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"Garth Brooks Live From Central Park" Earns Six Emmy Nominations

"Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back" Earns Editing Honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--July 23, 1998--Garth Brooks' record-breaking HBO special, ``Garth Live From Central Park,'' has earned six Primetime Emmy Awards nominations--Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program; Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special; Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program; Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special; Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Special.

The special's six nominations tie the total of nominations for ``Chicago Hope'' and ``Mad About You'' and outnumber those earned by ``Seinfeld'' (five nominations) and ``Law and Order'' and ``The Practice''(each with four nominations).

In addition, Brooks' recent NBC special, ``Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back,'' received a nomination for Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. The special was directed and edited by Michael Salomon of Picture Vision. Producer was Jon Small of Picture Vision.

The nominations, representing the period from June 1, 1997, through May 31, 1998, were announced this morning by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood, CA.

``Garth Live From Central Park,'' which aired August 7, 1997, was the most watched and highest rated original program on HBO in 1997, with a 15.2 rating/25 share in HBO homes. Ratings ultimately peaked at 19.1/29 during the last 15 minutes of the concert. The special beat all broadcast competition in the time period as well as three of the four networks combined. According to Nielsen cume information, 14.6 million people in 7.5 million homes watched at least part of the special. In addition, the show drew the largest crowd ever for a concert in New York's Central Park.

``Garth Live From Central Park'' was directed by Marty Callner. Brooks was Executive Producer. Producer was Jon Small of Picture Vision, Supervising Producer Doug Forbes, and Line Producer Shelby Werwa.

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