Inside the Hottest Emmy After-Parties: Governors Ball, HBO, Fox and More

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So did George R.R. LOS ANGELES (AP) — HBO was on fire at the Emmys with a record 14 wins Sunday night, and the network’s stars appropriately celebrated at a flame-filled after-party following the ceremony. “Veep” co-stars and Emmy champs Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale posed for photos — including selfies — underneath a mammoth rotating fire sculpture erected outside the Pacific Design Center.If the Emmy Awards on Sunday night did anything, they clearly cemented HBO’s dominant position in the industry when it comes to creating powerful TV content: The network took home 43 statuettes for shows like Game of Thrones, which set a record for the most Emmys ever awarded in one year, with 12.

Martin, whose novels are the wellspring for the fondly nicknamed “GOT” and who turned 67 Sunday — the same age as the prime-time Emmys, but likely more venerated for his years. After being denied Emmys’ top prize for years, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss celebrated winning Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama at HBO’s post-show party. “It’s such a surreal experience,” Benioff said. “Dan [Weiss] and I have been [working on the show] eight years now, back to that first meeting with George [R.R. —Impressive record set by “Game of Thrones”: One, with its 12 awards topping the single-season record of nine trophies set by “The West Wing” in 2000.

Louis-Dreyfus later clapped along as the event’s Latin-flavored house band covered the Buster Poindexter rendition of “Hot Hot Hot” while partygoers noshed on dishes like corn tortellini and beet and quinoa salad. At the same time, however, both of these industry players should be paying close attention to the performance of a newcomer on the field — namely, Amazon AMZN 1.50% , which won for its series Transparent. To have George sitting right in front of us, to have it happen on his birthday, to break the record for most Emmys … the whole night’s been surreal and so much more than we expected or could have hoped for. On the other side of the fiery event, “Game of Thrones” cast and crew such as Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie and Sophie Turner celebrated their fantasy show’s four wins Sunday after earlier winning eight statuettes at the creative arts Emmys. As the TV landscape continues to shift and buckle, it creates opportunities for new entrants, and Amazon has shown that it could be a powerful contender.

It’s just really, really fun.” We asked Benioff about how it felt specifically to win for season 5, whose bold storylines drew more controversy than previous seasons. “We never set out to offend anyone,” he said. “To try to offend anyone would be juvenile, but to be afraid to offend people would be cowardly. Netflix NFLX -2.26% has probably already taken note of the online retailer as potential competition, since Amazon took home five Emmy awards and Netflix only got four. Other nominees holding court underneath the party’s blazing centerpiece included “Girls” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Adam Driver and “The Newsroom” leading man Jeff Daniels. And if you look at the results on an award-per-nomination basis, Amazon did even better: The company got 12 nominations and won five of them, while Netflix got 34 nominations and only won four.

Later in the evening, Emmy winner Hale joined his “Veep” co-star Anna Chlumsky on the party’s dance floor, where the pair grooved to a DJ spinning dance tunes alongside bongo players. “Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch briefly boogied nearby before returning to hang out with his cast mates. This means a lot, it’s a very nice feeling.” Benioff and Weiss partied with fellow winner Peter Dinklage, who received his second prize for best supporting actor, and several other members of the cast – including Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Pedro Pascal, John Bradley, and Gwendoline Christie.

Other attendees at the HBO after-party included Alan Cumming, Billy Eichner, James Corden, Derek Hough, Kate McKinnon and Viola Davis, who chatted at a table with Niecy Nash late into the night as Davis’ new Emmy stood guard. The TV industry is also notoriously hit-driven, and so the fact that Amazon got a good reception for its Transparent series doesn’t necessarily mean it’s suddenly going to become a Netflix or HBO killer. Critics dismissed its line-up of new TV series pitches as weak, and sceptics argued that it wouldn’t be able to compete no matter how many millions founder Jeff Bezos threw at the industry.

What’s interesting is that many of the same things were said about Netflix when it first started producing original content like House of Cards and even Orange Is the New Black. And yet, those shows and others have found a huge audience — primarily among younger TV watchers who have given up on cable and are looking for something else that interests them. We are not in the solid outcome business.” Amazon has a number of other potentially high-profile projects in the works, including the popular Top Gear show it rescued after the BBC cut the show off, and a deal with film-maker Woody Allen.

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