Named for the TV Academy’s founder, the award recognizes Academy members who have made a significant, positive impact on the organization through their many years of involvement and service. Last year marked Jones’ 20th year of exec producing the Prime Creative Arts Emmys. This year, he has the night off as Bob Bain takes the reins.
“Spike has been an important part of the DNA of the Academy for a very long time,” said Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “He has strongly influenced the artistic direction of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and shaped it into a wonderful celebration of the many artists, technicians and talents who are the heart and soul of our industry. Spike has also
Such celeb faves as Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris took respective wins for their work as guests on “Saturday Night Live” and “Glee” in the comedy series acting category. John Lithgow and Ann Margret took top honors as drama guests respectively for Showtime’s “Dexter” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Svu.” In accepting his kudo, Lithgow accidentally thanked HBO.
That pay cabler had a lot to be thankful for as it took home 17 trophies, seven of which were for its miniseries “The Pacific.”
Largely the Creative Arts Emmys honor the categories of for casting, art direction, choreography, cinematography, costumes, hairstyling, makeup, editing, lighting, music, sound, visual effects, stunts and technical direction.
Another two dozen Emmys will be handed out in the acting, best series and writing categories in a live
Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy ("Glee"), John Lithgow and Clyde Phillips ("Dexter"), Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Elizabeth Mitchell and Damon Lindelof ("Lost"), Rico Rodriguez and Steve Levitan ("Modern Family"), Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg ("Saturday Night Live") are among the pairings.
The ceremony takes place Aug. 21 and the two-hour special airs Aug. 27 on E!
Dr. John Leverence, senior vp of awards for the TV Academy, will be awarded with the Syd Cassyd Founders Award.
Spike Jones, Jr. returns for the 16th year as producer.
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