Last night, the Television Academy unveiled the names of the nominees for the 72nd Emmy Awards. The Emmys are followed closely within the VR community as the Interactive Media categories have become focused on honoring the best virtual reality projects of the year.
Out of the three nominees announced in the « Outstanding Original Interactive Program » category, the French VR documentary studio TARGO obtained two nominations for their projects.
"We are honored to see that our approach for VR content — stories offering extraordinary experiences, access and narratives to mainstream audiences — is rewarded with these nominations", said Victor Agulhon, cofounder of TARGO and producer of the experiences.
The TARGO projects nominated were both produced in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus and are available on Oculus TV:
- Rebuilding Notre Dame, a vibrant tribute to the cathedral before and after the fire narrated by the people who look after the monument.
- When We Stayed Home, a four-episode series offering tours of eerily empty cities under lockdowns around the world.
It’s the first time that one studio grabs two nominations in this category the same year. With the third project being « The Messy Truth » this year’s nominees seem to reflect more on the current times.
"Our documentaries on Notre-Dame and the cities under lockdowns are universal experiences — they speak to everyone. They talk about the spirit of our time and VR is the most powerful way to reflect on them", said Agulhon.
The next stop for these projects is the Awards ceremony to be held on September 20.