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Emmys writers & directors: Helmer’s POV – Joseph Sargent

Seven nominations, the most recent for "A Lesson Before Dying" in 1999, four wins, the last being for "Miss Rose White" in 1992

Inspirations: “‘That Certain Summer,’ ‘Brian’s Song’ and ‘The Marcus Nelson Murders,’ which I directed and which brought a lot of attention to a much needed social problem that contributed to the Supreme Court’s Miranda decision.

Influences: “One was Lamont Johnson, the other was John Frankenheimer, and in the early days George Roy Hill.

“Currently I love the work of Thomas Schlamme and so many of the directors who are doing dramatic one-hours. We’re now beginning to take for granted the level that’s being achieved on ‘The West Wing’ and ‘NYPD Blue.’ One-hour episodic has grown in stature along with features for TV.”

Moments: “One of my favorites is ‘Love Is Never Silent’ and another is the ‘The Marcus Nelson Murders,’ and more recently, ‘Miss Evers’ Boys’ and ‘A Lesson Before Dying.'”

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