The Kennedys

Canadian production company Muse Entertainment is proud to announce that its productions The Kennedys and The Pillars of the Earth have won a total of 5 Emmy Awards.

The 8-hour historical drama, The Kennedys, produced by Muse in association with Asylum Entertainment, brought home 4 Emmy Awards including: Outstanding Lead Actor for Barry Pepper, Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie.

The critically-acclaimed 8 part series The Pillars of the Earth, co-produced with Germany’s Tandem Communications garnered 1 Emmy win for Outstanding Sound Editing for A Miniseries, Movie or a Special.

“Winning 4 Emmys for The Kennedys and 1 for The Pillars of the Earth has been a very special moment for Muse, particularly since all 5 winners were Canadian. Barry Pepper’s win is especially sweet since he put so much of himself into the role,” says Executive Producer & Muse Entertainment President Michael Prupas.

The Primetime Emmy® Awards celebrate excellence in national primetime programming, awarding top honors at the annual creative arts and primetime awards ceremonies.

(From a press release)

Monday, August 22 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Part 7 of an 8-Part Emmy and Gemini Award Nominated Series*

The nation watches as President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Meanwhile, Bobby sinks into a deep depression and blames himself for his brother’s death.

The mini-series The Kennedys and The Pillars of the Earth, the series Durham County (season 3) and Being Human, and the television movies Reviving Ophelia and Jack of Diamonds, all produced or co-produced by Muse Entertainment, received a total of 34 Gemini Award nominations today. The Gemini Awards honour outstanding achievement in television.

“Muse has been blessed this year to have worked on some remarkable projects with some of the most talented people in Canada and internationally,” says President of Muse Entertainment, Michael Prupas. “We are grateful to see these talented people honoured by their peers through these many Gemini nominations.”

The Kennedys, which also received 10 prestigious Emmy Award nominations in the United States last month, is produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment. The 8-episode historical drama is up for 10 Gemini Awards.

The Pillars of the Earth, an epic 8-episode drama adapted from Ken Follett’s bestselling novel, received 7 Emmy Award nominations last month. Produced by Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment, in association with Scott Free Films, it was also honoured with 10 nominations.

The riveting 6-episode crime series Durham County, produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films, received 6 nominations. In 2009, the series brought home 5 Gemini Awards and in 2010 it garnered 4 nominations and 2 wins.

Based on the highly popular UK series, the 13-part series Being Human, produced by Muse Entertainment in association with Zodiak Media Group, received 5 nominations. The second season is currently in production in Montreal.

Other Muse Entertainment titles that received nominations are Reviving Ophelia, a television movie about an abusive teenage relationship, and Jack of Diamonds, about an unlikely team of thieves that join forces to help those cheated by a corrupt insurance company.

 

See below for a full list of Muse’s 2011 Gemini Nominations:

 

THE KENNEDYS:

 

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

(Muse Entertainment in association with Asylum Entertainment)

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Jordan Samuel, Jenny Arbour, Linda Dowd, Colin Penman

 

Best Costume Design

Christopher Hargadon

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Jon Cassar

 

Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Sean Callery

 

Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series

David Moxness

 

Best Production Design in a Fiction Program or Series

Rocco Matteo

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program

Frank Morrone, Henry Embry, Mark Gingras, Katie Halliday, John Laing, Jill Purdy, Stephen Traub, Marilee Yorston

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Barry Pepper

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Diana Hardcastle

 

THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH:

 

Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie

(Tandem Communications and Muse Entertainment, in association with Scott Free Films)

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Colleen Quinton

 

Best Costume Design

Mario Davignon

 

Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Trevor Morris

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Program

Marcel Pothier, Jo Caron, Gavin Fernandes, Guy Francoeur, Louis Gignac, Antoine Morin, Guy Pelletier, Christian Rivest

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

John Pielmeier

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Rufus Sewell

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Ian McShane

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Alison Pill

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Hayley Atwell

 

DURHAM COUNTY:

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

Charles Binamé (The World Ends)

 

Best Sound in a Dramatic Series

Steve Moore, Alex Bullick, Yann Cleary, Christian Cooke, Andrea Higgins, Jill Purdy, Marilee Yorston

 

Best Achievement in Casting

Marissa Richmond, Libby Goldstein, Andrea Kenyon, Suzanne Smith, Randi Wells

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Hugh Dillon

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series

Michael Nardone

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series

Bénédicte Decary

 

BEING HUMAN:

 

Best Achievement in Make-Up

Emilie Gauthier, Erik Gosselin

 

Best Direction in a Dramatic Series

Paolo Barzman (Dog Eats Dog)

 

Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series

Simon Webb

 

Best Visual Effects

Mario Rachiele, Marie-Ève Bédard-Tremblay, Benoît Brière, Carl Gagnon, Catherine Hébert, Raphaël Hubert, Jonathan Laborde, Jean-Francois Lafleur, Pierre-Simon Lebrun-Chaput, Philippe Sylvain

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role

Sam Witwer

 

JACK OF DIAMONDS:

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Peter Hume

 

REVIVING OPHELIA:

 

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series

Teena Booth

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series Rebecca Williams

 

(From a press release)

Monday, August 1 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Part 5 of an 8-Part Emmy Nominated Series*

President Kennedy becomes active in the civil rights movement when he orders a black student to be admitted into a segregated school. Meanwhile, Bobby holds off indicting mobster Sam Giancana and Rose fires Joe Kennedy Sr.’s secretary (and former lover) in retaliation for sending their daughter, Rosemary into an institution.

Monday, July 25 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Part 4 of an 8-Part Series*

In an effort to fight crime and corruption, Bobby Kennedy forms the Organized Crime Division. This prompts mobster Sam Giancana to confront Frank Sinatra, who arranged a meeting between the gangster and Joe Kennedy Sr. before the election. Meanwhile, Jackie’s responsibilities as First Lady take their toll on the family.

Shaw Media is thrilled to learn that its groundbreaking original production of The Kennedys received ten nominations for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most ever for a Canadian original production. As one of the most anticipated television events of the year, The Kennedys set viewership records on History Television this spring, and is now enjoying wider exposure on Global, currently airing the blockbuster mini-series Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.

“We always knew that The Kennedys is television at its finest,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content for Shaw Media. “The recognition that we received this morning via the Emmy Awards is simply astounding. We couldn’t be happier, and we owe much of our thanks to our partner Muse Entertainment along with incredible cast and crew. Congratulations on a job well done.”

Primetime Emmy Award Nominations for The Kennedys include:

Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

•       Greg Kinnear as John F. Kennedy

•       Barry Pepper as Bobby Kennedy

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

•       Tom Wilkinson as Joe Kennedy

 

Outstanding Art Direction For A Miniseries Or Movie

 

Outstanding Cinematography For A Miniseries Or Movie

 

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Miniseries Or A Movie

 

Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries Or A Movie (Non-Prosthetic)

 

Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

 

Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie

Monday, July 11 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Part 2 of an 8-Part Series*

The presidential election comes down to the wire and John F. Kennedy wins the election against Richard Nixon by the closest margin in US history. Now in the public eye, Jackie warns her newly-elected husband that she will no longer tolerate his extramarital affairs and endure public humiliation. Meanwhile, Jack’s brother, Bobby tells Joe Kennedy Sr. he’s leaving politics.

Monday, July 4 – 9pm ET/PT on Global

*Network Premiere, Part 1 of an 8-Part Series*

An eight-part drama, The Kennedys is telling the intimate story of the illustrious Kennedy family. In part one, the Kennedys rally to put Jack in the White House, but Jack (an incorrigible ladies man) has no interest in politics. Meanwhile, Jackie suffers a devastating loss.

The Kennedys continues its winning streak across the globe with over 2.6 million viewers tuning in for the series premiere episode on BBC Two in the UK on June 17.

Audience numbers remained steady for the follow-up episode the same night with over 2.3 million viewers, outperforming BBC2’s year-to-date slot average of 1.6m and 1.57m respectively.

Since its world premiere on ReelzChannel in the U.S. this past April, which brought in a record breaking  2 million plus viewers per episode, The Kennedys was the highest rated dramatic program ever for History Television in Canada for its opening episode with over 1,000,000 viewers. The mini-series also pulled in 425,000 viewers for the opening four episodes on History UK, making it History’s top performing series ever; 766,000 viewers in Sweden for the premiere of the series as well as an 18.5% share for the first two episodes on RTBF in French language Belgium and a 24.77% share for episode one in Ireland on RTE.

“The Kennedys continues to perform beyond expectations in the markets where it is broadcast” says Michael Prupas, an executive producer of the miniseries and President of its distributor, Muse Distribution International. “The reason why the BBC Two executives were so delighted about the size of its audience is because it came after the show had already been shown on History Channel UK”, he continued.

The Kennedys has been licensed by more than 50 territories around the world for broadcast in 2011 including Quebec’s Super Ėcran, France Television 3, Japan’s NHK, Switzerland’s TSR, Italy’s La Sette, Spain’s Telecinco, Norway’s NRK, New Zealand’s Sky TV, Israel’s IBA, Finland’s YLE and Australia’s ABC.

With the final numbers in, History Television is thrilled to announce that the debut run of The Kennedys delivered record-breaking viewership for the channel.

The confirmed data shows that the four-part movie event averaged over 700,000 viewers (2+) and close to 300,000 (A25-54) for its 9 pm play on the channel. The premiere episode also delivered a whopping 1,058,000 viewers (2+) and over 400,000 (A25-54).

The channel’s hugely successful first foray into dramatic entertainment became the second highest-rated series premiere of all-time on History Television (2+), behind Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads, which earned over 1.1 million viewers on January 12, 2011. The series also becomes the highest-rated movie or special presentation on the channel. 

Viewers have the chance to see the most anticipated miniseries of the year when The Kennedys premieres on Global Monday, July 4 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Source: BBM Canada PPM Data (April 10 – May 8, 2011)