Film Alum Wins Emmy for 'Boardwalk Empire'

Jeffrey Stern BFA '75 (Film) receives award for Outstanding Sound Editing for hit HBO series

November 13, 2013

UArts alumnus Jeffrey Stern BFA ’75 (Film) [pictured 4th from left above] has won an Emmy for his work on the hit HBO series "Boardwalk Empire."

The award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series was presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences during the Primetime Creative Arts Awards ceremony, held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles in September.

Stern, an assistant professor of professional practice at the University of Miami School of Communication, was the dialogue editor on the winning team. He has served as a filmmaker in residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and as an adjunct professor at the New School in New York City.

"Boardwalk Empire" stars Steve Buscemi and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. In addition to the sound award, it also received Emmys for art direction for a single-camera series, for hairstyling and for sound mixing.

"It’s terrific fun to work on a project that sustains such a high level in every aspect of the production: writing, acting, art direction, photography…" Stern said. "It’s at a feature-film creative level on a weekly schedule. Our sound crew is a great team of editors, all working at the prime of their craft."

Stern has worked on more than 100 films, including "The Original Kings of Comedy," "School of Rock," "Silence of the Lambs," "Goodfellas," "The Untouchables," "American Splendor," "Chicago" and "The Cove," which won the Academy Award for best feature-length documentary in 2009. Stern was previously nominated for an Emmy for his work on "Boardwalk Empire" in 2012 and for the documentary "Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind."

"Sound is 50 percent of the narrative experience," Stern said. "In a series such as 'Boardwalk,' sound is a major element in creating that time, place and mood."

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