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'AND I'D LIKE TO THANK...' Columbia City native wins an Emmy

February 23, 2012

JJ Geiger, right, and his girlfriend Q Heinrichs pose with the Columbia City native’s Emmy award. — Photo contributed

Winning an Emmy is the highest achievement in television.
One Whitley County man, with his team of co-workers, has won one of the coveted awards. JJ Geiger, formerly of Columbia City, won for his work entitled “Openhouse.", which can be viewed on the LX-TV Openhouse Homepage

“I worked as a producer/editor and won the Emmy in the category of ‘Information/Public Affairs Series (more than 50 percent remote)’,” said Geiger. He worked alongside of Janel Tamares, Julee Margulies Metz and Eric Michael Wong.

“The crew submitted three segments from the show which airs regionally on NBC in 10 to 15 different markets,” said Geiger. “One of the segments I cut and helped produce was one of the three submitted. It was about Hearst Castle here in California,” he said.

“The Emmy Award show that is broadcast on national television is a completely different area of the Academy of Television Arts and Science,” said Geiger.

“Those are the primetime Emmys. I received a local L.A. Emmy. They have different regions for this as well. For example, New York and Chicago have a regional Emmy Award along with smaller markets like Cleveland. So you unfortunately wouldn’t see me on the award show next to John Hamm, lead actor in ‘Mad Men,’” he said.

Geiger works for Warner Brothers Television in Burbank, Calif., as an assistant editor. “I left my job at NBC to work at Warner Brothers in July 2010 to work on a show called ‘Gossip Girl’ that airs every Monday on the CW Network,” said Geiger.

On the upcoming April 2nd show, Geiger’s name will appear as co-editor, which is his first editor credit in a narrative format.

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