PBS Receives 14 Primetime Emmy Awards

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On Sunday, Sept. 18, PBS shows won four Primetime Emmy awards – all of which were for the critically acclaimed “Downton Abbey.” These awards join an additional 10 Creative Arts Primetime Emmys that PBS won on Sept. 10, for a total of 14 awards in 2011.

Congratulations to our PBS producer recipients, including our multiple award winners. MASTERPIECE received six awards for “Downton Abbey,” including the win for “Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.” In addition, “Freedom Riders” took home three awards, while AMERICAN MASTERS and GREAT PERFORMANCES each received two Emmys.

PBS’ Primetime Emmy award winners are:

MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey” (Part 1) – 6 awards

-    Outstanding Miniseries or Movie

-    Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Julian Fellowes)

-    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Maggie Smith)

-    Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Brian Percival)

-    Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special

-    Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Freedom Riders”3 awards

-    Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming

-    Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming (Stanley Nelson)

-    Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking


-    Outstanding Nonfiction Series

AMERICAN MASTERS “John Muir in the New World”

-    Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Harry Connick Jr., In Concert on Broadway”

-    Outstanding Music Direction

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Sondheim! The Birthday Concert”

-    Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special


-    Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special