Hip-Hop Evolution wins International Emmy

The four-part docuseries, produced by Toronto's Banger Films, won the Arts Programming category at the 45th annual edition of the awards ceremony.
Hip Hop Evolution

Toronto-based Banger Films has won an International Emmy for its docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution (pictured).

The four-part project won the Arts Programming category at the 45th annual edition of the awards ceremony, which took place Nov. 20 in New York, winning its category ahead of NHK’s Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki (Japan), Porta Dos Fundos’ Portátil (Brazil) and Talent United Film & TV’s Robin’s Road Trip (Netherlands).

Hip-Hop Evolution, which aired initially on HBO Canada, revisits New York City in the 1970s to explore how the genre transformed from a house-party experiment to a global phenomenon. The series was later acquired by Netflix on a worldwide rights deal (outside of Canada), launching last December.

The International Emmy isn’t the only significant accolade bestowed upon Hip-Hop Evolution, after it won a Peabody Award in April of this year.

The doc series was written by Rodrigo Bascuñán and directed by Darby Wheeler, with co-direction by Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn. Kathleen Meek served as executive producer on the project. Banger’s other credits include Metal: A Headbanger’s JourneySuper Duper Alice CooperRock Icons and the recently released Tragically Hip documentary Long Time Running.

Other Canadian projects nominated for prizes at the awards ceremony were LaRue’s The Amazing Gayl Pile, Aetios Productions 30 Vies – Isabelle Cousineau and Don Carmody TV’s copro Tokyo Trial, though Banger was the only domestic project to win a prize on the night.