Sep 14, 2009

Six Creative Arts Emmys go to PBS

PBS scored six honors at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles, with Masterpiece's "Little Dorritt" the big winner with four. Taking home statuettes were: Rachel Freck for casting; Barbara Kidd and Marion Weise for costumes; for art direction, James Merrifield, Paul Ghirardani and Deborah Wilson; for photography, Lukas Strebel. Great Performances scored for its title music by John Williams; and American Masters was outstanding nonfiction series, with Susan Lacey, Prudence Glass, Julie Sacks and Judy Kinberg producers. These Emmys recognize technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes production work such as picture editing, sound editing, sound mixing, special visual effects, cinematography, art direction, music, stunts and more. A full list of winners is on the Emmy website (PDF). HBO was top winner with 16.

Too Beautiful to Live: still alive and kicking

Too Beautiful to Live with Luke Burbank, a weekly evening talk show on Seattle's KIRO-FM until its cancellation last week, attracted an audience of "NPR defectors...people who were married to NPR but were stepping out on them," Burbank, former NPR reporter and co-host of the short-lived Bryant Park Project, tells the Seattle Times. As it turned out, after more than 300 broadcasts this audience was tiny: in July the show drew an average quarter hour rating of 1,400 listeners between the ages of 25 to 54, about 1.4 percent of its target demographic in the Seattle market. "Frankly, if I was managing KIRO, I'd have done the same thing," Burbank says of the decision to take TBTL off the air. In an interim arrangement expected to last at least until January, when his KIRO contract ends, Burbank is producing a regular TBTL podcast.