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May 24, 2018

Allie Clancy wins NESN's Next Producer Competition | Photo Courtesy of NESNPhoto courtesy of NESN

It was the bottom of the second inning at the May 16 Boston Red Sox game when Alexandra Clancy '20 was called to the NESN broadcast booth at Fenway Park. Network executives told her that each of the NESN Next Producer finalists would make an appearance. Little did she know what would happen next. Moments later, Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner announced that the Lasell sophomore had won the film competition that began in February with 12 semi-finalists representing area colleges.

"It was a moment I will never forget," said Clancy. "In that one moment everything just fell into place. All of the work that I put in since October was worth it."  

A documentary written and produced by Clancy, a communication major with a concentration in entertainment media, was among the three frontrunners in the competition back in April as judged by Werner and Hollywood producer Brad Falchuk (a Brookline native). These remaining competitors were tasked with producing a 60-second commercial about the Red Sox for the final round of competition.  

To create her winning commercial, Clancy focused on capturing the excitement of Red Sox fans through various interviews she conducted. Her goal: Demonstrate that baseball is more than a game. Here in Red Sox Nation, baseball brings people together around a shared passion.

"I wanted to do something compelling and unifying," she said.  

The commercial aired live on NESN (the New England Sports Network is owned by the Red Sox and the Boston Bruins) that evening at the end of the inning.

Lasell President Michael B. Alexander shared his congratulations with Clancy shortly after the announcement was made.  

"We join with the Red Sox and NESN in congratulating Allie on her beautiful and compelling film. She should be very proud of this accomplishment, and we at Lasell are proud of her," he said. 

Clancy credits the communications department and the greater Lasell community for her success.  

"I had a lot of support from the people at Lasell and ... I wouldn't have been able to do it without them."  

As a result of her big win, Clancy will receive a $20,000 grand prize and an internship at NESN. Clancy will meet with the network's human resources department to determine the structure and focus of her internship to align with the network's needs and her career goals.                 

Allie Clancy wins NESN's Next Producer competition | Photo Courtesy of NESN

Photo courtesy of NESN