SOURCE: ITVS

September 23, 2008 16:34 ET

ITVS Garners Four Wins at the 29th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards

"Independent Lens" Takes News and Doc Emmy for Best Documentary; "BILLY STRAYHORN: Lush Life" and "America at a Crossroads'" "OPERATION HOMECOMING: Writing the Wartime Experience" Are Among Winners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 23, 2008) - Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today that three of its acclaimed films have won four Emmys at the 29th annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in broadcast journalism during the 2007 calendar year. Since 1997, ITVS-funded projects have garnered 13 wins at the News and Documentary Emmys.

The Emmy® Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens'" presentation of "BILLY STRAYHORN: Lush Life" took home the award for "Best Documentary," building on the series' past two Emmy wins in the News and Documentary category.

Directed by Robert Levi, the film examines the life of the composer of "Take the 'A' Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, who struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous years of the mid-20th century. The series' past two News and Documentary Emmy wins include "A LION'S TRAIL" (2006) for "Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming" and "BE GOOD, SMILE PRETTY" (2004) for "Best Documentary."

"'BILLY STRAYHORN: Lush Life' is an exceptional film about an extraordinary man -- an American musical genius. We are thrilled that the film has received such a prestigious honor," said "Independent Lens" series producer Lois Vossen.

In 2007, "Independent Lens" received its first national primetime Emmy Award in the "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking" category for its special presentation of "A LION IN THE HOUSE," which follows six years in the lives of five families fighting childhood cancer.

"OPERATION HOMECOMING: Writing the Wartime Experience," a co-production of ITVS and a presentation of WETA, received two Emmys, for "Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form" and "Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound."

Directed by Richard Robbins, "OPERATION HOMECOMING: Writing the Wartime Experience" aired as part of "America at a Crossroads," a series of documentaries developed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that explore the challenges confronting the post-9/11 world. Topics include the war on terrorism, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the experiences of American troops, the struggle for balance within the Islamic world and Muslim life in America, and perspectives on America's role globally. A Documentary Group production, the film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2008.

The ITVS co-production and "P.O.V." presentation "MADE IN L.A." was awarded an Emmy in the "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story - Long Form" category. Directed by Almudena Carracedo, the film documents the lives, struggles and personal transformations of three Latina immigrants working in garment factories and explores the complex impact of globalization on the U.S. apparel industry and its largely immigrant workforce.

"We are extremely proud of the amazing recognition these films have achieved. It is wonderful to see the hard work, determination and artistic vision of these outstanding independent filmmakers recognized with such esteemed awards," said Sally Jo Fifer, ITVS president and CEO.

The following is a complete list of the winners:

BEST DOCUMENTARY
"Independent Lens"
"BILLY STRAYHORN: Lush Life"
Producer/Director
Robert Levi
Producers
Joshua Blum, George Seminara
Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer

OUTSTANDING CONTINUING COVERAGE OF A NEWS STORY - LONG FORM
"P.O.V."
"Made in L.A."
Executive Producers
Sally Jo Fifer, Simon Kilmurry, Cara Mertes
Producer/Director
Almudena Carracedo
Producer
Robert Bahar

OUTSTANDING INFORMATIONAL PROGRAMMING - LONG FORM
"America at a Crossroads"
"OPERATION HOMECOMING: Writing the Wartime Experience"
Series Executive Producers
Jeff Bieber, Dalton Delan
Series Producer
Leo Eaton
Program Executive Producers
Tom Yellin, Sally Jo Fifer (for ITVS)
Program Director/Producer
Richard Robbins

OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN A CRAFT: MUSIC AND SOUND
"America at a Crossroads"
"OPERATION HOMECOMING: Writing the Wartime Experience"
Sound Editor
Glen Frazier
Re-recording Mixer
Terrance Dwyer
Foley Artist
Monique Reymond
Sound Effects Editors
Sam Londé, Matthew Slivinski
Dialog Editors
David Ball, Vince Tennant

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For information about "Independent Lens" visit: pbs.org/independentlens/

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