Scottville’s Harold Cronk nominated for Emmy Award

December 9, 2022

Harold Cronk

Scottville’s Harold Cronk nominated for Emmy Award

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

LOS ANGELES — On Saturday, Dec. 10, Mason County will be represented at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards. Scottville-based filmmaker Harold David Cronk has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on a Disney series. Cronk was nominated for an award for Outstanding Directing for a Multiple Camera Program for his work as director of the Disney-Plus series “The Quest,” a fantasy-based reality television series for children. 

The show features a group of teenagers who participate in an immersive scripted adventure in a high fantasy setting, the kingdom of Everealm. The adventure is structured around various challenges tied to the fantasy storyline. While the ongoing storyline is scripted and the contestants are interacting with actors throughout the competition, the actual challenges are genuine, with competitive outcomes determined by the contestants’ abilities and decisions.

Cronk is a 1993 graduate of Mason County Central, a graduate of West Shore Community College and of Central Michigan University. He and his family live in Amber Township. 

He is best known for directing “God’s Not Dead,” the highest grossing faith film in history. He also directed “God’s Not Dead II.” His studio, 10 West Studios, has produced more films in the state of Michigan than any other film production company. In 2012 he wrote, produced and directed “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure,” featuring Christopher Lloyd and filmed mostly in Manistee and Ludington. He also wrote, produced and directed its sequel, “Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson” in 2014, also created locally. His portfolio includes several other film projects.

In 2020, Cronk co-wrote and produced “Deer Camp ’86”, which was filmed mostly in Mason and Oceana counties. The film, which has not yet been distributed, won Best Special Effects at Screamfest 2022, the world’s largest horror film festival, where it made its international debut. It was recently shown at The Vogue Theatre in Manistee.

In 2021, he released a children’s book, “The Beard Ballad” which is on sale locally at The Book Mark in Ludington.

The Children’s & Family Emmy Awards take place over two nights, Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles. The director awards will be presented on Saturday. The awards are presented by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Children’s & Family awards are the first standalone expansion of the Emmy Award competition since 1979, and mark the successful culmination of the first full year of the realignment between NATAS and the Television Academy.

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