American pubcaster PBS came away the big winner at the 39th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, held Monday (Oct. 1) in New York City, taking home seven trophies.
The non-profit organization scored awards for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary for Feras Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo (POV; pictured). The film follows a group of volunteers known as the “White Helmets” in Aleppo, Syria as the civil war rages on.
In addition, PBS was honored with the Politics and Government Documentary award for Maya Zinshtein’s Forever Pure (Independent Lens); the Historical Documentary category for Keith Maitland‘s feature-length doc Tower (Independent Lens); and in the documentary categories of Science and Tech; Business and Economic; Research; and Cinematography.
Meanwhile, CBS and HBO each took home six awards, including the Investigative Documentary award for HBO Films’ Solitary: Inside The Red Onion State Prison from Kristi Jacobson, which looks at life inside a maximum security prison. CBS’ long-running newsmagazine program 60 Minutes took home the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Report award for “Alma.”
A&E scored three awards, including Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary for Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, a film that tells the story of a young autistic man who learned to communicate through his love of Disney animated films.
CNN, CNN International and Univision each took home three awards, while Netflix picked up two awards, including Outstanding Nature Doc for Jeff Orlowski’s Chasing Coral. The documentary follows a group of scientists and photographer’s who search out the reasons for why the world’s coral reefs are disappearing.
NBC and The New York Times also garnered two awards each.
The Emmy Awards were presented across 49 categories, with the event being attended by 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists.
For a list of all the U.S News and Documentary winners, click here.
Elsewhere in Manhattan, Sky News’ Rohingya Crisis and ITV and Fuse Films’ White Right: Meeting the Enemy took home the top honors at the 2018 International News Emmys.
Sky News’ Rohingya Crisis covers the dire conditions and suffering of the Rohingya people, exposing what the Myanmar government has denied. Meanwhile, White Right: Meeting the Enemy is an in-depth report from Muslim filmmaker Deeyah Khan as she meets U.S. neo-Nazis and white nationalists face-to-face.
Both International Emmys were presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during a ceremony in conjunction with the U.S. News Emmys at the Lincoln Centre in New York City.