“Undercover Boss,” “Frozen Planet” win Creative Arts Emmys

George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Deadliest Catch and Hatfields & McCoys also receive multiple honors at the Los Angeles event over the weekend. (Pictured: Frozen Planet)
September 17, 2012

Frozen Planet was the big non-fiction winner at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy awards on Saturday evening, taking four awards.

The seven-episode natural history event series was named outstanding non-fiction series, and also received awards for outstanding cinematography for non-fiction programming, outstanding picture editing for non-fiction, and outstanding sound editing. Airing on Discovery Channel in the U.S., the series is a BBC/Discovery Channel/Antena 3 Television S.A./ ZDF/ Skai/ Open University coproduction, in association with Discovery Canada.

Discovery had another multiple winner in Deadliest Catch, which received awards for outstanding cinematography for reality programming, and outstanding picture editing for reality.

Legendary director Martin Scorsese added another award to his mantle, receiving the honor for outstanding directing for non-fiction programming, for George Harrison: Living in the Material World. The doc, which aired on HBO in the U.S., also claimed the prize for outstanding non-fiction special.

The award for exception merit in documentary filmmaking was given to the seven-part doc series Have You Heard From Johannesburg, produced and directed by Connie Field and aired in the U.S. on PBS ‘Independent Lens.’

Undercover Boss from Studio Lambert for CBS was named outstanding reality program, and History’s Hatfields & McCoys, a scripted miniseries from Thinkfactory Media that set ratings records for the net, claimed three awards – for outstanding sound mixing for a miniseries or movie, outstanding single-camera picture editing for a miniseries or movie, and outstanding make-up for a miniseries or movie (non-prosthetic).

DGA: Moments in Time was named outstanding special class programming for short-format non-fiction, and Sesame Street: Growing Hope against Hunger received the award for outstanding children’s non-fiction, reality or reality-competition programming.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards were presented at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, which will also be the home to the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, taking place this Sunday, September 23.


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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.