One of Newingtonâ€™s own has broken into the world of television entertainment.
Town native Seann Morgan is a nominee in the Television Academy Foundationâ€™s 40th College Television Awards, taking place June 18-20 in Los Angeles, California.
Morgan, 22, is a 2019 graduate of Hofstra University, where he worked as head writer on â€śThursday Nite Liveâ€ť â€“ a live sketch comedy show produced and broadcast monthly by students. He was nominated in the Awardsâ€™ variety category along with eight of his classmates, for their work on the last episode of Season 17.
This is the first time TNL has been nominated in the College Television Awards, an event that has launched the careers of many TV greats. Past nominees and winners have worked on The Handmaidâ€™s Tale, Tom Clancyâ€™s Jack Ryan, The Simpsons, Americaâ€™s Got Talent, Greyâ€™s Anatomy, 60 Minutes and Empire, among others.
Hofstra students who write and produce TNL do so in their free time, not earning any college credit for their participation. That makes being nominated for such a prestigious award even more of an accomplishment for Morgan.
â€śWe were there because we wanted to be,â€ť he explained. â€śIâ€™m proud of everything we did and to be nominated at this level, the producers and I were super psyched.â€ť
Morganâ€™s passion for entertainment was first cultivated in Newington. Before graduating from Newington High School in 2015, he was involved with musical theatre and chorus and spent many years in the Newington Childrenâ€™s Theatre Company.
â€śThose experiences really gave me a taste of performance, writing and storytelling,â€ť Morgan remembered. â€śThey really made me think, maybe this whole entertainment thing is something I would like to make into a career.â€ť
He spent his first semester at Hofstra as a theatre major, before falling in love with TV and film and switching gears.
Since graduating last May, Morgan moved to New York City and has been working as a freelance production assistant for various media companies, exploring different television genres.
He interned at â€śThe Steven Colbert Showâ€ť and went on to work on HBOâ€™s â€śSuccessionâ€ť as well as â€śItâ€™s Personal with Amy Hoggartâ€ť which airs on TruTV.
â€śSuccession was a show a lot of my friends weâ€™re obsessed with so to be working with the people creating it was pretty cool,â€ť Morgan said.
These days, heâ€™s back on the market again to continue learning and exploring the world of entertainment.
â€śA lot of film and TV production is halted right now, so Iâ€™m sort of keeping my ears to the ground for the next opportunity,â€ť Morgan said. â€śIâ€™m having a great time freelancing. My ultimate dream is to make my way up the ladder eventually and become a writer on a TV show. I love writing and I love the writing community. Thatâ€™s the dream.â€ť
The College Television Awards honors achievement in student-produced programs, featuring stars from todayâ€™s top television shows presenting awards to winners in eight categories.
â€śFor 40 years the program has been instrumental in identifying and nurturing top young storytellers,â€ť said Madeline DiNonno, chair of the Television Academy Foundation.
The Academy is continuing to monitor developments around the COVID-19 outbreak. The Awards were rescheduled from their original March date to June 18-20, at the Wolf Theatre inside the Academyâ€™s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.
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