SEPTEMBER 10, 2018

Tonight Show legend Jay Leno ’73 and eight other Emerson College alumni spoke on a series of panels at the WME theatre on September 5 in celebration of this year’s Emerson Emmy nominees. An audience of nearly 70 Emersonians listened to Emmy winners and nominees speak about their work, share advice, and tell stories.

“It’s great to see so many Emersonians doing amazing things,” said Kevin McManus ’09, a writer and co-producer on Netflix’s American Vandal.

Kevin and his twin brother, Matt, are both first-time Emmy nominees for their writing on American Vandal, a true crime mockumentary. They are among the more than 15 Emersonians nominated for Emmys this year.

Matt spent time speaking with visiting Emerson Los Angeles faculty member Jim Macak, whom he took a class with as an undergraduate, and shared stories about how he influenced him as a writer. He talked about how so many of his collaborators today are people he met at Emerson, including producers Tony Yacenda ’09 and Dan Perrault ’09, who created the Peabody Award-wining series.
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