September 22, 2008
Ten Alumni Win Emmys
By Mel Cowan
|Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.|
Following the Primetime Emmy ceremony held at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday the 21st, Matthew Weiner '90 will add two statuettes to his mantel for his critically acclaimed AMC series, Mad Men. The series, which revolves around a 1960’s era Madison Avenue advertising firm, won for Outstanding Drama Series, the first time the award has gone to a basic cable show. Weiner also won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the show’s pilot episode, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."
"The Academy's response to our work has been very personal and very generous, and has exceeded anyone's expectations," said Weiner. "There is nothing better than to be recognized by your peers, especially in what I believe is a great year for television."
|Made in LA co-producer/co-writer Robert Bahar, right, with director Almudena Carracedo.|
"I'm beyond thrilled that Made in L.A. has received this recognition. Of course it's wonderful as a filmmaker, but it's especially exciting because it means that we'll be able to continue to publicize and engage communities around the country with the issues in the film," said Bahar.
Bahar, along with director Almudena Carracedo, organized an extensive series of grassroots-style screenings to get the film and its message to the public. The screening held at USC's Taper Hall of Humanities in March of this year was a particularly important one for Bahar: "So much of what I've learned had its foundation at USC, and I owe a special debt of gratitude to the Peter Stark Program and also to the all the friends and mentors that I met at USC."
Scott Kramer '03, who took home an Emmy for Interactive Media Programming for his work on NBC's Heroes Digital Experience at the Creative Arts Awards ceremony held on September 13 at the Nokia Theatre, echoed the excitement of his fellow awardees. "Being at the event was fantastic, and to win was completely surreal," said Kramer. "They announce the award and before you know it, we're all racing up to the stage, shaking each others' hands, patting each other on the back: it was a huge thrill."
To create an interactive Web site for Heroes, a show entrenched in a fan culture that is deeply attuned to the Internet, was a challenge that Kramer relished. "Being a part of NBC.com, I've had
|Robert Bahar||Made in LA||Continuing Coverage of a News Story-Long Form|
|Marc Clark||Top Chef||Editing for Reality Programming|
|Jim Dooley||Pushing Daisies||Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)|
|Kirk Ellis||John Adams||Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special|
|Stephen Hunter Flick & Curt Schulkey||John Adams
||Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special|
|Scott Kramer||Heroes: Digital Experience||Interactive Media Programming|
|Jay Roach||Recount||Made for Television Movie|
|Jay Roach||Recount||Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special|
|Matthew Weiner||Mad Men||Writing for a Drama Series|
|Matthew Weiner||Mad Men
|Greg Yaitanes||House||Directing for a Drama Series|
Winning aside, when asked about the future of the project, Kramer seems to have taken the cloak-and-dagger elements of Heroes to heart. "The Heroes experience on NBC.com continues to grow exponentially and offer fans more ways to interact with the show and each other. I'd say more, but I fear agents from Primatech might come after me."