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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