“Deadliest Catch,” “Going Clear” lead way at Creative Arts Emmys

Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch (pictured) and Alex Gibney's documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief headed the non-fiction/reality TV series pack at the 67th Creative Arts Emmy Awards held Saturday night (September 12).
September 14, 2015

Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch (pictured) and Alex Gibney‘s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief headed the non-fiction/reality TV series pack at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards held Saturday night (September 12) with three statuettes, while HBO’s investigative docuseries The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst walked away with two trophies.

Exec produced by Thom Beers, Jeff Conroy, John Gray, David Pritikin and Joseph Boyle, Discovery’s Deadliest Catch claimed wins for outstanding unstructured reality program, outstanding cinematography for reality programming and outstanding picture editing for reality programming.

Meanwhile, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, from HBO Documentary Films in association with Sky Atlantic and Jigsaw Productions, picked up outstanding documentary or non-fiction special, outstanding writing for non-fiction programming, and outstanding directing for non-fiction programming. The film, which received seven Primetime Emmy nominations this year, provides an investigative look into the finances and leadership culture in the Church of Scientology. Sky Atlantic will also broadcast the documentary on September 21 at 9 p.m. GMT.

Elsewhere, HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst was awarded with outstanding picture editing for non-fiction programming and outstanding documentary or non-fiction series. The docuseries also received six Primetime Emmy nominations.

Other winners include the Orlando von Einsiedel-directed Virunga  for Netflix, which won for outstanding cinematography for nonfiction programming; Laura PoitrasCitizenfour for HBO, which won exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking; Shark Tank for outstanding structured reality program; and The Voice, which won outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety series.

Overall, HBO won the most Creative Arts Emmys with 29 awards, followed by NBC with 11 and FX Networks with 8.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards were presented at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater, which will play host to the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, taking place this Sunday (September 20) and presented by Andy Samberg.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.