PBS Leads 2021 Documentary Emmy Tally Thanks to ‘P.O.V.,’ ‘Frontline’

PBS dominated the documentary portion of this yr’s News and Documentary Emmys, touchdown ten awards general — together with three for “POV,” two for “Independent Lens” and two for “Frontline,” that are three of the general public broadcaster’s long-running, signature collection.

Netflix adopted with 4 wins, then Showtime with three. The documentary Emmys had been awarded on Wednesday by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the second of two particular person ceremonies; categories honoring TV news were handed out on Tuesday.

“Tonight, we rejoice these documentary professionals who within the unprecedented yr of 2020 delivered the insightful, clear, factual and well timed filmmaking obligatory to make sense of the tumultuous instances that we stay in,” stated Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS.

Ozy CEO Carlos Watson had initially signed on to host the documentary ceremony, however bowed out earlier this week following a New York Times article chronicling questionable claims and practices inside his firm. Instead, the ceremony’s three presenters shared internet hosting dutires: Columbia Journalism School professor and documentary filmmaker June Cross; documentary filmmaker C.J. Hunt (“The Neutral Ground”) and documentary filmmaker (“The Slow Hustle”) and actor (“Body of Proof”) Sonja Sohn.

“In a yr the place we obtained greater than 1,200 documentary entries, in an period the place, thanks to the appearance of streaming tv, extra individuals can now see this superb work on demand throughout our nation, tonight we rejoice these courageous filmmakers for opening their lens and our eyes to the world round us and serving to us to higher perceive the occasions that have an effect on our on a regular basis lives in outstanding methods,” stated Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS.

The forty second Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards honors programming content material from greater than 2200 submissions that initially premiered in 2020, judged by a pool of 950 peer professionals from throughout the tv and streaming/digital media information and documentary business.

Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary

“Independent Lens” (PBS)
Belly of the Beast

Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary

“Kingdom of Silence” (Showtime)

Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

The Rescue List

Outstanding Investigative Documentary

“Athlete A” (Netflix)

Outstanding Historical Documentary

“Frontline” (PBS)
Once Upon A Time In Iraq

Outstanding Arts and Culture Documentary

“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” (PBS)

Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary

“The Surgeon’s Cut” (Netflix)

Outstanding Nature Documentary

“The Last Ice” (National Geographic)

Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

“Frontline” (PBS)
Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos

Outstanding Short Documentary

“POV Shorts” (PBS)
The Love Bugs

Best Documentary


Outstanding Interactive Media: Documentary

“In Event of Moon Disaster” (moondisaster.org/MIT Centre for Advanced Virtuality)

Outstanding Writing: Documentary

“The Story of Plastic” (Discovery Channel)
Writers: Kyle Cadotte, Tony Hale, Megan Ponder, Deia Schlosberg, Brian Wilson, Stiv Wilson

Outstanding Research: Documentary

“Independent Lens” (PBS)
Feels Good Man

Outstanding Direction: Documentary

“The Trade” (Showtime)
Director: Matthew Heineman

Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary

“The Trade” (Showtime)
Directors of Photography: Jacopo Campaiola, Pablo Durana, Nicholas Kraus, Ross McDonnell, Max Preiss

Outstanding Editing: Documentary

“Father Soldier Son” (Netflix)
Editor: Amy Foote

Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction: Documentary

“Alien Worlds” (Netflix)
Creative Directors: Paul Simpson, Simon Wood Graphics Producer Sebastian Read

Outstanding Music Composition

“Primates” (PBS)
Composers: Adam Lukas, Denise Santos

Outstanding Sound

“Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool” (PBS)

Outstanding Lighting Direction and Scenic Design

“Alabama Snake” (HBO Documentary Films/HBO)

Breakdown by Network, Show, Program or Segment

PBS 10
“POV” 3
“Frontline” 2
“Independent Lens” 2
“Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” 2
“Primates” 1

Netflix 4
“Athlete A” 1
“Father Soldier Son” 1
“Alien Worlds” 1
“The Surgeon’s Cut” 1

Showtime 3
“The Trade” 2
“Kingdom of Silence” 1

Discovery Channel 1


moondisaster.org / MIT Centre for Advanced Virtuality 1

National Geographic 1

The forty second Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards had been produced by NATAS with Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich, Executive Producers. The ceremong was directed and co-executive produced by David Parks of Viewfinder, and is on the market on the internet at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and through The Emmys app.


Related Posts