September 1, 1996

Short Takes, September 1996

Emmy Nominees Announced

As a prelude to the 1996 Emmy Awards, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that Turner Broadcasting System was the recipient of the 1996 Governor's Award for its companywide initiative The Native Americans: Behind the Legend. Beyond the Myth. The award honors a company or organization "whose work stands out with the immediacy of current achievement." The documentary miniseries The Native Americans, which aired in 1994, was a major part of this programming initiative.

Overall, TBS captured eight News and Documentary Emmy nominations, along with seven nominations for its National Geographic Explorer series. Other IDA members receiving News and Documentary nominations include A&E, for Investigative Journalism (The Plague Monkeys—Michael Cascio, executive producer; Elliot Halpern and Simcha Jacobovivi, producers), and Informational or Cultural Programming (Last Day of World War II—Craig Haffner, Donna Lusitana, and Steven lewis, executive producers; Robert Kirk, Robert Lihani, John Corry, and Wayne Weiss, producers), Discovery Channel led all cable networks with nine nominations in the Informational category, including Carrier: Fortress at Sea, for Informational or Cultural Programming, and Mandela's Fight for Freedom, for Background/Analysis of a Single Current Story. The awards, which honor excellence in news and documentary television programming, will be presented on September 11 at the Mariott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

In the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Primetime Emmy nominees, Turner Broadcasting System captured a record 24 nominations, including eight in the Informational categories. The nominated documentaries include The Andersonville Diaries (Amy Walter Richards, producer/writer; Kaye Zusman, executive producer), for Informational Special; The Good, The Bad, and The Beautiful (Arnold Glassman, editor), for Editing—Informational program; Survivor of the Holocaust (Pat Mitchell, executive producer; Vivian Schiller, senior producer; June Beallor and James Moll, producers; Allan Holzman, director and editor), for Informational Special, President's Award, and Editing—Informational Program; The Private Life of Plant (Pat Mitchell and Mike Salisbury, executive producers; Vivian Schiller, senior producer; Neil Nightingale, Keith Scholey, producers; Neil Lucas, director; Tim Shepherd, Richard Kirby, Richard Ganniclifft, Neil Bramhall, Gavin Thurston, Michael Pitts, cameras), for Informational Series and Cinematography— Informational Program; and Hollywood’s Amazing Animal Actors (Michael Sachs, editor), for Editing—Informational Program.

A&E's Biography series (Josh Howard and Michael Cascio, executive producers; Michael Rosenbaum, senior producer; Randy Martin and Brooke Runnette, producers; Bill Harris, director) earned a nomination for Informational Series. HBO's The Celluloid Closet (Howard Rosenman, Bernie Brillstein, Brad Grey, Sheila Nevins, and Lily Tomlin, executive producers; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, producers/directors/writers/ editors; Arnold Glassman, editor; Nancy Schreiber, director of photography; Peggy Names, sound recordist) captured nods for Informational Special, Cinematography—Informational Program, Editing­ informational Program, and Sound Editing—Informational Program.

The Primetime Emmy Awards program will be broadcast September 8 on ABC from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California.

Peter Adair Passes On

Peter Adair, whose documentaries tracked the evolution of the gay rights movement from Stonewall through the AIDS epidemic, died in June in San Francisco of complications from AIDS. He was 53. Adair, a California native, once deemed his films "cultural studies," and his first documentary, Holy Ghost People, focused on a fundamentalist Christian sect in Appalachia. But it was Word Is Out, co-directed by IDA member Rob Epstein, that made an impact in putting an ordinary, positive face on the maligned gay community when the film was released in 1977. His other documentaries included Stopping History (1983), about anti-nuclear activism, and Absolutely Positive (1991), which featured Adair himself and 11 other men and women, all of whom were HIV positive and learning to live with their circumstances.