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Students are involved in the production of the sitcom at all levels. Photo by Chealsea Allen '14.An episode of Asbury University’s sitcom, “Friends Like You,” recently won an Accolade Award of Merit, joining a growing list of class projects that have garnered acclaim.

“I’m very happy to see that all of the hard work and talent that our students invested in the program is being recognized,” said Professor Doug Smart, who teaches the sitcom production class and has been recognized professionally for his work in primetime network television. “Most of the other recipients in our category were professional companies from the United States and other countries.”

The Sitcom Production class at Asbury is one of only a few such programs in the United States, and the only one outside the greater Los Angeles area. Students are involved in every aspect of the sitcom, from writing subplots to operating cameras and editing post-production. The sitcom is filmed on campus in front of a live studio audience. Episode 404, which won the Accolade Award, was written, filmed and produced during the 2011-2012 academic year.

“My Brother, My Brother,” a short film directed by Professor Josh Overbay and filmed by students last summer, won an Accolade Award of Merit in September 2012.