September 22, 2013

Dancing with the Stars‘ Derek Hough Wins the 2013 Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Choreography

First Choreography Win for the Program

Los Angeles, CA – BBC Worldwide Productions’ ratings juggernaut, Dancing with the Stars has won its first Emmy® Award for Outstanding Choreography at The Primetime Emmy® Awards ceremony.

Derek Hough, DWTS’ professional dancer, was honored with the Emmy® for his work on the program.  This is Hough’s first Emmy® win and the first Outstanding Choreography win for the show.  Hough was honored with two Emmy® nominations this year.

Jane Tranter, Head of BBC Worldwide Productions commented, “We couldn’t be more proud to see Derek Hough take this honor for DWTS for the first time.  He has always pushed the limits of choreography to the next level for the show.  We are amazed by his talent, loyalty and determination and are so happy that the Television Academy recognizes this too.  We congratulate and thank him.”

Conrad Green, Executive Producer of Dancing with the Stars commented, “What an incredible night!  We’re delighted that the Academy has recognized the outstanding work of Derek Hough who has set a new standard in choreography over the last 5 years.  The imagination and skill of all our dancers are at the creative core of the show and what they achieve with complete amateurs never ceases to amaze us. We’re very proud tonight.”

Dancing with the Stars is the U.S. version of the BBC’s international smash hit series, Strictly Come Dancing, where celebrities are paired with professional ballroom dance instructors and compete for a coveted Mirrorball trophy. Dancing with the Stars is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for ABC.  The fan-favorite has garnered 64 Emmy® nominations and 11 wins since its inception, breaking the Emmy® record in 2009, 2012 and 2013 for the most nominations for a non-fiction program in a single award year. DWTS has also been honored with various main program awards including the GLAAD Media Award, NAACP Award, Realscreen Award, Imagen Award, and two People’s Choice Awards. Veteran host, Tom Bergeron has also been honored with two Critics Choice Awards in addition to taking home the 64th Primetime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Host. Dancing with the Stars is currently in its 17th season on The ABC Television Network.