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“Leaving Neverland,” “Queer Eye” among 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Award winners

National Geographic’s Free Solo, HBO’s Leaving Neverland and Netflix’s Queer Eye were just a few of the titles recognized on Saturday (Sept. 14) at the Television Academy’s 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Netflix dominated the ...
September 16, 2019

National Geographic’s Free Solo, HBO’s Leaving Neverland and Netflix’s Queer Eye were just a few of the titles recognized on Saturday (Sept. 14) at the Television Academy’s 71st Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Netflix dominated the ceremony’s first night with 15 wins across a number of categories. Its Queer Eye series took home awards in four categories, including outstanding structured reality program and outstanding directing for a reality program.

The streaming giant’s blue chip docuseries Our Planet earned the award for outstanding documentary or non-fiction series; Thom Zimny won outstanding directing for a variety special for Netflix’s Springsteen on Broadway.

Leaving Neverland (pictured), directed by Dan Reed, won the award for outstanding documentary or non-fiction special. HBO also claimed exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking for The Sentence.

American pay-TV channel National Geographic scored eight awards overall, coming in second to Netflix. Its feature-length film Free Solo took home awards for outstanding cinematography for a non-fiction program and outstanding directing for a documentary/non-fiction program.

The documentary, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, also won the award for outstanding creative achievement in interactive media within an unscripted program.

National Geographic’s docuseries Life Below Zero was recognized for outstanding cinematography for a reality program.

The Television Academy presented American news channel CNN with a number of awards. Its travel and food series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown won the award for outstanding informational series or special.

CNN’s United Shades of America docuseries won for outstanding unstructured reality program, while its documentary RBG earned the exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking recognition.

VH1′s RuPaul’s Drag Race won the award for outstanding host for a reality or competition program. Apple Music earned outstanding short form variety series for Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

NBC, Fox, YouTube, CBS, ABC, CW and FX Networks were among other broadcasters to be recognized at the ceremony.

Held at the Microsoft Theater in  Los Angeles Sept. 14 and 15, the annual event honors outstanding artistic and technical achievement in a variety of television program genres, guest performances in weekly series, as well as exceptional work in animation, reality and documentary categories.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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