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July 2, 2014

Emmys Awarded To Colonial Williamsburg Production Team

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Four Colonial Williamsburg employees and a freelance scriptwriter recently won Emmy awards for their work on the Electronic Field Trip television program, “The Global Economy.”

National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored the five at a mid-June annual ceremony in Silver Spring, Md. Collecting their Emmys were:
• Leslie Doiron Clark, producer,
• Michael C. Durling, director/editor,
• Jorin Hood, director of photography,
• Charles White, sound recordist and
• Paul Schutte, freelance scriptwriter.

“The Global Economy” was nominated in the Informational/Instructional — Segment/Series category, one of 85 categories considered.

“The Global Economy” premiered on March 14, 2013. The program was about worldwide 18th-century trade and manufacturing, the centuries-old predecessor to the modern global economy. It is a complex topic for fourth- through eighth-grade students, so the program used puppetry to convey information to the audience. The story follows Maggie, an adventurous rat, as she boards ships plying international trade routes to make her way from England to the American colonies. During the voyage, she and her rat friends discover the inner workings of the 18th-century mercantile system.

Produced by Colonial Williamsburg’s Production, Publications and Learning Ventures division, Electronic Field Trips are broadcast one Thursday each month from October through April at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on participating public television stations and cable channels across the country, as well as by live video stream. Targeted to grades four through eight, the distance learning programs span a broad range of historical subjects about people, issues and events from the colonial period to the present day.

Each Electronic Field Trip is supported with lesson plans, interactive student resources, program scripts and other materials through the History Education Resources Online (HERO) media library to better help teachers make history exciting and relevant for their students. All materials have been developed by teachers, historians and museum educators and meet national and state standards for history, technology, art and literacy. Selected programs also correlate to additional state standards related to the programs’ subjects.

During the broadcast, viewers may participate in the live program by Twitter or the Instant Feedback Poll. HERO subscribers have enhanced interactions with historians, experts and historical characters during the show through e-mail, online message boards and phone. Subscribed HERO users have access to view Electronic Field Trip video and use teacher and student resources via the Internet on demand any time during the school year.

As the nation’s leading educational resource for early American history, Colonial Williamsburg uses the Internet and live interactive television broadcasts to bring American history to life for more than one million students and four million other viewers each year. For HERO subscription information and pricing, visit, call 1-800-761-8331 or email

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley