NBC, HBO dominate Creative Prime time Emmies

LOS ANGELES: On Saturday night, The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) awarded the 2002-2003 Creative Arts Prime time Emmys for programmes and individual achievements.

The event took place at the 55th Annual Emmy Awards presentation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

NBC headed the winners circle with 11 wins, closely followed by cable network HBO with ten. CBS got nine citations while ABC got eight. Rupert Murdoch's Fox got recognised seven times.

Meanwhile, Emmys in 28 other categories will be presented at the 2003 Primetime Emmy Awards on 21 September at the Shrine Auditorium. Zee English will cover the event in India.

Coming back to Saturday's function, HBO's Six Feet Under which airs in India on Zee English won in the outstanding casting for a Drama Series section. Will & Grace which airs on the same channel was recognised for its cinematography. Fox's 24 which airs in India on AXN was cited for the quality of editing. HBO's movie Live From Baghdad was also recognised for editing as well as for the casting.

Comedian Hank Azaria went home with a trophy for voicing various characters on Fox's The Simpsons. In India, the show airs on Star World. Bill Conti's music direction of The Oscar Awards also did not go unnoticed. The Oscars also won for the art direction.

Monk which will soon air on Star World won for its main title theme music. Production designer Scott Willis was recognised for the animation design done for the Cartoon Network show Samurai Jack. The Grammy Awards were cited for sound mixing as was CSI which airs in India on AXN.

Another AXN show Alias was cited for the stunt co-ordination. The CSI spinoff CSI Miami which will commence shortly on the channel won for the cinematography.

Meanwhile, veteran television broadcaster, Bob Costas, of HBO's Emmy-winning On the Record with Bob Costas, has been named to host the 2003 International Emmy Awards Gala which will be held on 24 November at the New York Hilton Hotel. Costas, a 23-year veteran of NBC Sports, joined the network's sports division in 1980. Since then, he has hosted five Olympics and been prominently involved in virtually every major sports event, including numerous World Series, Super Bowl and NBA Finals broadcasts.

HBO's star of Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker has also been roped in as the presenter of the International Emmy Founders Award for innovative programming to HBO.

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