"Target Presents 'Tony Bennett: An American Classic'" Leads The Pack With Most Emmy Wins - Seven In All - At 59th Annual Emmy Awards

Legendary Performer's NBC Television Special Brings Home Three Primetime Emmy Awards In Addition To Four Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards for 2006-2007


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded "Target Presents 'Tony Bennett: An American Classic'" three Primetime Emmy trophies on the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards program last night (Sunday, September 16), originating from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, bringing the special's total number of Emmy Awards up to seven.

On September 8, the Academy awarded Tony's television special four Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards.

With three Primetime Emmys and four Creative Arts Primetime Emmys, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" emerged with the greatest number of wins of any television program at the 59th Annual Emmy Awards.

Tony Bennett made his first appearance on the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards television broadcast performing one of his signature tunes, "Steppin' Out," with Christina Aguilera. The performance was followed by an Emmy being presented to director Rob Marshall for his work on "Tony Bennett: An American Classic." Earlier this year, Marshall and "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" took home the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety for 2006 at the 59th Annual DGA Awards ceremony.

Steve Carell presented the Emmy for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, to "Tony Bennett: An American Classic." Tony Bennett's son Danny, one of the special's executive producers, said, "My original intention was to create a show that would be a tremendous docu-musical to really chronicle this man's tremendous legacy; also, a gift from me to him on his eightieth birthday. But really, how it ended up, is it was a gift to me from him and everyone who is part of this show."

After winning his Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for "Tony Bennett: An American Classic," Tony Bennett thanked Target, which presented the production, and his sons, Danny and Dae, each of whom earned an Emmy for their work on the special.

A multiple Grammy Award winner, Tony Bennett won an Emmy Award in 1996 in the Outstanding Performance - Variety or Music Program category for his groundbreaking special, "Tony Bennett Live By Request: A Valentine Special."

Projects on board for Bennett later this month include:

- September 25th release of the Legacy Recordings CD, "TONY BENNETT SINGS THE ULTIMATE AMERICAN SONGBOOK, Vol. 1" featuring 15 tracks personally hand- picked by Tony as examples of the finest songs from the Great American Songbook. A new edition of Tony's beloved "SNOWFALL" holiday CD will also be released that day in a deluxe package featuring a bonus DVD.

- September 25th release of Clint Eastwood's documentary on Tony as Netflix rental and DVD purchase exclusively at Target.

- October 1st release of "TONY BENNETT IN THE STUDIO: A LIFE OF ART AND MUSIC," a new art book of Tony's paintings, published by Sterling. This beautifully produced book, showcasing more than 200 images of Bennett artwork, includes a foreword by author Mitch Albom and a preface by former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo.

  Tony Bennett: An American Classic - 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

  Outstanding Directing For A Variety, Music Or Comedy Program
  Rob Marshall - "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
  "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  Danny Bennett, Executive Producer
  Jodi Hurwitz, Producer
  John DeLuca, Executive Producer
  Rob Marshall, Executive Producer

  Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety of Music Program
  Tony Bennett - "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  Tony Bennett: An American Classic - 59th Annual Creative Arts Primetime
  Emmy Awards

  Outstanding Costumes For A Variety/Music Program Or A Special
  "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  Colleen Atwood, Costume Designer
  Kendall Errair, Wardrobe Supervisor

  Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming
  "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  John Myhre, Production Designer
  Tomas Voth, Art Director
  Barbara Cassel, Set Decorator

  Outstanding Choreography
  "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  Rob Marshall, Choreographer
  John DeLuca, Choreographer

  Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special
  "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" (NBC)

  Dae Bennett, Recorded & Mixed By
  Sue Pelino, Re-Recording Mixer
  Christopher Koch, Re-Recording Mixer

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