Nonfiction directors make strange bedfellows at Emmys: Road to the Emmys 2012: The Director

by Peter D. Marshall

by Carita Rizzo.

Bertram van Munster, co-creator and exec producer of “The Amazing Race,” has a shelf full of Emmy awards for various achievements in the nonfiction categories, including eight kudos for reality competition program. But there is one Emmy that eludes him. Despite being nominated four times for directing in nonfiction programming, the trophy has always gone to directors of more traditional documentaries — as has been the case for the past eight years.

“It’s only a big deal if you lose because you’re in the wrong category,” says van Munster. “I think they’re very, very different genres. Our show is shot in real time. It’s chronological. It’s a completely different way of directing.” The question becomes, does the TV Academy think the nonfiction directing category should be split?

“I think that in a category competition in which you are asking the voters to rank programming, one against the other, you ideally are going to have an apples-to-apples kind of comparison,” says the org’s senior awards veep, John Leverence. “And where you have an apples and oranges situation, as in this case, then you are asking your voters to do something which is very difficult. “I see it definitely as something that will continue to be discussed.

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