Videographer Stephen Panariello (B.F.A. ’88, M.A. ’93) and his team at Digital Island Media earned an Emmy award for technical achievement from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their filming of the Hoyt S. Vandenberg, which was sunk to create an artificial reef along Key West, Fla. He and his crew had the unique opportunity to film the sinking from the decks of the ship, mounting cameras along the vessel to capture its descent into 140 feet of water.
“After 23 years in the business, it’s rare that I find myself in a situation I haven’t experienced before—and one that no one had experienced before,” Steve told the Key West Citizen. As co-owner of Digital Island Media, he works with media outlets that include National Geographic, the Food Network, the BBC, CSPAN, ESPN HD, Comcast, CNN, and other major networks. The Vandenberg segment was produced to provide pool coverage of the event to various major media outlets.
“Walking away from the podium after being handed the Emmy was absolutely one of the biggest highlights of my entire career. I often think about how much NYIT helped me to get here,” he says. “I am a very proud NYIT alumnus and never miss an opportunity to tell others what a great experience it was.”
Pictured is Steven holding his Emmy with NYIT Director of Development Linda Marshall.