“Legacy,” an all-access look at the University of Michigan men’s lacrosse Team One matchup against Ohio State in the 2012 Battle at the Big House, produced for MGoBlue.com won an Emmy Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last weekend (June 15) at MotorCity Casino Soundboard Theater in Detroit.
Writer/producer Michael O’Leary and his group of Britta O’Leary, Jonathan Campbell and Martin Vloet took home the win in the Photographer-Program (Non-News) category. The piece was narrated by actor Zach McGowan, and was also nominated for Sports-One Time Special as well as Writer-Program.
“These annual lacrosse videos have been nominated before, but it’s pretty special to be recognized this year as an Emmy winner,” said O’Leary, who played under men’s lacrosse head coach John Paul from 2001-05, earning All-CCLA second team honors as a midfielder in 2004. “However, it’s more than a professional recognition of the craft, it’s a testament to Coach Paul’s understanding and leveraging of unique media and communication vehicles. Our group was granted unprecedented and completely unrestricted access to the players, coaches and staff throughout the entire process, which allows us to focus on being creative. The ability to do something like this is just a small part of what Coach Paul has always encouraged, which is to be leaders and the best in everything we do and establish an elite Division I culture. It was a privilege to play for him and it’s a continued pleasure to give back to team every year.”
Overall, O’Leary has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards and has won six. His resume also boasts four College Sports Media Award category wins, including one in 2011 for College Sports Video of the Year, which was entitled “Timeless” and featured a historical look at Michigan Stadium and the U-M football team.