Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Awarded for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1998
Currently held by The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling (2018)
Website emmys.com

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special is handed out annually at the Creative Arts Emmy Award ceremony. The category was called Outstanding Nonfiction Special prior to 2013 and Outstanding Informational Special before 1998.

Winners and nominations[edit]

1990s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
1998
(50th)
Vietnam POWs: A Story of Survival Bob Reid, executive producer; Jacinda A. Davis, coordinating producer; Brian Leonard, producer/director/writer Discovery
Dead Blue: Surviving Depression Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, supervising producer; John Parsons Peditto, Sara M. Chereskin and Blanka Nedela, producers; Eames Yeates, director HBO
Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes (American Masters) Susan Lacy, executive producer; Susan Steinberg, producer/director; Tamar Hacker, senior producer PBS
4 Little Girls Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Spike Lee, producer/director; Samuel D. Pollard, producer; Jacqueline Glover, coordinating producer; Daphne McWilliams, line producer HBO
Wolves at Our Door Gaynelle Evans, executive producer; Jim Dutcher, producer; Mose Richards, writer Discovery
1999
(51st)
Thug Life in D.C. Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, supervising producer; Marc Levin, producer/director; Daphne Pinkerson, producer HBO
Avalanche: The White Death Barry Nye, producer/director; Nicolas Noxon, producer; Steven Reich, writer NBC
Dying to Tell the Story Kathy Eldon, executive producer; Jacoba Atlas, supervising producer; Kyra Thompson, producer/writer/director; Victoria Waldock, producer TBS
The Farm: Angola, USA Michael Cascio, executive producer; Gayle Gilman, supervising producer; Jonathan Stack and Liz Garbus, producers A&E
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Anthony Stanislas Radziwill, executive producer; Robert B. Weide, producer/director/writer HBO
Little Dieter Needs to Fly Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, supervising producer; Werner Herzog, producer/writer/director; Lucki Stipetić and Andre Singer, producers Cinemax

2000s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
2000
(52nd)
[1]
Children in War Sheila Nevins, executive producer; John Hoffman, supervising producer; Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond, producers/writers/directors HBO
American Hollow Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Jacqueline Glover, supervising producer; Rory Kennedy, producer/director HBO
Cancer: Evolution to Revolution Anthony Stanislas Radziwill, Kenneth Paul Rosenberg and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; John Hoffman, supervising producer; Joseph F. Lovett, producer/writer/director
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, supervising producer; Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, producers/directors
Raising the Mammoth Maurice Paleau, executive producer; Adrienne Ciuffo, producer/writer; Jean-Charles Deniau, director Discovery
2001
(53rd)
[2]
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy (American Experience) Margaret Drain, executive producer; Mark Samels, supervising producer; Barak Goodman, producer/director/writer; Daniel Anker, producer/co-director PBS
Dwarfs: Not a Fairy Tale Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, supervising producer; Lisa Abelow Hedley and Bonnie Strauss, producers/directors HBO
Egypt Beyond the Pyramids Nancy Dubuc, Craig Haffner and Donna E. Lusitana, executive producers; Raymond Bridgers, supervising producer; David de Vries, producer/director/writer; Peter Woodward, host History
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks Craig Laurence Rice, executive producer/director; Cecil Cox and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Jacqueline Glover and Lisa Heller, supervising producers; St. Clair Bourne and Denzel Washington, producers; Lou Potter, writer HBO
Living Dolls: The Making of a Child Beauty Queen Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraha, supervising producer; Shari Cookson, producer/director/writer; Linda Otto and Jean Guest, producers
2002
(54th)
[3]
9/11 Jules Naudet, Gédéon Naudet and James Hanlon, executive producers/directors; Susan Zirinsky, Graydon Carter and David Friend, executive producers; Hal Gessner, supervising producer; Tom Forman, senior producer/writer; Richard Barber, Michael Maloy, Bruce Spiegel, Mead Stone and Paul Larossa, producers; Rob Klug, director; Greg Kandra, writer CBS
The Human Face with John Cleese Michael Mosley, Nicholas Rossiter and Nancy Lavin, executive producers; Sally George and Sharon Gillooly, producers; James Erskine and David Stewart, producers/directors; John Cleese, writer/host TLC
In Memoriam: New York City Jon Liebman and Peter W. Kunhardt, executive producers; Dyllan McGee, supervising producer; Lisa Heller, senior producer; John Hoffman, Sheila Nevins and Brad Grey, producers HBO
Inside the Actors Studio: 100th Guest Special James Lipton, executive producer/writer/host; Christian Barcellos and Frances Berwick, executive producers for Bravo; Michael Kostel and John Servidio, producers; Jeff Wurtz, director Bravo
We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, executive producers; Gary Goetzman and Tony To, co-executive producers; Mark Cowen, producer/director; William Richter, producer/writer HBO
2003
(55th)
[4]
Benjamin Franklin Catherine Allan, executive producer; Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer, producers PBS
Christopher Reeve: Courageous Steps Rudy Bednar and Alastair Waddington, executive producers; Stuart Watts and Ian A. Hunt, producers; Christopher Reeve, narrator ABC
The Day the Towers Fell Lou Reda, executive producer; Dolores Gavin, supervising producer; Sammy Jackson, producer History
Journeys with George Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Julie Anderson, supervising producer; Alexandra Pelosi, producer HBO
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Sheila Nevins and Donna Brown Guillaume, executive producers; Lisa Heller, senior producer; Jacqueline Glover and Thomas Lennon, producers
2004
(56th)
[5]
The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's Naomi S. Boak, executive producer; Elizabeth Arledge, producer PBS
AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains Gary Smith and Dann Netter, executive producers; Frederick S. Pierce, executive producer for AFI; Bob Gazzale, producer CBS
Born Rich Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Dirk Wittenborn, produced by; Jamie Johnson, producer HBO
A Decade Under the Influence Alison Palmer Bourke, Caroline Kaplan and Jonathan Sehring, executive producers; Gini Reticker, Jerry Kupfer, Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme, producers IFC
Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor Jocelyn Hough, executive producer; William H. Isler and Robert F. Petrilli, co-executive producers; Margaret Whitmer, Joseph J. Kennedy IV and Rick Sebak, producers; Michael Keaton, host PBS
2005
(57th)
[6]
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson David Schaye, Paul Barnes and Ken Burns, producers PBS
Beyond the Da Vinci Code Margaret Kim, Robb Weller, Gary Grossman and Steve Lange, executive producers; Thomas Quinn, supervising producer; Rob Blumenstein, producer History
Cary Grant: A Class Apart Tom Brown, executive producer for TCM; Roger Mayer and George Feltenstein, executive producers for Turner; Melissa Roller, supervising producer for TCM; Robert Trachtenberg, producer TCM
Inside the Actors Studio: 10th Anniversary Special James Lipton , executive producer/host; Frances Berwick and Christian Barcellos, executive producers for Bravo; Alice Siess, producer Bravo
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live Ken Aymong and Rachel Talbot, supervising producers; Kenneth Bowser, produced by NBC
2006
(58th)
[7]
Rome: Engineering an Empire Dolores Gavin, Vincent Kralyevich, Bill Hunt and Kristine Sabat, executive producers; Christopher Cassel, producer History
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise Sheila Nevins, Kelli O'Donnell and Rosie O'Donnell, executive producers; John Hoffman, producer; Shari Cookson, produced by HBO
How William Shatner Changed the World Susan Werbe, Alan Handel and Malcolm Clark, executive producers History
Inside 9/11 Jonathan Towers and Michael Cascio, executive producers; Nicole Rittenmeyer and Colette Beaudry, supervising producers; Bernard Dudek, Rachel Milton, Lance Hori and Alex Flaster, producers Nat Geo
Stardust: The Bette Davis Story Tom Brown, George Feltenstein and Roger Mayer, executive producers; Brian Tessier and Melissa Roller, supervising producers; Peter Jones, producer TCM
2007
(59th)
[8]
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib Diana Barrett and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Nancy Abraham, senior producer; Rory Kennedy, Liz Garbus and Jack Youngelson, producers HBO
AFI's 100 Years…100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies Gary Smith, executive producer; Frederick S. Pierce, executive producer for AFI; Dann Netter and Bob Gazzale, producers CBS
Blood Diamonds Margaret Kim and Bill Brummel, executive producers; June Molgaard, producer History
Brando Tom Brown, executive producer; Melissa Roller, supervising producer; Leslie Greif, Mimi Freedman and Joanne Rubino, producers TCM
Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed Kevin Burns, executive producer; Beth Dietrich, executive producer for History; Jim Ward and Tom Warner, executive producers for Lucasfilm; Kim Sheerin and Scott Hartford, co-executive producers; Steven Smith and David Comtois, producers History
2008
(60th)
[9]
Autism: The Musical Jonathan Murray, Janet Grillo and Kristen Stills, executive producers; Nancy Abraham, senior producer; Perrin Chiles, Tricia Regan and Sasha Alpert, producers HBO
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) Gary Smith, executive producer; Frederick S. Pierce, executive producer for AFI; Dann Netter and Bob Gazzale, producers CBS
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq Sheila Nevins and James Gandolfini, executive producers; Alexandra E. Ryan, co-executive producer; Sara Bernstein, supervising producer; Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill, produced by NBC
Pioneers of Television: "Late Night: Johnny, Jack, Steve, and Merv" Steve Boettcher and Mike Trinklein, producers PBS
The Pixar Story Leslie Iwerks, producer Starz
2009
(61st)
[10]
102 Minutes That Changed America Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel and Susan Werbe, executive producers; Nicole Rittenmeyer, producer History
The Alzheimer's Project: Momentum in Science Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver, executive producers; John Hoffman, series producer/produced by; Susan Froemke, produced by HBO
Farrah's Story Farrah Fawcett and Craig J. Nevius, executive producers; Alexandra Gleysteen, executive producer for NBC; Robert Dean, producer for NBC; Alana Stewart, produced by NBC
Michael J. Fox: Adventures of an Incurable Optimist Michael J. Fox, Nelle Fortenberry and Rudy Bednar, executive producers; Ann Reynolds, senior producer; Mary Hanan, producer ABC
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Steven Soderbergh and Randy Wooten, executive producers; Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Lila Yacoub and Marina Zenovich, produced by HBO

2010s[edit]

Year Program Producers Network
2010
(62nd)
[11]
Teddy: In His Own Words Dyllan McGee, executive producer; Jacqueline Glover, supervising producer; Peter W. Kunhardt and Sheila Nevins, produced by HBO
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story Max Burgos and John Gore, executive producers; James Goddard and Sarah Townsend, producers Epix
By the People: The Election of Barack Obama Amy Rice, Alicia Sams, Edward Norton, Stuart Blumberg and Bill Migliore, produced by HBO
Johnny Mercer: The Dream's on Me Clint Eastwood, executive producer; Bruce Ricker, produced by TCM
Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again Ken Aymong, supervising producer; Kenneth Bowser and Declan Baldwin, produced by NBC
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special – In 3-D! On Ice! Morgan Spurlock and Jeremy Chilnick, executive producers Fox
2011
(63rd)
[12]
Gettysburg Mary Lisio, Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, executive producers; Julian Hobbs, David McKillop and Mary Donahue, executive producer for History; Christopher G. Cowen, producer History
Becoming Chaz Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, produced by; Chaz Bono, producer OWN
His Way Steven Soderbergh and Audrey Rosenberg, executive producers; Graydon Carter, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, produced by HBO
Jaws: The Inside Story Thomas Moody and Peter Tarshis, executive producers for Bio; Kevin Bachar, executive producer for Pangolin Pictures; Amelia Hanibelsz, supervising producer; Georgia Manukas, producer Bio
Stand Up to Cancer Laura Ziskin and Pamela Oas Williams, executive producers; Michael B. Seligman, supervising producer ABC / CBS / NBC
2012
(64th)
[13]
George Harrison: Living in the Material World Margaret Bodde, executive producer; Emma Tillinger Koskoff, executive producer for Sikelia Productions; Blair Foster, supervising producer; Olivia Harrison, Nigel Sinclair and Martin Scorsese, produced by HBO
Bobby Fischer Against the World Sheila Nevins and Dan Cogan, executive producers; Liz Garbus, Stanley F. Buchthal, Rory Kennedy and Matthew Justus, producers; Nancy Abraham, senior producer HBO
Gloria: In Her Own Words Dyllan McGee, executive producer; Jacqueline Glover, supervising producer; Peter W. Kunhardt and Sheila Nevins, producers
Paul Simon's Graceland Journey: Under African Skies Molly Thompson, David McKillop, Robert DeBitetto and Eddie Simon, executive producers; Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes and, Joe Berlinger, producers A&E
6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park Arthur Bradford, executive producer; Jennifer Ollman, supervising producer Comedy Central
2013
(65th)
[14]
Manhunt: The Inside Story of the Hunt for Bin Laden Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, senior producer; John Battsek, Julie Goldman and Greg Barker, produced by HBO
All the President's Men Revisited Robert Redford, Andrew Lack, Laura Michalchyshyn, Nancy Daniels and Denise Contis, executive producers; Peter Schnall, producer Discovery
Crossfire Hurricane Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman, produced by HBO
Death and the Civil War (American Experience) Mark Samels, executive producer; Sharon Grimberg, senior producer; Ric Burns, Robin Espinola and Bonnie Lafave, produced by PBS
Ethel Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Nancy Abraham, senior producer; Rory Kennedy and Jack Youngelson, producers HBO
2014
(66th)
[15]
JFK (American Experience) Mark Samels, executive producer; Sharon Grimberg, senior producer; Susan Bellows, produced by PBS
Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' to Tell You Whoopi Goldberg and Tom Leonardis, executive producer/produced by; George Schlatter, executive producer HBO
Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert Sheila Nevins and Maria Shriver, executive producers; Nancy Abraham, senior producer; Sascha Weiss, producer; Shari Cookson and Nick Doob, produced by
Running from Crazy Erica Forstadt, Mariel Hemingway, Lisa Erspamer and Oprah Winfrey, executive producers; Barbara Kopple, executive producer/produced by; David Cassidy, produced by OWN
The Sixties: The Assassination of President Kennedy Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, executive producers; Christopher G. Cowen and Kirk Saduski, co-executive producers; Jonathan Buss and Stephen J. Morrison, producers CNN
The Square Jodie Evans, Lekha Singh, Sarah E. Johnson, Mike Lerner and Gavin Dougan, executive producers; Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, produced by Netflix
2015
(67th)
[16]
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief Chris Wilson and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Sara Bernstein, supervising producer; Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright and Kristen Vaurio, producers HBO
The Case Against 8 Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Sara Bernstein, supervising producer; Ben Cotner and Ryan White, produced by HBO
Cobain: Montage of Heck Frances Bean Cobain, David Byrnes, Lawrence Mestel and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Sara Bernstein, senior producer; Brett Morgen and Danielle Renfrew, produced by
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Frank Marshall, Blair Foster, Alex Gibney, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Charles Pignone, executive producers; Jeffrey Pollack, Erin Edeiken and Samuel D. Pollard, producers
Virunga Leonardo DiCaprio, Howard G. Buffett, Maxyne Franklin, Jess Search and Jon Drever, executive producers; Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara, producers Netflix
2016
(68th)
[17]
What Happened, Miss Simone? Sidney Beaumont, executive producer; Amy Hobby, Liz Garbus, Justin Wilkes and Jayson Jackson, producers Netflix
Becoming Mike Nichols Frank Rich, Jack O'Brien, Douglas McGrath and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Lisa Heller, supervising producer; Ellin Baumel, produced by HBO
Everything Is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted Graydon Carter, Annabelle Dunne and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Lisa Heller, supervising producer; Carly Hugo and Matt Parker, produced by
Listen to Me Marlon Andrew Ruhemann, executive producer; John Battsek, R. J. Cutler and George Chignell, produced by Showtime
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures Sheila Nevins, executive producer; Sara Bernstein, senior producer; Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Mona Card, produced by HBO
2017
(69th)
[18]
13th Angus Wall and Jason Sterman, executive producers; Spencer Averick, producer; Ava DuVernay and Howard Barish, produced by Netflix
Amanda Knox Mette Heide, executive producer/produced by; Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn and Stephen Robert Morse, produced by Netflix
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years Ron Howard, produced by Hulu
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later Tara Long, Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, John Singleton, Brad Abramson and Shelly Tatro, executive producers; One9 and Erik Parker, co-executive producers; Nora Donaghy, producer A&E
A House Divided (Vice Special Report) Shane Smith, Josh Tyrangiel, Jonah Kaplan and Tim Clancy, executive producers; Beverly Chase and David Schankula, supervising producers; Alex Chitty and Jane Kozlowski, produced by HBO
2018
(70th)
[19]
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling Judd Apatow and Sheila Nevins, executive producers; Joe Beshenkovsky, and Michael Bonfiglio, co-executive producers; Sara Bernstein and Josh Church, supervising producers; Sam Fishell and Amanda Glaze, producers HBO
Icarus Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan, David Fialkow and Jim Swartz, produced by Netflix
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, Nicole Montez and Tony Clifton, executive producers; Spike Jonze, Danny Gabai and Chris Smith, produced by
Mister Rogers: It's You I Like Ellen Doherty and Kevin Morrison, executive producers; JoAnn Young and John Paulson, produced by PBS
Spielberg Susan Lacy, Jessica Levin and Emma Pildes, produced by HBO

References[edit]

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