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Baton Rouge – In ceremonies on Saturday, December 14 in Orlando, Florida, The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Suncoast Chapter awarded Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière the Suncoast EMMY® Award for Best Historical Documentary.

Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière was produced in 2019 by Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) in collaboration with the National World War II Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The film sheds light on a relatively unexplored, but pivotal battle to secure a critical route inland for allied forces invading Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. The fight for the La Fière causeway and bridge is regarded as one of the bloodiest small arms battles in U.S. military history, fought largely by members of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Recognized with Suncoast EMMY® awards for the film are: Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award-winner and LPB Deputy Director Christina Melton, Executive Producer and Director of the Project; fellow duPont-Columbia Award-winner C.E. Richard, writer; Tessa Jagger, producer; and LPB’s Donald “D-Ray!” Washington and Matt Hathcox; editors.

“The D-Day invasion changed the course of history and turned the tide in the fight against tyranny in World War II. Yet, even seventy-five years after these soldiers saved the world, we are still finding incredible, largely untold stories of bravery against overwhelming odds. It is gratifying for a story like this to be recognized with this prestigious award,” says Christina Melton, Executive Producer and Director of the film.

Capturing the La Fière story for the first time in documentary form, the LPB production relies on first-hand accounts of paratroopers and glidermen who battled their way across the Norman countryside to secure the small, stone La Fière bridge and causeway - even returning to Normandy to walk the battlefields with the heroic men who fought there. The National World War II Museum recorded these interviews more than a decade ago as part of its effort to document oral history from war veterans while they were still living. Mark Harmon (NCIS, The West Wing, Chicago Hope) narrates, with an original music score by Lauren Buchter, an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) Composer to Watch. The score was recorded by a live orchestra in Budapest, Hungary. Seize and Secure: The Battle for La Fière was produced thanks to the generous support of Madlyn and Paul Hillard.

Suncoast EMMY® Awards:

The Suncoast Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the standard-bearer for excellence in the television industry and the gatekeeper of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards in the Suncoast Region. The Suncoast Chapter represents the best and brightest television and media professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of the Suncoast region’s television markets. The 43rd Annual Suncoast Regional EMMY® Awards was held on Saturday, December 14th, 2019 in Orlando.


Louisiana Public Broadcasting is a state network of six non-commercial television stations licensed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA), established in 1971 by the Louisiana Legislature. The Mission of Louisiana Public Broadcasting is to provide programming that is intelligent, informative, educational and entertaining. LPB strives to connect the citizens of Louisiana by creating content that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events.

LPB CONTACT: Christina Melton, cmelton@lpb.org