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Stars Broadcast Team Win Lone Star Emmy

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

FOX Sports Southwest won two Emmys at the 9th annual Lone Star Emmy Awards honoring broadcast excellence in Texas held Saturday in Houston.

For the ninth consecutive year since the inception of the statewide award, FOX Sports Southwest took home the Emmy for Best Live Sports Event for the 2010 Dallas Stars home opener against the Detroit Red Wings.

The game featured the much-anticipated return to Dallas of Mike Modano, the face of the Stars’ franchise for 20 years, who was playing one final season for the Stars’ biggest rival, the Detroit Red Wings. Producer Jason Walsh and director Mark Vittorio balanced the emotional storyline of Modano’s first game back on Dallas ice in a Red Wings jersey by reliving the Stars’ past, while looking ahead to the team’s future.

It marked the third time a FOX Sports Southwest Stars game won an Emmy for Best Live Sports Event, joining Game 6 of the 2008 NHL Western Conference Semifinal series quadruple overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks, and Game 5 of the 2003 Stars-Edmonton Oilers Western Conference quarterfinals.

High School Spotlight, the longest-running series on FOX Sports Southwest devoted to Texas High School sports, also captured an Emmy in the Sports Program category. The winning entry was produced by Neil Beasley and shot by photographer Jeff Irwin.

“I’m extremely proud of our talented staff for the high-quality of work we consistently achieve to create the best sports television,” said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou. “Being recognized by our peers is validation of our excellent work in front of the camera and behind the scenes.”

The Lone Star Emmys are presented by the Lone Star Chapter of the National Television Academy. Entries are judged by peer judging panels from major television markets across the country. Over 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration.

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