AFI CONSERVATORY ALUMNI WIN EMMYS® FOR:
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — SEPTEMBER 19, 2016, Los Angeles, CA — Three AFI Conservatory alumni took home Primetime Emmys® in top categories on Sunday night: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY executive producers Dante Di Loreto (AFI Class of 1991) and Brad Falchuk (AFI Class of 1994) for Outstanding Limited Series, and THE VOICE executive producer Lee Metzger (AFI Class of 2000) for Outstanding Reality Program. At the Creative Arts Emmys® held September 10–11, 2016, two alumni won honors: Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981) for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series for VEEP and Julie Janata (AFI Class of 1981) for Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program for WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
This year marks Jones' second consecutive Emmy® win for VEEP, and Metzger's second consecutive win for THE VOICE.
Altogether, 22 AFI Conservatory alumni received 20 nominations — up from last year’s total of 14 nominations. In total, 50 AFI Conservatory alumni worked on the programs recognized by this year’s Emmy® nominations. Nominees included HOMELAND executive producers Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women [DWW], Class of 1982) and Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003), the creative team behind MR. ROBOT — creator/executive producer Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) and executive producer Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) — and UNREAL co-creator/writer/executive producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012).
The Emmy® wins add to an already impressive list of accolades in 2016 for AFI Conservatory alumni that has included: a Student Academy Award win, two College Television Award (Student Emmy®) wins, 12 Television Critics Association Award nominations, three Cannes Film Festival prizes, five Academy Award® nominations and a Best Picture win, the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, three Critics’ Choice Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and much more. Head here for a full list of awards and nominations.
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The AFI Conservatory offers a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. Aspiring artists learn from the masters in a collaborative, hands-on production environment with an emphasis on storytelling. Within the Conservatory is also a unique training program, the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW). AFI Conservatory’s alumni have been consistently recognized with all of the major industry awards — Academy Awards®, Emmy® Awards, guild awards — as well as the Tony Awards®. Esteemed director, producer and screenwriter James L. Brooks serves as Artistic Director of the AFI Conservatory where he provides creative leadership for the elite film program. Proud supporters of the AFI Conservatory are American Airlines, the official airline of AFI and VIZIO, the official home theater sponsor of AFI.
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