Archive for September 21st, 2009

Writing Emmys 2009

21st September 2009 by Maura McHugh

The 2009 Primetime Emmys were awarded last night in Los Angeles.

Here are the nominees and winners for the writing categories:

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
* Ron Weiner for 30 Rock (episode “Mamma Mia”) (NBC)
* James Bobin, Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie for Flight of the Conchords (episode: “Prime Minister”) (HBO)
* Jack Burditt and Robert Carlock for 30 Rock (episode: “Kidney Now!”) (NBC)
* Robert Carlock for 30 Rock (episode: “Apollo, Apollo”) (NBC)
* Matt Hubbard for 30 Rock (episode: “Reunion”) (NBC)

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
* Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (episode: “Meditations in an Emergency”) (AMC)
* Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for Lost (episode: “The Incident”) (ABC)
* Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton and Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (episode: “Six Month Leave”) (AMC)
* Robin Veith and Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (episode: “A Night to Remember”) (AMC)
* Matthew Weiner for Mad Men (episode: “The Jet Set”) (AMC)

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special
* Andrew Davies for Little Dorrit (PBS)
* David Simon for Generation Kill (episode: “Bomb in the Garden”) (HBO)
* Michael Sucsy and Patricia Rozema for Grey Gardens (HBO)
* Michael Strobl and Ross Katz for Taking Chance (HBO)
* Hugh Whitemore for Into the Storm (HBO)

Outstanding Writing For a Variety, Music Or Comedy Series
* The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) Steve Bodow, Head Writer; Jon Stewart, David Javerbaum, Josh Lieb, Rory Albanese, Kevin Bleyer, Jason Ross, Tim Carvell, John Oliver, Sam Means, Rob Kutner, J.R. Havlan, Rich Blomquist, Wyatt Cenac, Elliott Kalan, Rachel Axler.
* Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC)
* Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)
* Saturday Night Live (NBC)
* The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Plus Irish actor Brendan Gleeson won his first Emmy award in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie category for his performance as Winston Churchill in the UK drama Into the Storm.

Irish director Dearbhla Walsh was awarded the Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special category for her work on the BBC drama Little Dorrit.

10 Arguments for the Arts

21st September 2009 by Maura McHugh

Those of us looking to construct an argument about the relevancy of the Arts to society would be well advised to notice that the Council of Europe recognises this vital connection, and funds an organisation, Culture Watch Europe (CWE), whose remit is “the presentation and exchange of information and good practice in the broad sectors of culture and cultural and natural heritage. Based on the Organisation’s fundamental principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, CWE offers an innovative and evidence-based understanding of cultural and heritage developments in Europe.”

It offers a document called “Culture: A Tool For Reversing Recession: Ten Arguments For Use By Ministers”.

This paper sets out ten arguments that Ministers of Culture can use in discussions with their colleagues – especially Finance and Prime ministers – when annual budgets come under scrutiny. It suggests reasons why cultural investment can be an important tool in combating the effects of recession and – perhaps more importantly – leading the way back to prosperity. The arguments also help Ministers of Culture make common cause with those responsible for employment generation, social cohesion, security and education. Every country will have its own examples and statistics to back up the arguments. Similarly each can develop new proposals based on them for restructuring and regeneration. The arguments are as useful at the intergovernmental, regional and local levels as they are at the national. Indeed they can be part of any municipality’saction plan.

I think it’s wonderful for the EU to offer us this coherent strategy for combating budget cuts in relation to culture. If European ministers can use these arguments, so can you!