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June 16, 2006

CW Productions wins Emmy Award

Colonial Williamsburg Productions received its first Emmy® Award June 10 in ceremonies held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C. The Electronic Field Trip “No Master Over Me” received the Emmy in the Interactivity category. The event was sponsored by the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. More than 450 broadcasters from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia gathered for the 48th Emmy Awards, with awards for excellence presented in 79 categories.

“We are pleased to win in the Interactivity category,” said Richard McCluney, the Royce R. and Kathryn M. Baker vice president of productions, publications and learning ventures. “Our Electronic Field Trips truly are interactive programs, with students calling live from their class rooms on broadcast day, Web activities, opportunities to participate in an online forum during the school year, and the program available via live stream on the Internet as well as regular broadcast television. It is exciting to me that Colonial Williamsburg is a leading developer of using new media to present the stories of our country’s history, in support of the mission of Colonial Williamsburg, ‘that the future may learn from the past.’”

“No Master Over Me” was written by Bill White, Colonial Williamsburg’s executive producer and director of educational program development, and directed by Bill Wagner, director of productions. The program is the inspiring story of Matthew Ashby, a black man born in York, Va., in 1727 to an enslaved father and an indentured white mother. Through determination and diligence, Ashby earned the money to purchase his own wife and children and then petitioned the governor’s council for their manumission, declaring them forever free from the bonds of slavery. The Ashby Guesthouse, which opened in the summer of 2005 as part of the renovation of the Williamsburg Lodge, was named for the descendants of Matthew Ashby.

Colonial Williamsburg producers awarded the Emmy for “No Master Over Me” are Frances Burroughs, Linda Randulfe, Bill Wagner and Henry McCoy. Seven Electronic Field Trips are broadcast each school year and are available through public broadcasting stations, cable, satellite and live video stream throughout the world. Schools who subscribe to the field trips gain access to Web activities and the opportunity for students to call and ask questions of historians live on broadcast day.

For more information about Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips, visit

The 656 Emmy Award submissions were broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2005, and were judged by panels assembled by Academy chapters in Chicago/Midwest, Cleveland, Michigan, Mid-Atlantic, San Francisco/Northern California, and Southeast.

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