A University of Central Florida graduate and Hollywood producer has just been nominated for an Emmy award.

Clay Newbill is a producer on ABC’s hit TV show “Shark Tank”. The show was one of five nominated for an Emmy for best reality series.

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“I’m really good,” Newbill told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday from Los Angeles. “Very excited here. As a boy who grew up in Ormond Beach and went to the University of Central Florida, to be nominated for this show is an incredible feeling.”

The show will be up against other top series for the award, including PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and CBS’ “Undercover Boss.”


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“I can’t believe it, I’m very humbled by it,” Newbill said to the Orlando Sentienl. “It’s fantastic to know our peers recognize ‘Shark Tank’ as a show they admire. I tell everybody that producing ‘Shark Tank’ is the best job in the world. It’s so rewarding to work on a show that has social value and is helping people when they need it the most.”

Newbill graduated from UCF in 1982. He has worked on many other hit TV shows such as MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules” and ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.”

The awards are presented on September 22.