AFI CONSERVATORY ALUMNI RECEIVE
20 PRIMETIME EMMY® NOMINATIONS
AFI Alumni Score Top Noms for
HOMELAND, MR. ROBOT, THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON and More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JULY 15, 2016, Los Angeles, CA – Thursday morning’s 68th Annual Primetime Emmy® Awards announcement featured 22 AFI Conservatory alumni, who received a total of 20 nominations — up from last year’s total of 14 nominations. Altogether, 50 AFI Conservatory alumni worked on the programs featured throughout yesterday’s nominations.
HOMELAND executive producers Lesli Linka Glatter (AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women [DWW], Class of 1982) and Gideon Raff (AFI Class of 2003) scored an Outstanding Drama Series nomination for the second year in a row. Glatter earned an Outstanding Directing nomination as well. The creative team behind MR. ROBOT — creator/executive producer Sam Esmail (AFI Class of 2004) and executive producer Steve Golin (AFI Class of 1981) — also received an Outstanding Drama Series nomination. Esmail earned an Outstanding Writing nomination for the series, which launched its second season earlier this week. UNREAL co-creator/writer/executive producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (AFI DWW, Class of 2012) also earned an Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series nomination.
In the comedy categories, TRANSPARENT, produced by Rick Rosenthal (AFI Class of 1973), earned its second consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series nomination. Alumni Allison Jones (AFI Class of 1981) and Steven Rasch (AFI Class of 1988) both picked up noms for VEEP — for Outstanding Casting and Editing, respectively.
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) picked up an Outstanding Limited Series nomination, and the series’ editor Adam Penn (AFI Class of 2003) also earned an Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing nom.
AFI alumni were nominated for many other series and programs including THE AMAZING RACE, BORN THIS WAY, CONFIRMATION, HOUSE OF CARDS, SOUTH PARK, THE VOICE, WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? and WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
Here is the full list of AFI Conservatory alumni nominees.
Also noteworthy, UNREAL: THE AUDITIONS — a web series ancillary to the Lifetime series co-created by Shapiro — earned an Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series nomination. The series featured episodes directed by Amy Barrett (AFI DWW, Class of 2015), whose work on UNREAL: THE AUDITIONS was the first assignment as part of Lifetime’s Broad Focus initiative which this year began offering job placement for DWW alumnae throughout A+E Networks.
Thursday’s Emmys® announcement adds to a 2016 winning streak for AFI Conservatory alumni that has included: a College Television Award (Student Emmy®) win, 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.
About the AFI Conservatory
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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