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2021 National Book Awards

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Building on our successful production of the National Book Foundation’s first-ever online awards ceremony in 2020, we produced the 72nd National Book Awards as a hybrid production, livestreamed to both YouTube and Facebook. With crews in three locations, we featured host Phoebe Robinson live on set from Penguin Random House along with NBF leadership, lifetime achievement award winner Nancy Pearl live from her home in Seattle, and remote feeds from over 25 speakers and finalists located around the world. We worked with all talent to improve framing, composition and audio/video quality to ensure they looked their best for the Finalists Reading online event one week before the Awards, as well as for live, night-of winner reveals. Knowing that these awards are widely regarded as “the Oscars of books,” in 2021 we partnered closely with the National Book Foundation team to refine the run of show and bring their vision to life, with technical solutions and creative approaches that aimed to elevate the production values even further in this second iteration as an exclusively online broadcast.

Photo courtesy of Beowulf Sheehan and The National Book Foundation

Client: National Book Foundation
  • Director: Dan Winckler
  • Executive Producer: Emily Kornblut
  • Studio Manager: Susan Lanier
  • Stage Manager: David Klasko
  • Technical Director: Joshua Simon
  • Second Technical Director: Sherwin Chao
  • Audio Engineer: Corey Poindexter
  • PRH Technical Director: Lawrence Crocker
  • PRH Camera Operator: Jessica Glass
  • PRH Audio Engineer: Dave Raymond
  • PRH Teleprompter: Amy Michelson/Prompster
  • PRH Lighting : Drew Droege/Blackfire Media
  • PRH Hair/Makeup for Ruth Dickey and David Steinberger: Nicolae Rita
  • Post-Production Audio and Music Supervision: Chris Burke
  • Camera/Lighting/Sound for Nancy Pearl in Seattle: Joel Barham
  • Teleprompter for Nancy Pearl in Seattle: Megan McLean/AKTeleprompt
  • Remote Teleprompter for Karen Tei Yamashita: Michelle Michelson/Prompster
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