“Leaving Neverland,” “Our Planet” win Emmy Awards for best documentary special, series

“Leaving Neverland,” “Our Planet” win Emmy Awards for best documentary special, series

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” won the Emmy award for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmys last night.  Netflix’s “Our Planet” took home the Emmy for best documentary or nonfiction series.

Dan Reed directed “Leaving Neverland,” a four-hour film which features testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who claim to have suffered childhood sexual abuse at the hands of the late Michael Jackson.

Backstage, Reed explained that prior to taking on the project, he didn’t know much about Jackson, nor did he have an opinion if Jackson was “guilty or innocent.”

“I thought the two guys [Robson and Safechuck] would never speak out in front of camera,” Reed said, adding that in talking to them, he was inclined to believe their claims in part because they described what he considered romantic relationships.

See the complete list of documentary category winners at the Emmys website.

Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.


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Have National Geographic and P&G created a new marketing model with “Activate”?

Have National Geographic and P&G created a new marketing model with “Activate”?

Source:  Fast Company

It’s not product placement.  It’s not sponsored content.  It’s prestige television.

“Activate,” a six-part documentary series that premiered Thursday on the National Geographic Channel, features celebrities such as music producer Pharrell Williams, rapper Common, and actors Darren Criss and Uzo Aduba, and highlights the work of grassroots activists trying to end cash bail, eradicating plastic pollution, and more.

Each installment also includes information about how Procter & Gamble, an underwriter of the series, is addressing the theme of the episode.

P&G “is genuinely committed to putting social good at the center of their business model,” says Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, which is coproducing the series. ‘Activate’ was a logical extension of that model.”

The marketing world is closely watching “Activate” and other projects like it: Cincinnati-based Proctor & Gamble is one of the largest advertisers in the world, spending $2.9 billion in the U.S. last year.

If corporations find it more effective to fund—and play a supporting role in—documentaries and narrative storytelling, it would whipsaw an industry that’s struggling to engage audiences and win their loyalties.

Read the story at Fast Company.


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National Geographic Documentary Films pushes into shorts with two new films

National Geographic Documentary Films pushes into shorts with two new films

Source:  IndieWire

After playing home to such Oscar-winning documentary features as recent winner “Free Solo” and other awards season favorites like “Jane” and “LA 92,” National Geographic Documentary Films is turning its attention to another vibrant side of the doc world: short films.

The debut slate will include documentary shorts “Lost and Found,” from Academy Award-winning director Orlando von Einsiedel, and “The Nightcrawlers” from Academy Award-winning producer Joanna Natasegara and first-time director Alexander A. Mora.

After upcoming festival premieres, both “Lost and Found” and “The Nightcrawlers” will open for a week at the Metrograph in New York City before premiering on the National Geographic Channel in October, followed by a wide digital release.

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D. A. Pennebaker, legendary documentary filmmaker and cinéma vérité pioneer, dies at 94

D. A. Pennebaker, legendary documentary filmmaker and cinéma vérité pioneer, dies at 94

Source:  TheWrap

D. A. Pennebaker, the documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer cinéma vérité in films like the 1967 Bob Dylan film “Don’t Look Back” and 1993’s “The War Room,” died Thursday at his home at age 94, Pennebaker’s son told TheWrap.

The celebrated director received an honorary Oscar in 2013 for his body of work, and an Oscar nomination with Chris Hegedus for “The War Room,” an inside look at the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton.

Pennebaker first rose to fame in the early 1960s after he and colleague Richard Leacock developed one of the first fully portable 16mm synchronized camera and sound recording systems which revolutionized filmmaking.

Pennebaker is survived by his wife and filmmaking partner, Chris Hegedus, and his eight children, Stacy, Frazer, Linley, Jojo, Chelsea, Zoe, Kit, and Jane.

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News & Documentary Emmy Nominations: PBS dominates again as CBS holds off HBO

News & Documentary Emmy Nominations: PBS dominates again as CBS holds off HBO

Source:  Deadline

On Thursday, nominations for the 40th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were announced by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

As usual, PBS topped the nominations list by a mile, with an even wider margin over the field than last year.

But the big news is how close HBO came to overtaking perennial No. 2 CBS.  HBO racked up 32 nominations to CBS’s 33 — that’s ten more noms than the premium cable network had in 2018.

CNN (15), ABC (13), The New York Times (12), and Univision (10) are the only other nominees in double digits.

See the complete list of nominees at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Read the story at Deadline.

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“FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” and “RBG” among Emmy nominees in documentary categories

“FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” and “RBG” among Emmy nominees in documentary categories

Nominations for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards were announced yesterday.  “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” and “RBG” are among the nominees in the documentary categories.

The winners will be announced live on September 22 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
Netflix • Jerry Media, Library Films, Matte Projects and Vice Studios
Danny Gabai, Producer
Chris Smith, Producer
Mick Purzycki, Producer

The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley
HBO • HBO Documentary Films and Jigsaw Productions
Alex Gibney, Producer
Erin Edeiken, Producer
Jessie Deeter, Producer
Nancy Abraham, Executive Producer
Sara Bernstein, Executive Producer
Graydon Carter, Executive Producer
Stacey Offman, Co-Executive Producer

Jane Fonda in Five Acts
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Pentimento
Susan Lacy, Producer
Jessica Levin, Producer
Emma Pildes, Producer

Leaving Neverland
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Channel 4 and Amos Pictures
Dan Reed, Producer
Nancy Abraham, Executive Producer
Lisa Heller, Executive Producer

Love, Gilda
CNN • CNN Films, 3 Faces Films, Motto Pictures
Lisa D’Apolito, Producer
James Tumminia, Producer
Bronwyn Berry, Producer
Meryl Goldsmith, Producer
Alan Zweibel, Executive Producer
Amy Entelis, Executive Producer
Courtney Sexton, Executive Producer

Minding The Gap
Hulu • Kartemquin, American Documentary | POV and ITVS
Diane Quon, Producer
Bing Liu, Producer
Gordon Quinn, Executive Producer
Steve James, Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer, Executive Producer
Justine Nagan, Executive Producer
Chris White, Executive Producer

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Series

American Masters • PBS • Thirteen Productions, LLC
Michael Kantor, Producer/Executive Producer
Sally Rosenthal, Producer
Julie Sacks, Series Producer
Junko Tsunashima, Supervising Producer

Chef’s Table
Netflix • Boardwalk Pictures
Matthew Weaver, Executive Producer
Brian McGinn, Executive Producer
Andrew Fried, Executive Producer
David Gelb, Executive Producer
Dane Lillegard, Co-Executive Producer

Hostile Planet
National Geographic • Plimsoll Productions
Guillermo Navarro, Executive Producer
Martha Holmes, Executive Producer
Grant Mansfield, Executive Producer
Bear Grylls, Executive Producer
Kevin Tao Mohs, Executive Producer
Tim Pastore, Executive Producer
Tom Hugh-Jones, Series Producer

Our Planet
Netflix • Silverback Films
Sophie Lanfear, Producer
Alastair Fothergill, Series Producer
Keith Scholey, Series Producer

30 For 30
ESPN • ESPN Films
Philip Aromando, Producer
Connor Schell, Executive Producer
John Dahl, Executive Producer
Libby Geist, Executive Producer

Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking

Divide And Conquer: The Story Of Roger Ailes
A&E • A Jigsaw Production in association with Baird Films
Alexis Bloom, Producer
Will Cohen, Producer
Molly Thompson, Executive Producer
Alex Gibney, Executive Producer

Hale County This Morning, This Evening
PBS • Idiom Film, LLC and Louverture Films in association with Field of Vision
RaMell Ross, Producer
Joslyn Barnes, Producer
Su Kim, Producer
Lois Vossen, Executive Producer

RBG
CNN • CNN Films, Storyville Films
Julie Cohen, Producer
Betsy West, Producer
Amy Entelis, Executive Producer
Courtney Sexton, Executive Producer

The Sentence
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Park Pictures
Sam Bisbee, Producer
Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Producer
Rudy Valdez, Executive Producer
Wendy Nau, Executive Producer

Three Identical Strangers
CNN • CNN Films, RAW
Becky Read, Produced by
Grace Hughes-Hallett, Producer
Amy Entelis, Executive Producer
Courtney Sexton, Executive Producer

Outstanding Informational Series Or Special

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
CNN • CNN Original Series, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Anthony Bourdain, Executive Producer
Christopher Collins, Executive Producer
Lydia Tenaglia, Executive Producer
Sandra Zweig, Executive Producer
Jared Andrukanis, Co-Executive Producer
Michael Steed, Producer
Jonathan Cianfrani, Producer

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee
Netflix • Embassy Row
Jerry Seinfeld, Executive Producer
George Shapiro, Executive Producer
Tammy Johnston, Executive Producer
Melissa Miller, Producer

Leah Remini: Scientology And The Aftermath
A&E • The Intellectual Property Corporation in association with No Seriously Productions
Leah Remini, Executive Producer
Eli Holzman, Executive Producer
Aaron Saidman, Executive Producer
Myles Reiff, Executive Producer
Mike Rinder, Co-Executive Producer
Meaghan Rady, Co-Executive Producer
Kai Bowe, Co-Executive Producer

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman
Netflix • Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. and Worldwide Pants
Chris Cechin-De La Rosa, Executive Producer
Lydia Tenaglia, Executive Producer
Tom Keaney, Executive Producer
Sandra Zweig, Executive Producer
Mary Barclay, Executive Producer
Michael Steed, Producer
Helen Cho, Producer

Surviving R. Kelly
Lifetime • Kreativ Inc.
Joel Karsberg, Executive Producer
Dream Hampton, Executive Producer
Tamra Simmons, Executive Producer
Jesse Daniels, Executive Producer
Brie Miranda Bryant, Executive Producer
Jessica Everleth, Co-Executive Producer
Maria Pepin, Co-Executive Producer

OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION PROGRAM

Free Solo
National Geographic • National Geographic Documentary Films, Little Monster Films, Itinerant Media, Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation
Directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
Netflix • Jerry Media, Library Films, Matte Projects and Vice Studios
Directed by Chris Smith

Leaving Neverland
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Channel 4 and Amos Pictures
Directed by Dan Reed

RBG
CNN • CNN Films, Storyville Films
Directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West

Three Identical Strangers
CNN • CNN Films, RAW
Directed by Tim Wardle

OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A NONFICTION PROGRAM

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown • Kenya
CNN • CNN Original Series, Zero Point Zero Production, Inc.
Written by Anthony Bourdain

The Case Against Adnan Syed • Forbidden Love
HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Instinct, Working Title Television, Disarming Films and Sky
Written by Amy J. Berg

Fyre Fraud • Hulu
Hulu in association with Cinemart
Written by Julia Willoughby Nason and  Jenner Furst

Hostile Planet • Grasslands
National Geographic • Plimsoll Productions
Written by Bruce Kennedy,

Our Planet • Jungles
Netflix • Silverback Films
Written by Huw Cordey, Keith Scholey, Alastair Fothergill, and Sir David Attenborough

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men • Episode 1
Showtime • A Mass Appeal Production in association with Endeavor Content
Written by Paul Greenhouse, Sacha Jenkins, and Peter J. Scalettar

For the complete list of Emmy nominees, visit the Emmys website.

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