Disney, ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Portlandia,’ ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ Win 1st 2013 Emmys

Awards in juried categories include another one for HBO Docs' Sheila Nevins, the biggest winner in Emmy history

Disney animation, “The Simpsons,” the Grammy Awards, “Portlandia” and the documentary “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” have won the first Emmy Awards of 2013, the Television Academy announced on Wednesday.

Those programs, and several others, were given Emmys in three juried categories. The Emmys do not have standard nominations in those categories but instead convene special peer-group screening committees to view eligible achievements and decide if each one is deserving of an Emmy. More than one award in each category is possible, but only programs or individuals winning unanimous approval are given Emmys.

The awards will be given out on Sept. 15 during the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

Among the winners is HBO Documentary Films chief Sheila Nevins, who won her 24th Emmy for serving as executive producer on Alex Gibney's “Mea Maxima Culpa” to break her own award as the biggest Emmy winner of all time.

The awards:

Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation

"Adventure Time" • Puhoy • Cartoon Network • Cartoon Network Studios

Andy Ristaino, Character Design


"Disney Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe" • Disney.com • Disney Television Animation

Jenny Gase-Baker, Background Paint


"Disney Mickey Mouse Croissant de Triomphe" Disney.com •  Disney Television Animation

Joseph Holt, Art Direction

"Disney TRON: Uprising" •
"The Stranger" • Disney XD • Disney Television Animation

Alberto Mielgo, Art Direction


"Dragons: Riders of Berk" • "We Are Family (Part 2)" • Cartoon Network  • DreamWorks Animation

Andy Bialk, Character Design


"The Simpsons" • "Treehouse Of Horror XXIII" • FOX • Gracie Films in association with 20th Century Fox Television

Paul Wee, Character Animation

Outstanding Costumes For A Variety Program Or A Special
"The 55th Annual Grammy Awards" • CBS • AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC

Marina Toybina, Costume Designer

Courtney Webster, Assistant Costume Designer


"The Men Who Built America" • "Bloody Battles" • HISTORY • Stephen David Entertainment For History

Sarah Beers, Costume Designer

Rachael Leah Greene, Costume Supervisor

Lisa Faibish, Costume Supervisor


"Portlandia" • Blackout • IFC • Broadway Video in association with IFC

Amanda Needham, Costume Designer

Monika Schmidt, Costume Supervisor



Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking


"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" • HBO • HBO Documentary Films in association with Jigsaw Productions, Wider Film Projects and Below The Radar Films

Alex Gibney, Producer

Todd Wider, Producer

Jedd Wider, Producer

Sheila Nevins, Executive Producer