July 16, 2009

Dancing With The Stars Tops 61st Primetime Emmy Award Reality Nominations

BBC Worldwide Productions’ Reality-Competition Program Receives 10 Nominations

Makes Emmy® History with Most Nominations in a Single Award Year, Nonfiction Program

North Hollywood, CA – BBC Worldwide Productions Dancing with the Stars, received 10 61st Primetime Emmy Award nominations – more than any other reality show, it was announced today by the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. This is the fourth consecutive year that the show has received a nomination for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.

Additionally, Dancing with the Stars’ host and veteran television personality, Tom Bergeron, was nominated in the Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program category for the second year in a row.

Dancing with the Stars also received nominations in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Choreography
  • Outstanding Music Direction
  • Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
  • Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) For Variety, Music Or Comedy


  • Outstanding Short Form Picture Editing
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special
  • Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series

“We are extremely proud of Dancing with the Stars and everyone involved in the production,” said Jane Tranter, Executive Vice President, BBC Worldwide Productions. “It is a great honor to be acknowledged by the Television Academy in each of these categories.”

“We have a fantastic team of talented professionals on Dancing with the Stars, all of whom own a piece of these nominations,” said Conrad Green, Executive Producer, Dancing with the Stars. “We thank the Academy for again recognizing us as a contender and congratulate our fellow nominees.”

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 mirror ball trophy. The teams are judged, critiqued and scored by a panel of dance experts – renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman, and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris host.   Dancing with the Stars is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for ABC. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski is director.

Dancing with the Stars will enter its ninth season on ABC September 21, 2009.