South Africans feature in upcoming Emmy nominations


No less than five South Africans have been nominated for the upcoming 61st Primetime Emmy ® Awards.
When the seven-part series, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, premiers on M-Net on 3 August, South Africans will have the chance to view the work of one of the talented South Africans who has been nominated.

No 1 Ladies Detective Agency features wardrobe design by Jo Katsaras, who is nominated for Outstanding Costumes for a Series as Costume Designer with her Costume Supervisor Zureta Schulz. Based on Alexander McCall Smith’s books, the series was shot in Botswana by multiple Academy Award winning director Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient”, and “The Talented Mr. Ripley”) who passed away shortly after the series wrapped.

Katsaras (whose credits include John Boorman’s In my Country, and Racing Stripes) says that when the series flighted on the HBO network earlier this year the costumes drew so much attention she was invited to exhibit them at The FIDM Museum in Los Angeles. The exhibit opened on 25 July.

For Generation Kill (which has a total of 11 nominations) Set Decorator and Art Director, Amelia Weavind (Tsotsi, Stander and 10 000BC), is nominated for Best Set Dresser along with a Casting nomination for veteran Casting Director, Christa Schamberger.

Top Sound Mixer, Colin McFarlane, has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie for 24-Redemption. This is not the first nomination or award for McFarlane who has worked in the business for 30 years, not only producing quality sound but mentoring newcomers. He is also up for a Gemini Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy).

Other competing shows include CSI, 30 Rock, Dancing with the Stars, The Office, The Amazing Race, Weeds, 24, and 24-Redemption, Grey’s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and The Tudors.


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