David Plakos

David Plakos is an L.A.-based freelance camera operator. He has shot hundreds of music/variety television specials, concerts and award shows specializing in LIVE events as well as multiple TV series.

Plakos has 45 Primetime Emmy Nominations and has won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also served on the Television Academy's "Lighting, Camera & Technical Arts" Peer Group Executive Committee multiple times.

David Plakos is an L.A.-based freelance camera operator. He has shot hundreds of music/variety television specials, concerts and award shows specializing in LIVE events as well as multiple TV series.

Plakos has 45 Primetime Emmy Nominations and has won 10 Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also served on the Television Academy's "Lighting, Camera & Technical Arts" Peer Group Executive Committee multiple times.

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Awards & Nominations

49 Nominations | 10 Emmys
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special - 2020
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Special - 2019
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series - 2018
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • "Jimmy Kimmel Live In Brooklyn: Billy Joel And Tracy Morgan"
  • ABC
  • ABC Studios in association with Jackhole Industries
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series - 2018
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Voice
  • "Live Finale, Part 2"
  • NBC
  • MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc., Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special - 2018
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control for a Limited Series, Movie, or Special - 2017
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special - 2016
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special - 2015
  • Winner
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - 2014
  • Nominee
  • David Plakos, Camera
  • The Oscars
  • ABC
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - 2013
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - 2012
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - 2011
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - 2010
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special - 2010
Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series - 2009
  • Winner
  • David Plakos
  • American Idol
  • "Episode 834A"
  • FOX
  • FremantleMedia North America, Inc. and 19 TV Ltd.
2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception
2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception
2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception
David Plakos, Brian Latille, Eric Becker
David Plakos, Eric Becker, Brian Latille
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2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception
Camera

Television Academy Governor David Plakos congratulates nominees at the 2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception at the Television Academy on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

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2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception
Camera

Television Academy Governor David Plakos, Michael Jarocki, James Hitchcock, and guest at the 2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception at the Television Academy on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

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2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception
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Television Academy Governors David Plakos and Jeff Calderon at the 2019 Cinematography/Lighting, Camera, and Technical Arts Nominee Reception at the Television Academy on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in North Hollywood, California.

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David Plakos, Brian Latille, Eric Becker
Camera

David Plakos, from left, Brian Latille, and Eric Becker pose for a portrait at the Television Academy's Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Los Angeles.

Vince Bucci/Invision/AP Images
David Plakos, Eric Becker, Brian Latille
Camera

David Plakos, from left, Eric Becker, and Brian Latille participate in an interview at the Television Academy's Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Rich Fury/Invision/AP Images
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