Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, will receive this year's prestigious Governors Award at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Los Angeles’ NOKIA Theatre. The Creative Arts Awards will be shown as a two-hour special on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. on E! Entertainment.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Board of Governors bestows the honor upon individuals, companies or organizations who have made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television, Academy chairman/CEO John Shaffner said.
This year, in addition to the Governors Award, Nevins is nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards: three nominations for The Alzheimer's Project including Grandpa Do You Know Who I Am?; as well as a nomination for Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery.
Over the course of the 21 years that Nevins and her HBO documentary unit have been participating in the Primetime Emmy Awards, the Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee has personally amassed 54 nominations and 22 wins, including 2008's White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking," Classical Baby for "Outstanding Children's Program,” When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts for "Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking”; and Ghosts of Abu Ghraib for "Outstanding Nonfiction Special" in 2007, and many more.
"Sheila has set a standard of excellence in documentary programming for years. Her unerring instincts, passion, creativity and intellect have led to programming which moves, informs and challenges. We are proud and honored that Sheila has been recognized with the Governor's Award," added Michael Lombardo, President, Programming and West Coast Operations, HBO.