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“Game of Thrones” might have broken records with its staggering 32 Emmy nominations this morning, but it was hardly the only reason HBO Entertainment blew every other production studio out of the water.
HBO Entertainment received 137 Emmy nominations Tuesday morning, more than twice as many as any other studio. Scratch “Game of Thrones” off that list, and HBO Entertainment still dominated all of its competitors. In fact, the same holds true if you also ignore the Emmy nominations for the studio’s “Chernobyl” and “Barry,” which received a combined 36 Emmy nominations. HBO Entertainment’s monumental success can’t be pinned on just a few shows: The production studio is simply churning out a huge amount of well-received content.
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It turns out that owning the rights to seemingly every other brand on the planet increases your odds of winning big during awards season. Tuesday’s Emmy nominations were also kind to Disney Television Studios, the television production arm of The Walt Disney Company. Disney Television Studios received an impressive 58 Emmy nominations this morning, the second most of any studio. Disney Television Studios might not have the rights to White Walkers or the Iron Throne, but its rich content library, aided by its recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, helped the studio garner more Emmy nominations than most of its competitors.
The fact that HBO Entertainment and Disney Television Studios lead the nomination pack also presents a Ghost of Christmas Future-style prediction for awards seasons down the road. When the free-for-all of the streaming age comes to end shortly and intellectual properties revert back to their owned and operated outlets, it will be these legacy entertainment companies that will be able to parlay their libraries of award-winning content to attract viewers. HBO Max and Disney+ execs are smiling today.
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