys, and these are the definitions:

The Engineering Emmy®: This award is presented to an individual, a company, or an organization for developments in engineering that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods or so innovative in nature that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.

The Engineering Emmy® Plaque: This award is presented to those achievements that exhibit a high level of engineering and are important to the progress of the industry.

The Philo T. Farnsworth Award: This award honors an agency, company or institution whose contributions over a long period of time have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

This year they awarded ONE Engineering Emmy®, TWO Farnsworth Awards (one went to Desilu Studios if that gives you an idea of how prestigious this award is), and FOUR Engineering Emmy® Plaques.

Ensequence and Showtime were awarded the Emmy® Plaque for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for the Showtime Sports Interactive project, which I have been the technical operations lead on for the past 18 months.

I have submitted my application to become a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. You either have to win an Emmy® or get signatures from two sponsors in your peer group (mine is Interactive Media) to get approved. I did both just to hedge my bets!

I am still on Cloud 9.

Engineering Emmy Awards 2010

Right before I walked in.

Engineering Emmy 2010

Accepting the award with Showtime.

Engineering Emmy Awards 2010 Stage

Standing on the stage after it was all over.

Big Bang Theory Emmy

Our hosts for the evening, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg of Big Bang Theory.



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4 thoughts on “How to Win an Emmy: Add it to your Bucket List

  1. Reply
    Annette Renee White - August 19, 2010

    Congrats to you! Now you have me thinking that I should add “Win an Emmy” to my list, but it could definitely not be in engineering. Do they have something like the “Largest Bucket List Emmy”? 🙂

  2. Reply
    kellyjo - August 20, 2010


    You have to put it out to the universe if you want it. Here’s another example. Just a few days ago our HR department announced they would be having a raffle to give away a few Kindles at the company picnic. I immediately responded to the person who sent the email and said, “I’m going to win a Kindle. I just want to put that out to the universe.”

    I won a Kindle at the company picnic yesterday. I have been wanting one for years.

  3. Reply
    Ally - August 20, 2010

    I’ve been doing it all wrong…
    Updating methods now 🙂


    I knew you had brawn and beauty- now I know you have brains, too 😛

  4. Reply
    Rojo Grande - August 23, 2010

    When you’re nominated for your Academy Award, you’ll need to go see Harry Winston. More bling is required in La La Land. Congrats on your win!

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