NFB, Herman’s House win Emmy Awards

A Short History of the Highrise, Storyline's Herman's House and an episode of the fifth estate were among the projects that picked up awards on Monday.

The Storyline Entertainment documentary Herman’s House and the National Film Board and The New York Times coproduced interactive documentary A Short History of the Highrise were both honoured at the Emmy Awards for News and Documentary last night, while the fifth estate episode “Made in Bangladesh” was recognized at the (separate) International Emmys for News and Current Affairs.

“Made in Bangladesh,” which investigated the collapse of a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh that killed 1,000 garment workers, won the 2014 International Emmy Award for News and Current Affairs in the current affairs category. The episode aired on CBC on Oct. 11, 2013.

Herman’s House, from Toronto’s Storyline Entertainment, took home a News and Documentary Emmy in the outstanding arts and culture programming category. The documentary, which profiles an artistic collaboration between prisoner Herman Wallace and artist Jackie Sumell, was directed/produced by Angad Singh Bhalla.

A Short History of the Highrise (pictured) won the top prize in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category of the International Emmy Awards for News and Documentary. The interactive doc is featured on The New York Times Op-Docs section, where viewers can explore 2.500 years of “vertical living.” The project has won a number of other high-profile awards in the past, including a Peabody Award, first prize at the 2014 World Press Awards in the multimedia category, and  the Sheffield Innovation Award from the 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest.

A Short History of the Highrise was created by Katerina Cizek and produced by Gerry Flahive for the NFB. The doc was executive produced by the NFB’s Silva Basmajian and Jason Spingarn-Koff of the New York Times.