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Emmy for Irish producer

February 17, 2011

By Staff Reporter

At a ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis hotel on Monday night, producer Pat O’Mahony shared in the News and Documentary Emmy award for Historical Programming for the Discovery Channel documentary “Dying to tell a story; reporters at war.”
I’m on cloud nine,” he told the Irish Echo yesterday.
“It was like scoring a goal for Ireland — I felt like Robbie Keane.”
The documentary was one of a three part series that examines the role of the war correspondent and the dangers associated with the job. It featured interviews with John Simpson, Walter Cronkite, Kate Adie, Jon Steele, and Robert Fisk. Produced by British production company “True Vision,” the series first aired on the Discovery channel in early 2004. RTE have also commissioned the documentary, which is expected to air in Ireland in late October.
O’Mahony accepted the award along with series producer Jon Blair, director Deborah Colman and executive producer Brian Woods.
“I’d like to think it [won] because it was a pretty honest, raw, and at times controversial look at one of the toughest jobs in the world,” said the Kildare native, who presented RTE fashion show “Head 2 Toe,” for five years before moving to London. He has also worked as a presenter for British consumer show “Watchdog,” but says that producing is where his passion lies.
“I’d rather produce something interesting than present something bland,” he said.

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