The three ads -- on music piracy, bootleg clothing and the stealing of trade secrets -- were nominated for an Emmy in the PSA (single spot or campaign) category. The winners will be announced at the
Thomas said he was honored to receive the nomination and took great pleasure in the fact the nod was for a project he did with CSUN faculty and students.
"In many ways, getting this nomination is an affirmation of what we do here at CSUN and a reflection on the caliber of our students and our faculty," he said. "Our goal, when we created this project, was to educate people about the dangers of stealing intellectual property. But I also saw it as an opportunity to give our students a chance to work on a professional project that would have national exposure, something they can be proud to put on their resumes."
The project was done through Thomas' production company, which specializes in making PSAs. "I call it doing social work using film and other media," he said.
Working with federal law enforcement officials and assisted by a team of CSUN students and faculty, Thomas created a series of 30-second ads last year as part of national campaigns to educate the public about intellectual property theft and cyber bullying.
The CSUN cinema and television arts students worked alongside seasoned industry journeymen in a variety of capacities behind the camera to create the spots. Editing of the PSAs was done by CSUN students under the supervision of film professor
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