Born to Explore with Richard Wiese airs on ABC each week all around the country (on Shabbos, so you probably haven’t seen it). However, not known to many, a substantial part of the global adventure show that takes viewers around the world in search of amazing people, places, and things, is edited here in Cedarhurst at DMJ Digital Media on Central Avenue. Recently it was announced that the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded Born to Explore with Richard Wiese an Emmy at the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
DMJ Digital Media, which produced the graphics for the show’s opening and which cuts domestic, international, and specials for the weekly award-winning show, is usually known for doing professional-quality dinner and yeshiva videos for the likes of Darchei Torah, TAG, Hatzalah, Achiezer, and Chai Lifeline. But, unknown to many, David Jasse, DMJ’s founder, has his roots in broadcast television and still has his hands in “both worlds.”
Mr. Jasse, a Cedarhurst local, comes from an extensive broadcast background, which included work for CNN, MTV, Discovery, and CBS, and is proud to put his years of professional training at the networks to good and holy use for Klal Yisrael. “Last week was a dream come true for DMJ. In the same night, part of our team was out celebrating the Emmy, and I was attending Chai Lifeline’s annual gala dinner in New York City, where I watched over 1,100 people give a standing ovation to a little girl battling with cancer after watching her being featured in our mini-documentary Two Journeys,” says Jasse.
Mr. Jasse is referring to the recent Chai Lifeline annual corporate banquet with a record crowd that stood on their feet cheering and chanting for over two minutes following the short documentary that featured Morgan right before her dramatic wheelchair entrance onto the stage. You could hear a pin drop during the entire video, as viewers were shocked when hearing about Morgan’s frightening battles after two harrowing bone-marrow transplants. The dinner was an amazing tribute to the heroes of Chai Lifeline. In addition to two short films by DMJ that were featured, there were highly emotional speeches by children with cancer, along with potent speeches by honorees and supporters, which came to an amazing finale with a surprise choreographed “flash mob” performance on the giant red carpet running down the center of the banquet hall.
Each week, Born to Explore with Richard Wiese embarks on enlightening adventures to places near and far, showcasing inspiring stories about nature, people, places, and the planet we all inhabit. The series has officially been renewed through the 2016 season.
“This award is a reflection of the outstanding work by the entire Born to Explore team. We are very proud that in only our second season, we have been nominated for three Emmys and have won one,” commented show host and executive producer Richard Wiese. v