September 12, 2007
Beal, Fenton Score Again at 59th Creative Arts Emmys
TV Academy honors music from wide range of programming by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Composers Jeff Beal and George Fenton now have Emmy bookends, having won their second statuettes in music categories during Saturday night's 59th Creative Arts Primetime Emmy ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Beal won in the category of music for a miniseries, movie or special for his score for the "Battleground" episode of TNT's Nightmares & Dreamscapes, based on Stephen King stories. He previously won in 2003 for his original theme music for the USA series Monk.
Fenton won the Emmy for music composition for a series for his score for the "Pole to Pole" installment of Discovery's Planet Earth documentary series. He previously won in 2002 for his music for its precedessor documentary, Blue Planet.
The other winners in music categories were all first-time nominees. William Ross received the Emmy for outstanding music direction as music director of the 79th Annual Academy Awards, which aired on ABC.
Canadian composer Trevor Morris won the main-title theme music Emmy for his theme for the Showtime series The Tudors.
And in the eyebrow-raising department, Justin Timberlake, comedian Andy Samberg and four co-writers (Jorma Taccone, Katreese Barnes, Asa Taccone and Akiva Schaffer) won the original-song Emmy for their music-video tune "Dick in a Box," which aired on Saturday Night Live last December.
As a BBC News story delicately put it, the song was "a sexually explicit spoof music video...about wrapping a part of the male anatomy and presenting it as a Christmas gift."
A condensed version of the four-hour ceremony will air on cable's E! Entertainment Television Network at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Photos by Craig T. Mathews, courtesy ATAS
©2007 Jon Burlingame