Emmy Award Winning Producer inspires students with message

2013-12-01T09:00:00Z Emmy Award Winning Producer inspires students with messageDamian Rico, The Times nwitimes.com
December 01, 2013 9:00 am  • 

SCHERERVILLE | When The History Channel's Emmy Award-winning senior television producer and region native Sean Kennedy was a kid, he never dreamt he'd be in a tux making his acceptance speech in front of millions. In fact, he thought he'd have a career in science.

"I loved science," said Kennedy, speaking to St. Michael students last week. "I found that I was lacking in the skills necessary to have a career in chemistry so I had to alter my plan. You have to be open-minded and keep moving forward by making new plans."

In town from South Orange, New Jersey, for a family affair, Kennedy spent his Friday, Nov. 22 talking about his career to areas students at Lake Central High School and ended his day at St. Michael the Archangel.

"I played Biddy Ball and made my sacraments at St. Michael, and even used their cemetery for my first video at Lake Central," said Kennedy. "It's ironic that I come home and speak to students at these places that hold a special place for me."

Kennedy answered students' questions from the Hollywood scene, dropping the Emmy, his favorite shows and movies to his current projects.

Kennedy received his Emmy in September for Outstanding Special Class Short-Format Non Fiction for the the History.com series "Remembering 9/11" about numerous items going into the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

"The most rewarding part of my career is the reactions from the audience, from tears to laughs to the educational side," said Kennedy. "It's great when people learn something new or get a different perspective from something I had a hand in creating."

Kennedy is currently working on "Bonnie and Clyde," starring Emile Hirsch, Holliday Grainger, William Hurt and Holly Hunter, a miniseries for The History Channel, Lifetime and A&E. The four-hour, two-night event tells the story of the iconic gangster duo whose criminal activity has left a lasting legacy.

Also on Kennedy's work load is "Big History," a series that combines his two loves-science and history, and creates and links dozens of questions about the universe as we know it.

"I'm really excited about 'Big History'," said Kennedy. "It's the perfect combination of my two fascinations."

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