Home Box Office topped all networks at the creative-arts portion of the annual Emmy Awards Sept. 11, 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; the documentary Death in Gaza with three; the movie Warm Springs with three; and the 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 an hour for Star Wars: Clone Wars; Nickelodeon and Showtime took two each; and A&E Network, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel and Hallmark Channel each earned one.
Controversial South Park finally won some respect from voters, who chose it as the best animated series of one hour of less.
In all, cable networks received 35 awards at the ceremony, which was telecast 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 Inc. and Sprint PCS Vision, services which 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.