The City of Santa Monica’s CityTV program Downbeat Showdown #4 has won the Los Angeles area Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming.”

The award was given by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at the academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theater in North Hollywood, Saturday, August 12th, in an awards ceremony hosted by Keith Olbermann of MCNBC.

Santa Monica’s government access CityTV cable channel 16 and the Miles Memorial Playhouse were recognized for their collaboration on a teen talent competition that aired in March 2005.

Downbeat Showdown was inspired by the popular teen program Downbeat 720, which happens on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:20 p.m. at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica.

Executive producers of Downbeat Showdown were Robin Gee of CityTV and Justin Yoffe, a cultural affairs supervisor with the city’s Cultural Affairs Department.

Additional Emmys were given to CityTV associate producer Al Johnson and to show host Joe Hernandez-Kolski.

Other city personnel involved with the program are Kenneth Hinegardner, Work Bukowski and Miguel Siquieros of CityTV and Christopher Hall of Cultural Affairs.

An edited version of the live show will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, August 26th, on KTLA in Los Angeles.

Seen on cable channel 16 in Santa Monica, CityTV airs live coverage of Santa Monica City Council meetings, local news and other programming for Santa Monica residents.

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