ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCE

Great Expectations exceeds expectations by winning four of PBS’s 11 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys

By Theodore Fischer

As a Masterpiece production competing against other miniseries, movies and specials, Great Expectations received Emmys for outstanding achievement in costume design (Annie Symons, Yvonne Duckett), art direction (David Roger, Paul Ghirardani, Jo Kornstein), main title design (Nic Benns, Rodi Kaya, Tom Browich) and cinematography (Florian Hoffmeister). In addition, the Masterpiece production Page Eight won an Emmy for original main title theme music (Paul Englishby).

Other PBS winners included the Independent Lens production Have You Heard From Johannesburg, a seven-part series about the global anti-apartheid movement that received a juried award for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking. Cited were Connie Field, producer; Lois Vossen, series senior producer; and Sally Jo Fifer, executive producer. Geoffrey Ward received the Emmy for nonfiction writing for scripting Ken Burns’s Prohibition: A Nation of Hypocrites. And Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger was honored in the children’s nonfiction, reality or reality category (Carol-Lynn Parente, Melissa Dino, Mason Rather, Kevin Clash).

Downton Abbey received a pair of Emmys: for hairstyling on a single-camera series (Anne “Nosh” Oldham, Christine Greenwood) and for original dramatic score (John Lunn). And the Great Performances production Memphis was cited for technical direction, camerawork and video control (Steven Cimino, Paul Cangialosi, John Pinto, Chick Goslin, Barry Frischer, Jeff Latonero, Len Wechsler, Susan Noll, J.M. Hurley).

At the awards ceremony Sept. 15 in Los Angeles, PBS’s 11 prizes put it behind only HBO’s 17 and CBS’s 13.

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