South Florida native Jerry Kolber up for an Emmy

Hometown boy done good: Miami Palmetto Senior High School grad Jerry Kolber is being mentioned in the same breath as Oprah Winfrey, Anthony Bourdain, James Lipton, and Gwyneth Paltrow these days. All are up for an Emmy TV award in Outstanding Informational Series or Special. Kolber, 41, is nominated as the creator and executive producer of the new National Geographic Channel hit series Brain Games, which reveals the inner workings of the brain through interactive games and experiments. His years in Miami, Kolber said, gave him the boost he needed to create the concept. “Growing up in Miami,” Kolber said, “I spent a ton of time in the Everglades, riding bikes at Matheson Hammock, and roaming around Whispering Pines. … There’s no question that being surrounded by nature so much of the time inspired my interest in relatable science. “Growing up in Miami in the ’80s was a strange experience, which no doubt helped me create this very strange TV show, I mean, Emmy-nominated series about the brain. Who would’ve thought?” The program is hosted by Jason Silva, who also grew up in Miami. The 2013 Emmys show is scheduled to air live Sept. 22 on CBS.