News Roundup: Sports Emmys; Boxing News & More


It has been a while since this writer has done a concentrated effort of reporting HBO News. So here is a smattering of information about Home Box Office and what it has been doing here and abroad. I hope you find something of interest.

  •  HBO Wins Sports Emmys

Usually when you think of the Emmys you think of the event in September that honors the primetime programming that airs across the dial. We are already aware of the nominations out for that ceremony and  HBO is represented therein quite nicely. But there are other Emmys besides the Primetime Emmys and we found out that HBO was well represented there as well. The ceremony was for honoring programming excellence in the genre of Sports Broadcasting and HBO landed six awards there. The winners were –

For Outstanding SDoc_Namathports Documentary – NAMATH (with NFL Films)

For Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology – REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

For Outstanding Long Feature – REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL – Steve Gleason: Tragic Hero (by Jon Frankel)

NOTE: the two Emmys for REAL SPORTS mark the 24th & 25th awards for the show since it began in April of 1995.

For Outstanding Editing – 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ 4


For Outstanding Music Composition/ Direction/ Lyrics NAMATH (with NFL FILMS)

You can be sure HBOWatch will announce how well HBO fared in the Primetime Emmy contest after it airs on 09.22.13.


  •  HBO Nominated for News & Documentary Emmys

Another separate awards ceremony is the News and Documentary Emmy Awards which will be held on 10.01.13 in New York City. HBO has a total twenty-one nominated works at this event. The nominees are –

For Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story (Long Form) – HBO Documentary Film: THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM Doc_Tsunami

For Outstanding Historical Programming (Long Form) – HBO Documentary Film: THE LOVING STORY and HBO Documentary Film: VITO

For Outstanding Economic & Business Reporting (Long Form) – HBO Documentary Film: HARD TIMES: LOST ON LONG ISLAND

For Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming – HBO Documentary Film: GOD IS THE BIGGER ELVIS ; HBO Documentary Film: MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT and HBO Documentary Film RASING RENEE

For Outstanding Science and Technology Programming – HBO Documentary Film: PROJECT NIM and HBO Documentary Film: http:/SAVING FACE

For Best Documentary – HBO Documentary Film: PROJECT NIM; HBO Documentary Film: SAVING FACE; HBO Documentary Film: THE LOVING STORY and HBO Documentary Film: THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM

For Outstanding Research – HBO Documentary Film: SAVING FACE and HBO Documentary Film: VITO

SAVING FACE – the most nominated HBO documentary with five.

For Outstanding Cinematography (Documentary and Long Form) – HBO Documentary Film: SAVING FACE For Outstanding Editing (Documentary and Long Form) – HBO Documentary Film: MARINA ABRAMOVIC: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT; HBO Documentary Film: SAVING FACE and HBO Documentary Film: THE LOVING STORY


HBOWatch has reviewed the majority of the nominees so hit the links if you want our opinions. As for the few stray ones we haven’t covered well, we just might get to them sometime. We will post the recipients of these awards in October.


  • HBO’s Latest Boxing News

HBO Boxing has been stumbling lately; not that the premium network would admit it. It started with losing the large stable of boxers that were housed at HBOBoxing_logoGolden Boys Promotions. Now, we have learned, via the Boxing 101 site, that the bouts HBO has assembled in 2013 to date have not been solid in the ratings.

A good bout was the February 16, 2013: HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING matchup between Adrien Broner and Gavin Rees which averaged 1.4 million viewers. Broner, however left HBO with Golden Boys. An April 27, 2013: HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING bout between Sergio Martinez and Martin Murray only averaged 696, 000 viewers watching.

What HBO was counting on was a big fight and they were not materializing. In fact, just recently a top HBO Sports executive resigned after not making a big draw happen. He was Ken Davis. As the New York Daily News tells us –

For the past 16 years, Davis was one of the highest ranking African-Americans at HBO, a primary king-maker who played a key role in making lucrative fights involving Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones and Manny Pacquiao, among others. But Davis, along with former president of HBO Sports, Ross Greenburg, also became a scapegoat for the network’s inability to make the super-fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao and for allowing a number of fights to reach the airwaves that lacked competitive balance.

So right now, there is a major overhaul of the HBO Sports division at the premium channel. There are not even any HBO Sports documentaries right now. The upcoming GLICKMAN documentary, about the pioneer of sports reporting, is under the HBO Documentary Film banner. The last Sports Documentary was the Emmy nominated NAMATH, mentioned above, that aired in January of 2012.

Only time will tell how HBO can strengthen its Sport programming and HBOWatch will try to keep an eye on it.


  • Cinemax Series: THE KNICK

acinemax-logoJust per chance some of you get an HBO/CINEMAX bundle package here, straight from an HBO Press Release, is a description of a new series to HBO’s sister channel.

Academy Award winner and Emmy nominee Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Side Effect & HBO’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA) will direct Academy Award and Emmy nominee Clive Owen (Children of Men &  HBO’s HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN) in the entire ten-episode season of the CINEMAX original series THE KNICK, which begins production in New York in September.

Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming, says, “We are thrilled that Steven and Clive have chosen to bring this unique and exciting series to CINEMAX.” Set in downtown New York in 1900, THE KNICK centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine. All this happens during a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.

The writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising Helen & Big Miracle), who wrote the pilot for the series, will serve as executive producers, along with Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Gregory Jacobs BEHIND THE CANDELABRA). It will debut on the network in 2014.


And with that we wrap up this news installment. Keep your eyes peeled for more news all about HBO right here at HBOWatch. If you found any of this news of interest maybe a comment is in order.



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