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Early Emmy win for “Mea Maxima Culpa”

Alex Gibney's Catholic Church doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (pictured) has won an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.
August 14, 2013

Alex Gibney’s Catholic Church doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (pictured) has won an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today named the juried winners for the 65th Emmy Awards in the categories of animation, documentary making, and costumes for a variety program or special.

There are no nominees for the juried awards – rather, the juried categories are screened by a panel, which has the option of rewarding any number of Emmys to the eligible contenders. Unanimous approval from the panel is required before a gong can be handed out.

The doc, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, was made by Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions in association with HBO Documentary Films, Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films. Gibney, producers Todd and Jedd Wider, and exec producer Sheila Nevins, were honored.

The win comes in addition to docs multiple nominations for the forthcoming 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.

In addition to HBO doc’s win, an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or a Special went to History and Stephen David Entertainment’s The Men Who Built America, for the episode ‘Bloody Battles.’

Costume designer Sarah Beers, and costume supervisors Rachael Leah Greene and Lisa Faibish, were honored.

The awards will be bestowed during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are to be held in LA on September 15. The ceremony will be taped for a two-hour, edited show, which will air on soon-to-launch U.S. network FXX, on September 21.

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