Home Box Office topped all networks at the creative-arts portion of the annual Emmy Awards Sunday night, earning 20 statuettes, including six for the night’s most honored program, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Several HBO programs were multiple winners, including Deadwood with five; documentary Death in Gaza with three, including an honor for exceptional merit; movie Warm Springs with three; and cultural series Classical Baby with two.
Cartoon Network won seven Emmys at the Los Angeles ceremony, including the award for best animated series longer than one hour for Star Wars: Clone Wars.Nickelodeon and Showtime won two each, and A&E Network, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel and Hallmark Channel earned one apiece.
Comedy’s controversial SouthParkfinally won some respect from voters, who chose it as the best animated series, one hour or less.
In all, cable networks got 35 awards at the ceremony, which will be cablecast Sept. 17 on E! Entertainment Television. By comparison, broadcasters earned 37 awards, led by ABC with 10. PBS won nine, NBC eight, CBS six and Fox four.
In a nod to the evolution of delivery platforms, engineering awards were presented to MobiTV and Sprint PCS Vision, services that stream content to cell phones.
Cablevision Systems Corp.’s iO: Interactive Optimum product and the all-access Internet platform supporting the TV Land Awards each won Emmys for interactive services.