Monthly Archives: August 2020

This convention isn’t just efficient. It’s award-worthy television.

For your Emmy consideration: The Democratic National Convention.

Seriously, Wednesday night was far and away the best full evening of political television I have ever witnessed. What elevated it was the sublime integration of image and language, conviction and emotion: a production that knew exactly what story it wanted to tell and how to use the tools of electronic persuasion to tell it.

Americans are watching this week the metamorphosis of a cornerstone of the presidential campaign. A pandemic triggered the transformation, but I suspect that some vital portions of what the Democrats are experimenting with in this inaugural virtual “convention” will be adopted in the quadrennial gatherings to come. Because the two-hour prime-time show, hosted by actress Kerry Washington, successfully completed that most difficult of political assignments: It located the drama in the problems of everyday people, and it found party luminaries who could lend eloquent elucidations of possible solutions.

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How the Emmy-Winning Team Behind the Tonys Created the 2020 Democratic National Convention (exclusive)

When the decision came down that the Democratic National Convention was going to be a first-time virtual event and no longer a live spectacle in Milwaukee, Wis., producer Ricky Kirshner and director Glenn Weiss were only sure about one thing.

“The first thing we said was, ‘It’s not going to be a giant Zoom call,’” Kirshner told Variety in a joint interview with Weiss just two days after the convention came to a close. “We were determined not to be that. So every plan we had was, ‘How do we make this look like live television?’”

And they certainly know about television. Not only has the duo worked on previous conventions — Kirschner has been involved with the DNC since 1992 — but they’ve won several Emmys for their work on the Tonys. They’re once again heading to the Emmys next month as nominees for the 2019 Tonys ceremony.

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Democratic Convention 2020 Night 1 Review: The Virtual Bidenathon Comes Out Swinging; Eva Longoria Hosts Fast-Paced Trump Bashing Event From Team Of Rivals

The only things missing from the opening night of the Democratic National Convention on Monday were Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones and Barack Obama – and the former POTUS is coming later this week.

Other than an audio glitch at the beginning of kingmaker Rep James Clyburn’s stint in front of the camera from his home state of South Carolina, the first of four nights of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ official bid for the White House was just over two-hours of fast paced television that may just seal the deal.

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Democratic Convention Producer Ricky Kirshner On Tonight’s Shindig, Michelle Obama’s Speech, Dual Emmys Nominations & Super Bowl 2021

EXCLUSIVE: Ricky Kirshner had been working on Democratic National Conventions since the first time Bill Clinton was nominated, but the realities of the coronavirus pandemic this year saw the Emmy winning producer to literally move the show across the nation at very short notice.

“We built a show that was anchored in Milwaukee, with a center in Milwaukee, where we would kind of roll out on to a much bigger set,” Kirshner says from the control room in Delaware as he gears up tonight for Night 2 of Democrats’ remote shindig.

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