LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today that WGN America's critically acclaimed drama "Manhattan," created by Sam Shaw and directed by Emmy Award-winning director Thomas Schlamme, has been honored with a 67th Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design. This marks the first Emmy nomination ever received for original programming on WGN America, since the new cable network transformed to become a home for high-quality original programming last year. The main title, produced by Imaginary Forces' Dan Gregoras, Jeremy Cox, Jon Hassell and Griffin Frazen, recently won the 2015 SXSW Jury Award for Excellence in Main Title Design.
"Tommy and I are so thrilled that the Academy has recognized our friends at Imaginary Forces for their brilliant work on 'Manhattan's' main title," said Shaw. "Dan Gregoras, Jeremy Cox, Jon Hassell and their team somehow managed to pack all the fear, hope and strangeness of the atomic age into 30 seconds. The design captures the scope and spirit of our show beautifully."
"Everyone at WGN America thanks the Academy for this recognition, in this our first year in the scripted arena, and we extend our sincere congratulations to Imaginary Forces and our brilliant creative team in Sam Shaw and Tommy Schlamme on this Emmy nomination," said Matt Cherniss, President and General Manager, WGN America and Tribune Studios.
Produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios, "Manhattan," hailed as "immediately impressive" by the Wall Street Journal and "absolutely stellar" by Entertainment Weekly, follows the tangled lives of the residents of Los Alamos, New Mexico as they race to detonate the world's first nuclear bomb. "Manhattan" returns for its second season on Tuesday, October 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT, exclusively on WGN America.
Filmed on location in Santa Fe, NM, "Manhattan" stars Emmy®-nominated actor John Benjamin Hickey ("The Big C," "The Good Wife") as Frank Winter; Olivia Williams ("Rushmore," "The Ghost Writer") as Liza Winter; Ashley Zukerman ("Rush") as Charlie Isaacs; Rachel Brosnahan ("House of Cards") as Abby Isaacs; Katja Herbers ("De Storm") as Helen Prins; Christopher Denham ("Argo," "Shutter Island") as Jim Meeks; Harry Lloyd ("Game of Thrones") as Paul Crosley; and Michael Chernus ("The Big C," "Orange Is The New Black") as Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz. Joining the series in season two are William Petersen as Col. Emmett Darrow ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"); Mamie Gummer ("The Good Wife") as Nora; and Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor/director/producer Griffin Dunne ("Dallas Buyers Club," "After Hours") as Woodrow Lorentzen.
"Manhattan" is executive produced by Sam Shaw, Thomas Schlamme, Dustin Thomason, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
The "Manhattan" main title sequence can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/102685630.
To download season two artwork in high-res: http://bit.ly/1e35ggW
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About WGN America and Tribune Studios
WGN America, the flagship entertainment network of Tribune Media Company (NYSE :TRCO ), is nationally distributed in 73 million homes via cable, satellite and telco, with entertainment programming including the original, scripted series "Salem," "Manhattan," "Underground," "Outsiders" and "Ten Commandments," along with first-run syndicated series, blockbuster movies and live sports. Through Tribune Studios, the creative development arm of Tribune Media, original content is produced for WGN America and Tribune local stations nationwide. Follow the network on Twitter @wgnamerica. For additional information, please visit www.wgnamerica.com.
About Lionsgate Television
Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men and Nurse Jackie, , the broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit series Orange is the New Black, the critically-acclaimed drama Manhattan and the breakout series The Royals. .
Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create elevated, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across platforms, including feature film, television, gaming and digital. Among Skydance's blockbuster and award-winning feature film successes are True Grit, Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, GI JOE - Retaliation, Jack Reacher, World War Z and Terminator Genisys. Skydance's upcoming film slate features Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation in 2015 and Geostorm, Star Trek 3 and Jack Reacher 2 in 2016. Skydance Television's original scripted series include the critically acclaimed Manhattan on WGN and Grace and Frankie on Netflix.
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