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DEPARTMENT 19 POST AUGUST 2015 he Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will present the 67th Emmy Awards on September 20th, recognizing excellence in television. HBO is the leading network with 126 nomina- tions, and its hugely popular Game of Thrones received the single most nomi- nations with 24, including recognition for "Cinematography," "Directing," "Editing," "Sound Editing," "Sound Mixing" and "Special Visual Effects." ABC (42), CBS (41), NBC (41) FX Networks (38), Fox (35) and Netflix (34) also have strong showings. Here, Post looks at a number of this year's nominees. FOX'S EMPIRE Fox's Empire is a powerful family drama about the head of a music empire, whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. The show had a very successful first season and received three Emmy nominations, including "Lead Actress in a Drama Series" for Taraji P. Henson's portrayal of Cookie Lyon. "We started up last August and went 'til March," says Empire editor Joe Leonard of the show's first season. "It was a surprise it was a big hit. I knew it would be good, but I had no idea that people would respond to it as they did." Leonard, who worked on Glee for four seasons, cut Empire's pilot, as well as several additional Season 1 episodes. Next month, Post will report on the challenges of cutting the show's dramat- ic and musical scenes, Leonard's Avid workflow, and plans for Season 2. STARZ'S BLACK SAILS Black Sails is one of Starz's most popular shows and is nominated for two Emmys this year: "Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series," and "Outstanding Special Visual Effects." The show relies on VFX to help establish its 1700s Bahamas setting, despite the fact that it's actually shot in Cape Town, South Africa. According to senior visual effects supervisor, Erik Henry, their mission from the start was to achieve film-quality effects, which is why Season 1 took home the Emmy for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role." Henry talks in detail about the show's VFX challenges in this month's "Visual Effects" column on page 16. SHOWTIME'S HOMELAND An intense psychological thriller starring Claire Danes, Homeland is not only one of Showtime's most popular series, but one of TV's most critically acclaimed. It's the winner of five Golden Globe awards and numerous Primetime Emmys. It's nomi- nated again this year in five categories, including "Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series" — Lesli Linka Glatter — for her work in directing the show's "From A To B And Back Again" episode. Glatter, who is also one of the show's executive producers, is a TV veteran with a long list of credits that include Twin Peaks, The Walking Dead, Justified, Masters of Sex, Nashville, True Blood, Mad Men, and The West Wing. "What's happening in television now in this new 'golden age' is absolutely thrilling," she says. "We're able to tell such wonderfully-complicated stories about interesting and flawed, and also very complicated characters. We are now telling stories that are visually exciting and not just talking heads as I think TV was once seen — that's been a huge shift in terms of what one is seeing on TV — and I think that's changed forever in the most positive and exciting way." Read Post's full interview with Glatter next month. FOOD NETWORK'S DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES Food Network's highly-rated series, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives stars culi- nary host Guy Fieri and is nominated T Homeland executive producer/ director nominee Glatter says the show reflects TV's "huge shift." Citizen Pictures is largely responsible for the success of nominee Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The Emmy-nominated Black Sails relies on VFX to establish its Bahamas setting.

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