When No 1 Ladies Detective Agency premieres on television this month (August), South African viewers will see the work of one of many members of the SA entertainment industry nominated in the upcoming 61st Primetime Emmy� Awards.

Numerous creative and technical crew members are anxiously awaiting the outcome of their nominations in what is considered to be one of the toughest competitions in the television industry. The Emmy� Awards recognise merit within various areas of television and emerging media.

No 1 Ladies Detective Agency features wardrobe design by Jo Katsaras, who is nominated for �Outstanding Costumes for a Series as Costume Designer�, with her Costume Supervisor Zureta Schulz. Based on Alexander McCall Smith�s books, the series was helmed in Botswana by multiple Academy Award winning director, Anthony Minghella (The English Patient and The Talented Mr. Ripley) who passed away shortly after the series wrapped.

Katsaras (whose credits include John Boorman�s In my Country, and Racing Stripes) says that when the No.1 series flighted on the HBO network earlier this year, the costumes drew so much attention she was invited to exhibit them at The FIDM Museum in Los Angeles - which opened on 25 July.

For Generation Kill (which has a total of 11 nominations) Set Decorator and Art Director, Amelia Weavind, is nominated for �Best Set Dresser� along with veteran Casting Director, Christa Schamberger. � who has a Casting nomination. Among Weavind�s credits are Tsotsi, Stander and 10 000BC.

Top Sound Mixer, Colin McFarlane, thought it was a hoax when he received an e-mail informing him that he had been nominated for an �Emmy�  for �Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Miniseries Or A Movie for 24-Redemption. This is not the first nomination or award for McFarlane who has worked in the business for 30 years, not only producing quality sound but mentoring newcomers. He is also up for a �Gemini� Award (the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy).

Other competing shows include CSI, 30 Rock, Dancing with the Stars, The Office, The Amazing Race, Weeds, 24, and 24-Redemption, Grey�s Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and The Tudors.

David Wicht, CEO of Film Afrika (also a former Emmy� Award winner - for Scouts Safari), one of South Africa�s leading producers of international productions, says the nominations are a tribute to the massive skills level that has built up in South Africa in the last 10 years. �Our great crews of technicians and creatives are in great demand and are acknowledged for their world class skills. Over the past few years on Film Afrika�s international productions the crew has been nearly 100% local.�

Source: Metal Moon