PBS, HBO and ‘Survivor’ take home Creative Arts Emmys

Big winners at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys included Ken Burns' National Parks documentary, HBO docs, and CBS' Survivor.
August 23, 2010

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys were given out this weekend, handing out 70 awards, selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Among the categories included in the ceremony were several pertaining to non-fiction series and specials, as well as cinematography, editing, writing and sound mixing.

Barak Goodman won the award for Outstanding Directing for Non-fiction Programming for his work on PBS’ My Lai (realscreen‘s pick for MIPTV’s Best in Show last April), while the Ken Burns doc National Parks: America’s Best Idea picked up both top non-fiction series and writing for non-fiction programming honors, for writer Dayton Duncan. PBS’ POV also broadcast the Exceptional Merit in Non-fiction Filmmaking award-winning documentary, Nerakhoon (The Betrayal).

Survivor host Jeff Probst won the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for the third time in a row, and remains the only winner for the three-year-old category. ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution took home the Outstanding Reality Program award, beating out strong competition from Dirty Jobs, MythBusters, Undercover Boss and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, as well as Antiques Roadshow.

The BBC/Discovery blue chip series Life received the top award for cinematography in non-fiction programming, while CBS’ Survivor racked up the cinematography award for reality programming. Discovery’s The Deadliest Catch, from Original Productions, got the nod for sound mixing in non-fiction programming.

HBO’s By the People: The Election of Barack Obama received top honors for picture editing in non-fiction, while A&E’s Intervention took the picture editing award for reality programming. HBO also picked up an award for Teddy: In His Own Words in the Outstanding Non-fiction Special category.

History’s six-part doc series America: The Story of Us, from Jane Root’s Nutopia, took the prize for sound editing in non-fiction programming. The Outstanding Children’s Non-fiction Program award went to Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer, which aired on Nickelodeon.

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