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Conversations Series Wins Second Telly Award

September 10, 2010

Caption: From left, Jerry Barnard, producer, Prof. William M. Hoffman, host, and Migdio Domínguez, director, received their second Telly.

Conversations with William Hoffman, a television series produced on campus in Lehman Studios, won its second Telly Award for its interview with guest David Kaufman, author of the best-selling biography Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door.

Conversations is the first program produced in the College's new Multimedia Center. Over its six seasons, the series has featured major theatre and musical personalities. Professor William M. Hoffman (Journalism, Communication, and Theatre), the producer and host and artistic director of Conversations, has interviewed such celebrated guests as Peter Gelb, director of the Metropolitan Opera, playwrights Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, and Arthur Laurents, actress Marian Seldes, opera stars Regina Resnick and Marilyn Horne, theater manager Albert Poland, composers John Corigliano and Mark Adamo, and legendary singer Barbara Cook.

Professor Hoffman won several prestigious awards for his work as a playwright, including a 1986 Drama Desk Award, an Obie, a Tony, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination for his Broadway play As Is.

Conversations received its first Telly Award last year for an interview with Kent Nagano, musical director of the Bavarian State Opera, and Unsuk Chin, composer and librettist of the opera Alice in Wonderland. The Telly Council of judges is comprised of top industry professionals who are past winners. They receive over 13,000 entries annually from advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable companies, interactive agencies, and corporations.

Conversations airs on Bronx Net and CUNY-TV. For more information about the series, call 718-960-2558.