Pubcasters take home Creative Emmys, and more awards in public media

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Alan Gilbert conducts the New York Philharmonic performing Sondheim's Sweeney Todd with Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson at Avery Fisher Hall, 3/5/14. Photo by Chris Lee

Live from Lincoln Center’s broadcast of Sweeney Todd won a Creative Emmy. (Photo: Courtesy of Chris Lee/New York Philharmonic)

PBS won four Creative Arts Emmys.

The network took home the award for outstanding hairstyling for a single-camera series for Downton Abbey. The award cited Nic Collins, the key hairstylist on episode six of the series’ fifth season.

The award for outstanding special class program went to Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Live from Lincoln Center), a new stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s grisly musical starring Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson.

Peter Coyote won the top prize for narration for The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, The Roosevelts recounted the lives of 20th century political figures Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The award cited Coyote’s work on “Episode 1: Get Action.”

PBS also won outstanding motion design for How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson, a documentary series that told the behind-the-scenes stories of ideas that shaped modern life.

The Television Academy presented its 2015 Creative Arts Emmys to winners Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival

KCTS 9 and EarthFix will be honored at the WCFF awards.

The Seattle-based station won best wildlife crime film in collaboration with EarthFix, a partnership among pubcasters in the Pacific Northwest focused on environmental issues. The winning film, Wildlife Detectives: The Poaching of Puget Sound, told the story of the illegal overharvesting of marine species such as mussels, oysters and geoduck clams in the Pacific Northwest.

The award cited Katie Campbell, an Emmy Award–winning journalist and the film’s producer. KCTS and EarthFix followed local wildlife officers’ efforts to combat poaching for over a year.

“Illegal harvesting of shellfish is a huge issue in our region,” said Rob Dunlop, KCTS 9 president and c.e.o. “We hope this kind of reporting will play a role in triggering action to protect our natural resources.”

The WCFF will be held October 16–25 in New York City.