September 19, 2013
Lunn, Danna, McCreary Win Music Emmys
Tony Awards also nab honors by Jon Burlingame
LOS ANGELES—Music from Downton Abbey, World Without End, Da Vinci's Demons and the 66th Annual Tony Awards was honored at the annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards at LA Live's Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Composer John Lunn, who flew in from England, collected his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series, for the finale of Season 3 of Downton Abbey on PBS's Masterpiece.
Canadian-born composer Mychael Danna – who won the Oscar earlier this year for his music for Life of Pi – won his first Emmy in the category of Outstanding Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or Special, for the Ken Follett miniseries World Without End, which aired on the Reelz Channel.
Also winning his first Emmy was composer Bear McCreary, in the category of Main Title Theme Music, for the Starz historical fantasy series Da Vinci's Demons. McCreary moves back to network TV next week with music for ABC's highly anticipated Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The 66th Annual Tony Awards, which aired on CBS, received two music Emmys: New York-based musical director Elliot Lawrence won his fourth Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction, and songwriters Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum shared the Emmy for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for their closing song "If I Had Time," sung by Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris.
Schlesinger and Javerbaum won last year's songwriting Emmy, also for a tune written for the Tonys.
People in the music field recognized during the In Memoriam photo tribute included composer Frank Comstock (Adam-12), singer Andy Williams, songwriter Billy Barnes (Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In), music executive Robert Linden and noise-reduction system inventor Ray Dolby.
The Emmys were presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Winners in the five music categories are usually presented at these "craft" honors a week before the televised show.
An edited version of the four-hour show will air at 9 p.m. Saturday on the new cable channel FXX. The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Sunday night on CBS (with Neil Patrick Harris hosting).
©2013 Jon Burlingame