And the Emmys Go to ‘Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ and ‘Last Chance Kitchen’

/ Aug 22, 2013


Pemberley Digital’s “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries” and Bravo’s “Last Chance Kitchen” are the winners of this year’s Interactive Media Emmys in the original programming categories.

“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” a modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” won the Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media: Original Interactive Program. The transmedia series, which began in April 2012 and over the course of its run expanded to multiple YouTube channels and social media accounts, was executive produced by Bernie Su with Jay Bushman serving as its transmedia producer.

At VidCon, Su and Pemberley Digital announced their next Jane Austen adaptation, “Emma Approved,” which re-imagines the main character in “Emma” as a modern-day female entrepreneur “with a self-proclaimed expertise in life-coaching and matchmaking.” The show is scheduled to launch in the fall.

“Last Chance Kitchen,” a companion web series to Bravo’s reality-competition franchise “Top Chef,” is produced by Bravo Media and Magical Elves. It snagged the Emmy for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media: Multi-platform Storytelling. The series is also nominated for two Creative Arts Emmy awards — Outstanding Special Class: Short-Format Nonfiction Program and Outstanding Interactive Program — which will handed out at a ceremony on September 15.

Hosted by celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and sponsored by Toyota, “Last Chance Kitchen” returns for a third season on Wednesday, October 2, tagged to the 11th season of “Top Chef,” which will take place in New Orleans. In advance of the season premiere, Bravo has also launched a prequel web series called “Padma’s Picks” to give one New Orleans-based chef a chance to earn a spot on the TV show.

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