Emmy Fever

“There was much kvelling going on at the Rosenthal house this morning,” Rich Rosenthal said last Thursday, shortly after the Emmy nominations were announced. That’s because Rosenthal, a producer at Young & Rubicam, New York, and his team earned a nomination for “Amnesia,” a TV spot for Computer Associates. Meanwhile, Phil Rosenthal, Rich’s brother, is up for three Emmys—as executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond, a candidate for best comedy series; as the writer of one of the show’s episodes; and as a co-writer of the America: A Tribute to Heroes telethon.

“It was a surprise, especially since it didn’t even get shortlisted at Cannes,” Rich says of “Amnesia,” in which freak accidents knock out a couple of corporate lackeys, leaving their boss data-less and chagrined. It’s Rich’s first nomination; Phil has earned four previous nominations but has never won. (Something of a Renaissance man, Phil also directed the hilarious Bill Clinton video for the White House Correspondents Dinner back in 2000.)

Rich and Phil wanted to attend the awards together. But it won’t happen. The commercial prize will be given out Sept. 14 at the Creative Arts Awards; the TV-show honors are presented at the official Emmy Awards Sept. 22. “He gets to go to the real ceremony,” Rich says with a laugh.