The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) will present NASCAR Productions with its first Technology & Engineering Emmy Award at the 2019 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas .
NASCAR Productions will be honored in the Large-Scale "At Home" Production for Live Sports category for its production of live NASCAR and IMSA race events from the company’s studios in Charlotte, North Carolina.
"The Technology & Engineering Emmys recognize the very best in our business, so we’re thrilled to receive this award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences," said Steve Stum, NASCAR vice president, operations and technical production. "It’s a testament to NASCAR’s ongoing commitment to innovation and to finding new and more efficient ways to present our racing events to fans."
This year, NASCAR Productions successfully conducted a full-scale production of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Rolex 24 hour event at Daytona remotely from Charlotte. This was made possible via advanced fiber-optic technology enabling the transfer of content from the track to the studio in 20 milliseconds.
NASCAR Productions’ technology partner PSSI Global Services helps facilitate the at-home productions and will also receive an Emmy Award on Sunday. NBC Sports will be presented with a Technology & Engineering Emmy for Large-Scale Distribution Production for Live Sports.
"The Technology & Engineering Emmy Award was the first Emmy Award issued in 1949 and it laid the groundwork for all other Emmys to come," said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS, in a release last November. "We are especially excited to be honoring these prestigious companies and presenting our gala again at the NAB Show where the intersection of innovation, technology and excitement in the future of television can be found."
Earlier this week, NASCAR Productions was nominated for the 40th annual Sports Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound category. The company was recognized for its audio production for Feeling Speed, a NASCAR Race Hub documentary that explores how deaf NASCAR fans experience racing.
In addition, FS1 earned a Sports Emmy nomination for Live Event Audio and Sound for its NASCAR on FOX coverage.
The Sports Emmy Award ceremony will take place on Monday, May 20 at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.