Story posted September 22, 2008
John Adams, the seven-part HBO miniseries about the life of the second U.S. president and whose production was overseen by HBO Films executive Kary Antholis '84, won a total of 13 awards at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards — a record for a miniseries.
The historical drama brought home prizes for best miniseries, and in the miniseries or movie category, best actor for Paul Giamatti, best actress for Laura Linney, best supporting actor for Tom Wilkinson and best writing for Kirk Ellis.
In the miniseries or movie creative arts categories, John Adams won for art direction, casting, cinematography, costumes, prosthetic makeup, sound editing, sound mixing and special visual effects.
Antholis, who is HBO Films vice president, miniseries, was the executive in charge of the production of John Adams. He and David McCullough, upon whose Pulitzer Prize-winning biography the miniseries was based, came to Bowdoin in March 2008 for a debut screening in Pickard Theater.