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Big Night For HBO at Emmys With ‘Veep,’ ‘Thrones’.

Actor Tracy Morgan reveals his belly beside his wife, Megan Wollover, behind the Primetime Emmy Awards stage in Los Angeles, California, September 20, 2015.LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long-standing barriers fell at Sunday’s Emmy Awards as Viola Davis became the first non-white actress to claim top drama series acting honors, Jon Hamm finally won for “Mad Men,” and “Game of Thrones” overcame voters’ anti-fantasy resistance to snare the most trophies ever in a season. Other African-American actresses who prevailed Sunday were Uzo Aduba and Regina King, who won for supporting performances. “Mad Men” star Hamm claimed the best drama actor Emmy that eluded him seven times before.

At the Emmys official after party, the Governors Ball, winner Amy Schumer made a beeline for the trophy engraving table, where she had her statuette personalized. It also provided a potent marketing hook as the Time Warner Inc. division recruits new customers for its stand-alone streaming service, HBO Now. “Awards are more important than ever before,” said Larry Gerbrandt, a longtime media analyst. “HBO has walked into what’s going to be a battle of the titans — against Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Google and Apple — and these awards remind people that quality does make a difference.” HBO more than doubled its prize total from last year, when the network was nearly shut out in the top Emmy categories when AMC’s “Breaking Bad” was savoring the acclaim of its final season and the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” remained a viewer favorite. He bypassed the steps to the stage, scrambling onto it on his stomach. “There has been a terrible mistake, clearly,” said Hamm, who played troubled ad man Don Draper in the series that ended its run without adding another best-drama trophy to its haul of four previous wins. The network easily surpassed its total from 2004, when it captured 32 Emmys on the strength of “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “Angels in America.” In fact, HBO collected more Emmy Awards than the next five programming services combined.

The blood-soaked fantasy saga won a combined 12 Emmys on Sunday and at the previous creative arts awards, eclipsing the nine-awards record set by “The West Wing” in 2000. Between 1990 and 2009, movies that won the award for Best Picture immediately saw an increase in box office receipts, to the tune of $14 million on average.

Streaming service leaders, which fielded the critical darling “Transparent,” won five Emmys, while Netflix mustered just four. “Once in a while, the stars align and beautiful things happen … and that’s what happened,” HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said during the after-party, where attendees danced to Shakira cover songs and dined on cuisine provided by Wolfgang Puck, including roasted bass, New York steak, baby artichokes, brown butter beets and pickled wild mushroom succotash. “We’ve sat through many of these nights where we’ve had a lot of nominations and don’t leave on top of the world,” Lombardo said, “So I am enjoying this night and realizing it’s an amazing moment.” At a time when there are an estimated 400 scripted series crowding television schedules this year, even deep-pocketed and prestigious networks such as HBO have found it increasingly difficult to stand out. Davis won for her portrayal of a lawyer and professor in the ABC freshman drama “How to Get Away With Murder.” She invoked the words and spirit of 19th-century American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in accepting the award. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” “Empire” star Taraji P.

While there are “Daily Show” episodes from this summer that could be eligible for Emmy consideration next year, Stewart said he would not be submitting any further episodes from his tenure. In 2013, writer Don Kaplan wrote in the New York Daily News that the financial effect of winning an Emmy is noticeably less spectacular than that associated with an Oscar win, simply because of the long-term nature of the negotiations. “TV deals usually span several years,” he wrote. “In the movie business, actors, producers and directors are more like mercenaries, constantly on the hunt for a new deal — and an Oscar unquestionably helps command higher paychecks.” Emmy victories have put the names of new shows in front of a public that may not have been aware of their existence previously.

In April, it began offering the stand-alone $14.99-a-month HBO Now streaming service with the hope of capturing new viewers in the 10 million homes in the U.S. without a pay-TV subscription. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel cut up and ate the name of the winner of outstanding actor in a comedy series category, joking he could give it to anyone before announcing the winner as Jeffrey Tambor. When I finally regained consciousness, I was just ecstatic to learn that I wasn’t the one who messed up.” Samberg was a witty host, with an on-point opening montage that touched on the latest worry among television executives: that there are just too many shows out there for people to keep track of. Besides Colbert, who left his Comedy Central show to become host of CBS’ late-night show, the tough competition included another channel alum, John Oliver, for his HBO series.

The opening skit had him going into a bunker for a year to watch all the shows he’d missed, emerging with long hair and a beard. “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart won the Emmy for best variety show, beating two other comedy hosts who ended long-running programs the year — Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert and CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman. Although the awards were for editing, casting and other awards given out ahead of time, Netflix still saw a short-lived jump in its stock, and certainly the recognition has helped it attract more talent. That means these services must spend more money on programming as they continue to develop a deep bench of quality shows to differentiate their services from competitors.

In 2014, the Home Box Office business segment, which includes HBO channels and Cinemax, recorded revenue of $5.4 billion (19% of Time Warner’s total revenue) and operating income of $1.8 billion. Supporting comedy actress winner Allison Janney brought an unexpected friend with her to field questions from reporters backstage at the Emmys: lead comedy actress winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus. This is the first applause I’ve heard,” he said. “It is a barren wasteland out there.” “Veep” claimed the top comedy award that ABC’s “Modern Family” had won for five straight years.

Jill Soloway, who based the series on the life of her own “moppa,” as she calls her parent, used her directing trophy acceptance speech to ask for equal rights for transgender individuals. “It is legal in the majority of U.S. states to refuse to rent to trans people,” she said, saying the country has a civil rights problem that must be addressed. With arms linked, the “Mom” and “Veep” stars spoke about their wins, the discomfort of posing for photos on the red carpet, and the time Louis-Dreyfus met Mary Tyler Moore during a photo shoot and started to bawl uncontrollably in her presence. She read a line she attributed to her show’s writers about how it must be an honor to honor her, then said it had actually been said by GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. “Transparent” captured a best comedy actor award for Jeffrey Tambor and a directing award for creator Jill Soloway, giving both winners a chance to pay tribute to the show’s transgender themes.

Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst for the Rentrak Corporation, meanwhile, said the service would be best served by building its library and its reputation.”If you’re a fledgling content provider, you have to grab onto any kind of positive press about your content that you can,” he said. “You need to grab onto that and create a cumulative body of work that is reflective of some of the best content around or represents some of the best content available.” It’s tempting to assume that an actor who becomes an Emmy-winning actor now has carte blanche to earn a higher salary. But actors who have taken the award home — even those who have taken home more than one — have said that an Emmy victory offers few actual guarantees. “Sometimes you can demand more money and get bigger roles, but it depends,” said actor and multiple Emmy-winner Hank Azaria. “I’ve won four, and they’ve all done different things… It’s lovely on the night, and it’s nice to be acknowledged, but beyond that I think it’s a mistake to think it’s going to change your career in some of kind of a big way.” Jean Smart, who won two Emmys for her work on the sitcom “Frasier,” said that for an actor, the award could actually carry a downside. Allison Janney of “Mom” and Tony Hale of “Veep” were repeat winners for supporting comedy acting honors. “Olive Kitteridge,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, nearly swept the limited series categories, with six trophies including the top award and lead acting honors for Frances McDormand and Richard Jenkins and a supporting award for Bill Murray. “The Voice” won a best reality series trophy, breaking the hold that “The Amazing Race” long had on the category and snaring an award that always eluded “American Idol.” “So many shows, so little time,” he sang, before entering a “TV viewing bunker” to binge-view on all the nominated shows.

HBO dominated the Emmys with 43 awards, followed by NBC with 12, Comedy Central and FX Networks with eight awards each, ABC with six and Amazon with five. Each adult member of the show’s ensemble cast saw their pay increase by almost 300 percent, from $55,000-$65,000 per episode to $150,000-$175,000 per episode. Now that the broadcast has faded into history, the “Outstanding Comedy Series” Emmy takes its place of honor on Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ mantelpiece.

He also noted that the pay network has said it isn’t concerned about paying customers sharing their passwords. “The Voice” producer Mark Burnett and host Carson Daly snapped selfies with their new statuettes after the show won the outstanding reality competition. Tambor plays Maura — formerly Mort — Pfefferman, a transgender character of Amazon’s “Transparent.” He dedicated his Emmy to the transgender community, thanking them for their patience, courage and inspiration.

Blackwell, a British writer, joked, “We’d also like to thank HBO for letting us come over here and make fun of American politics and make American money.” The actress won her seventh career Emmy Sunday for playing the title role in the CBS comedy “Mom.” Despite the show’s title, she’s a supporting actress to series star Anna Faris, playing dysfunctional Bonnie Plunkett. The men are faring little better, with Pablo Schreiber fanning himself with his hands and Jonathan Banks ditching his tuxedo jacket and telling fans, “You know how stupid we all are to be out in this!”

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