LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 14: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, Bob Eisenhardt, and Clair Popkin of ëFree Soloí at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupLOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 14: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin pose with the Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program Award for ‘Free Solo’ at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live on September 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup
Out of 15 total nominations, National Geographic walked away with eight Primetime Emmy awards.
National Geographic had the fourth most Emmy wins overall of all platforms— behind HBO, Netflix and Prime— and Nat Geo was the number one network of all ad-supported networks.
"Free Solo" led the way by sweeping all seven categories it was nominated in, bringing home awards for directing, cinematography, picture editing, music composition, sound mixing, sound editing, and interactive media.
This year, "Free Solo" ranked fourth overall for the program with the most wins, and it is now the most Emmy-winning documentary in history.
For two consecutive years, we have dominated the cinematography categories [at the Creative Arts Emmys] which is a true testament to our visually spectacular storytelling. I want to extend my profound thanks to everyone for contributing to these incredible results and for your ongoing commitment to excellence.
Courteney Monroe, President of Global Television Networks National Geographic, In a congratulatory email to staff
"Life Below Zero" also brought home gold, winning for cinematography for a reality program, the second straight win in that category for the series, third cinematography win overall, and fourth Emmy win overall.
Following Sunday’s Primetime Emmy telecast, National Geographic joined its sister networks and studios for the first-ever Walt Disney Television Emmy after-party at Otium in Los Angeles where talent from across the portfolio feted the year’s winners, and celebrated the end of a long awards season.