The National Academy of Arts & Sciences’ 31st annual News & Documentary Awards were presented in New York City on September 27. Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which aired on VH1, won for outstanding arts and culture programming, while Geoffrey Smith’s The English Surgeon won the outstanding science and technology programming category for its run on PBS’ POV. Planet Green’s The Last Beekeeper, from World of Wonder and director Jeremy Simmons, claimed the outstanding nature programming Emmy award, and best documentary went to War Dance, from directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, which aired on the Sundance Channel. The Academy also doled out forward thinking awards, including the new approaches to news & documentary programming: documentaries award, which went to NYTimes.com‘s One in 8 Million, from EP’s Juliet Gorman, Jodi Rudoren and Andrew De Vigal. The remainder of the winners can be found at www.emmyonline.org/mediacenter/news_31st_winners.html.
- RS West ’18