PBS pockets Emmy noms

Public network takes 24 news & doc noms

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PBS on Thursday once again swept the annual News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations, while ABC News and CBS News also made a strong splash — along with dark horse Cinemax.

PBS picked up 24 noms, including four of the five in the docu category. ABC News was nominated for 21 Emmys, with a particularly strong showing for newsmag “Primetime Thursday” (six noms). “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” nabbed five, more than any other evening newscast.

CBS News received 19 nominations, with the most going to stalwart “CBS News Sunday Morning” (six). Up second was newsmag “60 Minutes,” which nabbed five.

Premium cable net Cinemax earned 12 noms, including nods for historical doc and arts and cultural doc.

But some eyebrows might be raised by the pay cabler’s noms for “Spellbound” and “Amandla!” — given that the Academy rules state that motion picture and home entertainment premiered programs are not eligible for the news and documentary Emmy Awards contest. However, the Acad pointed out the rule applies to films in “general release.”

“The NTA interprets that as a documentary which goes beyond the major city-arthouse circuit to play in a substantial number of malls and multiplexes around the country. Those films are considered to have had a ‘general release.’ Most documentaries only truly find a general or national audience when they are on TV,” a spokesman for the Acad said.

NBC News and the History Channel tied with 11 nominations each.

The 25th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Award ceremony will be held Sept. 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Gotham. For the first time, gala will be televised on the Discovery Times Channel.

“This year saw excellent reporting on all the major news stories of 2003 — from the war in Iraq and the war on terror to the Columbia space shuttle disaster,” said Peter Price, prexy of the National Television Academy, which administers the news and doc Emmys.

“As always, our documentary nominees continue to examine important aspects of our world from the Chinese experience in America to the civil war in Liberia to the challenges faced by same-sex parents,” Price said.

Among the cable news nets, MSNBC made a healthy showing in picking up nine noms; CNN drew three. For the second year in a row, Fox News Channel did not submit any pieces for consideration. Financial news net CNBC earned two noms.

The Discovery Channel earned four noms, while cable nets TLC, A&E and CMT garnered one each. Spanish-language broadcast net Univision also received one.

This year’s lifetime achievement award for news and documentary will be presented to NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw, who will retire from “Nightly News” on Dec. 1. C-SPAN will receive special recognition for its coverage of the electoral process.

And the nominees are…

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A BREAKING NEWS STORY IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
“CBS Evening News Weekend Edition”Capture of Saddam Hussein (CBS)
“NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw”Eye of the Storm: Hurricane Isabel (NBC)
“NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw”In Their Own Words: Baghdad Battle with Craig White (NBC)
“CBS Evening News Weekend Edition”Out Of The Blue: The Shuttle Columbia Disaster (CBS)
“NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw”The Columbia Disaster (NBC)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING NEWS STORY IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
“CBS Evening News Weekend Edition”Catholic Union (CBS)
“ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”Continuing Coverage of Al Qaeda 2003 (ABC)
“ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”Critical Condition: Health Care in America (ABC)
“NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw”Listening Post: Iraq (NBC)
“CBS News Sunday Morning”Superpower (CBS)

OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
“CBS News Sunday Morning”Birds of a Feather (CBS)
“CBS News Sunday Morning”Heart of the Country (CBS)
“CBS News Sunday Morning”Lalmba (CBS)
“Newsnight With Aaron Brown”No More Victims (CNN)
“The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer”The Quilts of Gee’s Bend (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
“CBS Evening News with Dan Rather”Airport Security (CBS)
“ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”Memories of Tiger Force (ABC)
“ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”On Location From Baghdad (ABC)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A BREAKING NEWS STORY IN A NEWS MAGAZINE
“Dateline NBC”Blackout: Minute by Minute (NBC)
“ABC News 20/20”Dangerous Rush (ABC)
“Dateline NBC”The Capture of Saddam (NBC)
“Dateline NBC”The Long Way Home (NBC)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING NEWS STORY IN A NEWS MAGAZINE
“CBS News 60 Minutes”All in The Family (CBS)
“ABC News Primetime Thursday”Columbia Final Mission (ABC)
“ABC News 20/20”Conduct Unbecoming: The Sex Assault Scandal at the Air Force Academy (ABC)
“CBS News 60 Minutes II”The Line (CBS)
“CBS News 60 Minutes”The Wrong Man (CBS)

OUTSTANDING FEATURE STORY IN A NEWS MAGAZINE
“CBS News 60 Minutes”Alice Coles of Bayview (CBS)
“CBS News 60 Minutes II”Be Good, Smile Pretty (CBS)
“ABC News Primetime Thursday”Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of One Marine Company in Iraq (ABC)
“ABC News Nightline”War in Iraq: Fox 2/5 (ABC)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN A NEWS MAGAZINE
“ABC News Primetime Thursday”Charity Investigation (ABC)
“ABC News Primetime Thursday”Nuclear Smuggling Project (ABC)
“ABC News 20/20”Teflon: Safe or Sorry? (ABC)
“CBS News 60 Minutes”Weapons of Mass Destruction (CBS)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A CURRENT NEWS STORY — LONG FORM
“Frontline”Failure to Protect: The Taking of Logan Marr and The Caseworker Files (PBS)
“National Geographic ULTIMATE EXPLORER”Liberia: American Dream? (MSNBC)
“POV”State of Denial (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM — LONG FORM
“Frontline”A Dangerous Business (PBS)
“Frontline”Burden of Innocence (PBS)
“Frontline”Chasing the Sleeper Cell (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING — LONG FORM
“CNN Presents”Fit to Kill (CNN)
“POV”Flag Wars (PBS)
“Watergate Plus 30: Shadow of History” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL PROGRAMMING — LONG FORM
“Becoming American: The Chinese Experience with Bill Moyers”Between Two Worlds (PBS)
“ABC News Peter Jennings Reporting”I Have A Dream (ABC)
“Cinemax Reel Life”Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII (Cinemax)
“New York: A Documentary Film”The Center of the World (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INTERVIEW
“Dateline NBC”Ambush: The Story of The 507th (NBC)
“Aqui y Ahora”Interview with Dominican Republic President Hipolito Mejia (Univision)
“Up Close”Interview with Elie Wiesel (ABC)
“ABC News Primetime Thursday”Oprah in Africa: A Personal Journey, a Global Challenge (ABC)
“A Katie Couric Special”The Central Park Jogger (NBC)
“CBS News 60 Minutes II”The Man Who Knew (CBS)

OUTSTANDING CULTURAL & ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING — LONG FORM
“Cinemax Reel Life”Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Cinemax)
“Cinemax Reel Life”Sister Helen (Cinemax)
“Cinemax Reel Life”Spellbound (Cinemax)
“POV”The Flute Player (PBS)

OUTSTANDING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE PROGRAMMING
“Coming Home From Space: The Challenge of Reentry” (Discovery Channel)
“Cosmic Journey: The Voyager Interstellar Mission and Message” (A&E)
“The American Experience”The Pill (PBS)
“National Geographic EXPLORER”Wolf Pack (MSNBC)

BEST STORY IN A REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST
“The News with Brian Williams”Everyday Heroes: Charity Bell (CNBC)
“CBS News Sunday Morning”In Memoriam (CBS)
“ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings”Iraq: Where Things Stand (ABC)

BEST REPORT IN A NEWS MAGAZINE
“NOW With Bill Moyers”Inside the Pentagon (PBS)
“CBS News 60 Minutes”Musically Speaking (CBS)
“ABC News Primetime Thursday”Nuclear Smuggling Project (ABC)
“Dateline NBC”Sudden Impact: The Ripple Effects of Drunk Driving (NBC)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Independent Lens”Be Good, Smile Pretty (PBS)
“Independent Lens”Daddy & Papa (PBS)
“National Geographic ULTIMATE EXPLORER”Killer Cats of the Kalahari (MSNBC)
“Reporting America At War” (PBS)
“New York: A Documentary Film”The Center of the World (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: WRITING
Steve Hartman – “CBS News The Early Show” – Everybody Has a Story: Roundup, Montana (CBS)
Joseph Angier, Thomas Lennon, Bill Moyers – “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience with Bill Moyers” – Gold Mountain Dreams (PBS)
Martha Teichner – “CBS News Sunday Morning” – In Memoriam (CBS)
Don Campbell – “Russia Land of the Tsars” (History Channel)
Toby Appleton – “Cinemax Reel Life” – Secret Lives: Hidden Children and Their Rescuers During WWII (Cinemax)
Gary Glassman – “NOVA” – Secret of Photo 51 (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: DIRECTION
Stephen Walker – “Days That Shook the World” – Hiroshima (History Channel)
Dan Setton – “Cinemax Reel Life” – In the Name of God: Scenes from the Extreme (Cinemax)
Jeffery Blitz – “Cinemax Reel Life” – Spellbound (Cinemax)
Nina Gilden Seavey – “The Ballad of Bering Strait” (CMT)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: RESEARCH
Lee Hirsch, Sherry Simpson Dean – “Cinemax Reel Life” – Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Cinemax)
Robert Achs, Justine Bertucelli, Thomas Lennon, Sharon Owyang, Robert Rapley, Mi Ling Tsui – “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience with Bill Moyers” – Gold Mountain Dreams (PBS)
Ingeborg Jacobs, Rainer Kaufmann, Maria Kedder, Barbel Schmidt-Sakic, Kai Shafer – “Stalin – Man of Steel” (History Channel)

Karin Basford, David Boardman, Blair Foster, Eduard Gomez, Polly Pettit, Adrian Wood, Mercedes Yaeger – “The Perilous Fight: America’s World War II in Color” (PBS)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: CINEMATOGRAPHY
Brand Jordaan, Ivan Leathers, Clive Sacke – “Cinemax Reel Life” – Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Cinemax)
Scott Duncan“Blood From A Stone” (History Channel)
Gustavo Hadba, Marcos Prado – “National Geographic EXPLORER” – Brazil’s Vanishing Cowboys (MSNBC)
Steve Gray – “Days That Shook the World” – Hiroshima (History Channel)
Carol Hughes, David Hughes – “National Geographic ULTIMATE EXPLORER” – Killer Cats of the Kalahari (MSNBC)
Keith Brust, James Reardon, Tim Shepherd – “Living with Bugs: Close Encounters” (TLC)
Peter Intergand – “Cinemax Reel Life” – War Photographer (Cinemax)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: EDITING
Geof Bartz, Johanna Demetrakas – “Cinemax Reel Life” – Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Cinemax)
Isabela de Castro, Kris Kral, Fernando Linares – “National Geographic EXPLORER” – Brazil’s Vanishing Cowboys (MSNBC)
Salvatore Vecchio – “National Geographic ULTIMATE EXPLORER” – Creepy Healers (MSNBC)
Bob Peterson, Alvaro Trenchi – “A Katie Couric Special” – The Central Park Jogger (NBC)
Eric Davies, Peter Livingston Jr. – “ABC News Peter Jennings Reporting” – The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy (ABC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: GRAPHIC AND ARTISTIC DESIGN
“CNBC ReDesign” (CNBC)
“Extreme Engineering: Tokyo’s Sky City” (Discovery Channel)
“Unsolved History”JFK: Death in Dealey Plaza (Discovery Channel)
“JFK: The Day That Changed America” (MSNBC)
“Nefertiti Resurrected” (Discovery Channel)
“ABC News Peter Jennings Reporting”The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy (ABC)
“ABC News Special Events Coverage”War With Iraq: Turning Point (ABC)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: MUSIC AND SOUND
“A Gathering of Heroes: The Last Reunion” (PBS)
“Cinemax Reel Life”Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Cinemax)
“April 1865” (History Channel)
“Blood From A Stone” (History Channel)
“Days That Shook the World”Hiroshima (History Channel)
“Russia Land of the Tsars” (History Channel)
“New York: A Documentary Film”The Center of the World (PBS)
“Wake Island- The Alamo of the Pacific” (History Channel)

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: LIGHTING DIRECTION & SCENIC DESIGN
“Becoming American: The Chinese Experience with Bill Moyers”Between Two Worlds (PBS)
“National Geographic ULTIMATE EXPLORER”Creepy Healers (MSNBC)
“LBJ vs. the KennedysChasing Demons” (History Channel)
“Living with Bugs: Close Encounters” (TLC)
“Lou Dobbs Moneyline” (CNN)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: SPOT NEWS
“WTVF 6pm News”A Mother’s Stand-Off (WTVF-TV)
“KUSA 9 News at 10”Mid-Air Plane Crash (KUSA-TV)
“KUSA 9 News at 6”One Time on I-25 (KUSA-TV)
“KRON 4 News at 9”San Bernadino Fires (KRON)

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL NEWS STORY: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING
“KCNC News 4 at 10”Double Dipping Cops (KCNC)
“KMOL News 4 at 10”Judge & Councilman (WOAI)
“Channel 7 News Nightside”The Long Road to the Hospital (KATV)
“ABC 7 10PM News”The Worst Case Scenario (WLS)

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