A student entertainment show produced for the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s cable access channel, has won fourth place in the nation.
“College Night” was named the country’s fourth best in the Best Comedy-Video category by College Broadcasters Inc. at the 2016 National Student Production Awards in Philadelphia recently. There were 969 entries in the competition from universities across the nation.
It was the 12th time that a Southeastern Channel production has been honored as one of the top four in the nation by College Broadcasters Inc. The channel has been recognized multiple times for its student newscast “Northshore News,” along with student news reporting, sports play-by-play and a student-produced promotional spot. The channel won first place in the nation the past two years for a student documentary and public service announcement.
It was the fourth time that “College Night” has placed in the top four in the nation. The winning episode from Dec. 11, 2015, was produced by Danielle Shearer, of Ponchatoula.
“I feel so honored. I produced a total of three episodes of ‘College Night,’ and it’s nice to have all of the hard work recognized on a national level,” Shearer said. “ 'College Night’ is special because it gives students who are more into filmmaking a chance to stretch their creative muscles."
Shearer not only produced the show but also wrote, directed, shot, edited and acted in many of the segments. Among the students who contributed to the program were Rachel Taylor, of St. Amant; Mallory Milton and Tyler Hampton, of Ponchatoula; Molly Flynn, of Amite; and Richard Mills, of Hammond.
“It’s a great honor for our students to be recognized once again as among the best in the nation,” said Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.
The winning show was produced in the vein of “Saturday Night Live” with comedy sketches that used college activities like intramurals, sorority recruitment and beauty pageants to parody popular television shows like “Supernatural,” “Big Brother” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
The Southeastern Channel has won over 300 national, international, and regional awards in the last 12 years, including 13 Emmys. The channel airs in 90,000 households on the north shore with a potential viewing audience of 250,000 on Charter Cable 199. Its webcast and video on demand can be viewed at southeastern.edu/tv.