Weiss ’93, Kail ’99, Siegel ’00 Win Emmys

[Award winners for Grease: Live!Pictured above: Adam Siegel '00 (far left), Thomas Kail '99 (far right)

Grease: Live! was nominated for 10 awards at the 68th Emmy Awards on Sept. 18. Pictured at far left is Wesleyan alumnus Adam Siegel ’00 and at far right, Thomas Kail ’99. (Photo courtesy of the Denver Post)

Six Wesleyan alumni were nominated or received an Emmy Award on Sept. 18. Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media.

Game of Thrones executive producer D.B. Weiss ’93 took home awards for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series, carrying on last year’s winning streak in these categories. With 38 wins since 2011, Game of Thrones has become the most decorated show in Emmy’s history.

Thomas Kail ’99 received an Emmy for Outstanding Directing of a Variety Special for Grease: Live! Also collecting an award for Grease: Live! was producer Adam Siegel ’00. The live production made TV history by earning a total of 10 Emmy nominations this year, the most nominations ever received for a live musical.

Other nominees from the night include former trustee Bradley Whitford ’81, who was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Transparent) and Sasha Alpert ’82, who received two nominations as a producer for Born This Way (Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program), and Project Runway (Outstanding Reality-Competition Program). In addition Matt Senreich ’96, an executive producer on Robot Chicken, was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.

The Emmy Awards are administered by three sister organizations, which focus on various sectors of television and broadband programming including Television Academy (primetime); the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (daytime, sports, news and documentary); and International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (international).

(Keren Alshanetsky ’17 contributed to this article).