PBS leads News & Doc Emmy winners

'Frontline' doc United States of Secrets and 'POV' film After Tiller (pictured) shared Best Documentary honors at the 36th annual awards, which were presented in New York on Monday (September 28).
September 29, 2015

United States of Secrets, After TillerĀ (pictured), Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus and Dinosaur 13 were among the documentary winners at the 36th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, which were presentedĀ in New York on Monday night (September 28).

PBS snagged the most trophies with 17, followed by CBS with 9, NBC with four, Univision with three and The New York Times with two. Awards were given out in 45 categories that covered nightly news, investigative journalism, long-form reporting and documentary.

United States of Secrets, a documentary that aired on PBS series “Frontline,” won two awards: Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form and Best Documentary, for which it tied with After Tiller, a ‘POV’ doc about the handful of U.S. doctors that perform late-term abortions.

HBO won the Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming award for Madeleine Sackler’s Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, about a theatre troupe in Belarus that tackles social and political issues.

CNN picked up the Outstanding Science and Technology Programming statuette for Todd Miller’s Dinosaur 13, which the network acquired out of the Sundance Film Festival last year. The doc focuses on paleontologist Peter Larson’s historic find of a nearly intact, 65-million-year-old fossilized skeleton of a T.Rex.

Other PBS winners include the ‘POV’ doc When I Walk, which won Outstanding Information Programming – Long Form; the ‘Independent Lens’ film The Trials of Muhammed Ali, which took home the Outstanding Historical Programming – Long Form award; Medora, another ‘Independent Lens’ doc, which won Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting – Long Form; and ‘Frontline’ doc Firestone and the Warlord, which won Outstanding Investigative Journalism – Long Form.

PBS wildlife strand ‘Nature’ picked up two awards for Snow Monkeys: Outstanding Nature Programming and Outstanding Cinematography for DP Joseph Pontecorvo.

In the New Approaches category for documentary, honors went to Topaz Adizes’s interactive doc {THEAND} {THEAND}. Meanwhile, The New York Times went home with the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture award for Notes On Blindness.

Finally, Netflix picked up a craft award for Mission Blue. The doc, about oceanographer and marine biologist Sylvia Earle, won the award for Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form.

For the full list of winners, visit the News & Documentary Emmy Awards website.

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