Friday, July 9, 2010

HBO finds the right formula

Hands-off approach nurtures creativity, resulting in a leading 101 nominations.
By Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2010

Reporting from New York -- —

The 101 Emmy nominations HBO scooped up Thursday marked the 10th straight year that the premium cable channel has won the most nods from the television academy.

Network executives hope the impressive tally, HBO's third-highest ever, will finally put to rest any lingering questions about whether it lost its cultural footing after the conclusion of "The Sopranos."

"It's really, really a sweet morning," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO's programming group. "What's so satisfying and so exciting is the fact that all of the areas we program in were recognized. We can be jumping up and down across the board."

The big winner of the day was the 10-part World War II miniseries "The Pacific," which garnered 24 Emmy nominations, the most of any broadcast or cable program. Two HBO films — "Temple Grandin" and "You Don't Know Jack" — earned 15 nods apiece.

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