Disney’s National Geographic and ABC News Studios picked up several awards at the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, which were presented at a special event at the Palladium Times Square in New York City.
The 44th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards honour programming content from more than 2300 submissions that originally premiered in calendar year 2022, judged by a pool of over 1000 peer professionals from across the television and streaming/digital media News & Documentary industry.
National Geographic won five awards, with “Retrograde” winning the awards for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary, Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary, and Outstanding Cinematography: Editing. The documentary tells the story of a young Afghan general and his corps defend their homeland alongside U.S. special operations forces while civilians desperately flee as the Taliban takes over during the final months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan.
And “Flagmakers” won the award for Outstanding Short Documentary. This short about the unexpected people who make the American flag and invites us to ask the question: who is America and who is the American flag for?
The Disney+ Original series, “Super/Natural”, won the award for Outstanding Promotional Announcement. Ironically, the show is no longer available on Disney+ because it was part of a large impairment charge that saw over a hundred originals removed from Disney+ and Hulu.
ABC News Studios won the Outstanding Live News Program for its show, “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir”.
Terry O’Reilly, Chairman, NATAS said in a statement:
“There has never been a time when the need for thoughtful and hard-hitting documentaries has been greater, nor a time when excellence in this genre has been more deserving of note, honor and celebration. Tonight’s Emmy honorees take us behind the headlines to explore the many facets of our shared global reality and do so at the highest level of the craft. We congratulate them for their achievement.”
Adam Sharp, NATAS CEO & President, also added:
“Tonight’s documentary Emmy winners are to be celebrated for bringing us in-depth explorations of the world in all its complexity. One person who exemplifies this more than any other is our Lifetime Achievement honoree, Barbara Kopple, whose work has cast a critical gaze at the core of the American experience itself. We also are thrilled to congratulate our inaugural class of national documentary Gold and Silver Circle honorees for their service to our industry and their countless hours of mentorship and support for the next generation.”
You can watch “Retrograde” and “Flagmakers” on Disney+ now.
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