WGBH News and Media Relations


July 16, 2014

WGBH’s Frontline, Nova and American Experience Receive 13 Nominations for News and Documentary Emmy® Awards

Frontline Secures 11 nominations, Nova Nominated for Program on Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

BOSTON, Mass. (July 16, 2014) – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) released nominations for the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards yesterday. WGBH, Boston’s leading local public broadcaster and the nation’s largest content producer for PBS, earned 13 nominations, including 11 for the investigative documentary series Frontline, a Nova film on the technology involved in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, and an American Experience production. PBS earned a total of 43 nominations.

“We are thrilled and deeply satisfied with this recognition of our work in enterprise journalism, science and history documentary filmmaking,” said John Bredar, WGBH vice president for national programming. “Along with PBS we feel we are bringing critically important stories – and value – to American viewers. It's a proud day here and we're honored to be nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in television.”

Leading the nominations for WGBH was Frontline with 11— including an experimental digital film — and a promotional campaign. The public affairs series has won 65 Emmy Awards to date, and last year, David Fanning, Frontline’s founder, was recognized with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Emmy.

Nova was nominated for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming for “Manhunt: Boston Bombers,” examining the role modern technology played in cracking the case of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. American Experience was nominated for Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Institutional for its promo for “JFK,” the four-hour miniseries that last week was nominated for two prime-time Emmys.

The full list of WGBH nominees is below. The News & Documentary Emmy® Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, in New York City. Awards will be presented in 43 categories, including the first-ever categories reserved for news and documentary programming in Spanish. The full list of nominees is available at www.emmyonline.tv.

Frontline (11)
Outstanding Coverage a Current News Story—Long Form – “Egypt in Crisis”

Outstanding Coverage a Current News Story—Long Form – “Syria Behind the Lines”

Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form – “A Death in St. Augustine”

Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form – “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis”

Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form – “Rape in the Fields”

Outstanding Informational Programming—Long Form – “Outlawed in Pakistan”

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting—Long Form – “The Retirement Gamble”

Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting—Long Form – “The Untouchables”

New Approaches: Documentaries – “The Bombing of Al Bara”

Outstanding Research – “Outlawed in Pakistan”

Outstanding Promotional Announcement—Episodic – “League of Denial ‘Dangerous Love Affair’ Trailer”

Nova (1)
Outstanding Science and Technology Programming – “Manhunt: Boston Bombers”

American Experience (1)
Outstanding Promotional Announcement - "JFK Promo"

About WGBH:

WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children's series. WGBH's television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region's diverse community include Greater Boston, Basic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI's The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation's educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org




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