“He is one of the nicest teachers and father figures that anyone could ask for,” Southeastern employee John Williams said.
Rick Settoon is an international award-winning producer, writer and director of prime time network television programming, and general manager of the Southeastern Channel, Southeastern Louisiana University’s educational access cable channel.
Settoon, a Hammond native who graduated from Southeastern in 1980, has brought 40+ years of television experience to the channel, which debuted in 2003 on Charter Communications Channel 18.
“The potential of the Southeastern Channel is enormous,” Settoon said. “We are excited about the quality and variety of programs we bring to area viewers in the past and coming years — shows they’ll enjoy and benefit from. We want the channel to be a beacon of education and culture for the university, community and entire southeast region of Louisiana.”
“Southeastern is indeed fortunate to have someone with Rick Settoon’s exceptional experience join in the effort for the Southeastern Channel to realize its full potential,” Southeastern President John Crain said.
Settoon’s more than 300 productions have aired on the Fox Family Network and ABC Family Network and were viewed by a national audience of more than one million daily in the United States and 90 foreign countries. As the director of the special products division and producer for a live daily news magazine/talk show for The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), he wrote and directed prime time specials, documentary programs and series, dramatic programs, feature segments and commercials in 35 states and overseas.
He also was project coordinator and documentary producer for Coastal Video Productions, the world’s largest producer of safety and training productions. His productions included Ground Zero: After the Fall, which aired internationally during the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Because of his work and contribution with high-quality production and programming as its staple, the Southeastern Channel has already won over 300 regional, national and international awards, including 15 Emmy Awards and 56 Emmy nominations along with multiple top awards from prestiged film industries.
Settoon has been honored with a national Emmy Award nomination and prestigious George Foster Peabody Award recognition. His work has also been recognized with national Telly Awards and multiple first place awards at the New York Festivals, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival, and the WorldFest International Film and Video Festival.
The Southeastern Channel features a variety of educational programming, including telecourses and programs created by Southeastern staff and students. The station’s programming partners include the Annenberg Channel, one of the nation’s leading producers of educational programming; NASA-TV which provides news and features about the space program and space exploration; classic arts showcase, which presents music, theater, and other productions in short video clips; and world business review, a newsmagazine focused on topical business issues.