Media Release: Monday September 19, 2016
Foxtel the big winner following the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards
HBO’s worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones exclusive to Foxtel has made Emmy Awards’ history by securing a total of 38 wins since its series launch becoming the only scripted series to ever have won this many Emmy Awards. This count includes Game of Thrones securing Best Drama for the second consecutive year, Best Writing in a Drama series, Best Directing in a Drama Series, as well as picking up nine wins at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards held last week.
Season 6 of HBO’s Game of Thrones shattered viewership records on Foxtel with the full season enjoying a cumulative average audience of more than 1.2 million viewers per episode – the most watched scripted series on Foxtel ever.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus from HBO’s comedy series Veep on Foxtel holds the record for most Emmys won by a female performer, which has now risen to seven Emmy Awards as she won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the fifth time in a row for her role in Veep. HBO’s comedy smash also won Outstanding Comedy Series for the second consecutive year.
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – exclusive to Foxtel from HBO – won the Outstanding Variety Talk Series Emmy Award, a category previously dominated by another Foxtel series The Daily Show, where Oliver cut his teeth before hosting his own HBO talk show.
These record-breaking wins are an accomplishment for HBO and a testament to its quality productions and popularity with television viewers. Foxtel is Australia’s undisputed “Home of HBO” and its recently strengthened relationship with HBO ensures Foxtel customers have access to even more HBO dramas, comedies and documentaries to view on Foxtel, and to stream past and present series via Foxtel Anytime available on demand, all the time.
Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards have garnered a spectacular result for our partners HBO and we congratulate them on their number of wins and record-breaking achievements. It is particularly significant as Foxtel has just entered into a new long term exclusive arrangement with HBO which will see its entire library and all future productions shown exclusively on Foxtel in the Australian market. We’re proud to be Australia’s home of HBO.”
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, from The Comedy Channel’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Emmy Awards celebrate excellence in television programming. Foxtel also secured – in addition to the above – a raft of wins including the showcase channel’s Ray Donovan, The Americans and Rami Malek winning best actor in a drama for Mr Robot. The Comedy Channel wins included Louis Anderson for Baskets, in which he played a version of his mother, Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live, and comedy sketch show Key & Peele, along with BBC First’s The Night Manager taking a win for Best Director.
Following Foxtel’s exclusive live coverage of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards there will be an encore broadcast from 7.30pm tonight, Monday September 19, only on FOX8.
2016 Primetime Emmy Award Winners include:
· Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones, showcase (HBO)
· Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep, showcase (HBO)
· Outstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Comedy Channel (HBO)
· Outstanding Variety Sketch Series: Key & Peele, The Comedy Channel (Comedy Central)
· Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek in Mr. Robot, showcase (USA)
· Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep, showcase (HBO)
· Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria in Ray Donovan, showcase (Showtime)
· Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Margo Martindale in The Americans, showcase (FX Networks)
· Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Peter Scolari in Girls, showcase (HBO)
· Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Co-Hosts in Saturday Night Live, The Comedy Channel (NBC)
· Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon in Saturday Night Live, The Comedy Channel (NBC)
· Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson in Baskets, The Comedy Channel (FX Networks)
· Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Miguel Sapochnik for Game of Thrones, showcase (HBO)
· Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series: Susanne Bier for The Night Manager, BBC First (AMC)
· Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series: Ryan McFaul for Inside Amy Schumer (Ep: Madonna/Whore), The Comedy Channel (Comedy Central)
· Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for Game of Thrones, showcase (HBO)
· Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner for Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Comedy Channel (HBO)
The entire list of wins and more Emmy news and information is available at www.Emmys.com.