‘Game of Thrones’ producer Chris Newman on setting new Emmy record [Exclusive Video]

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“As soon as you have a record offered up to you, you have to take it, but also you worry about not getting it,” admits “Game of Thrones” producer Chris Newman on the red carpet of the TV academy’s recent event saluting this year’s nominated producers. Last week the HBO fantasy epic won eight trophies at the Creative Arts Emmys, just one away from the one-year record set by “The West Wing” in 2000. (Watch our entire red carpet Q&A below.)

Related: Complete list of 2015 Creative Arts Emmy winners

If “Game of Thrones” wins Best Drama Series, as Gold Derby predicts with leading 5/6 odds, the show will tie “The West Wing,” and if it wins just one more — either for Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Best Writing (“Mother’s Mercy”), or Best Directing (“Mother’s Mercy” or “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”) — it will stand alone in the Emmy record books.

As for potentially winning the big trophy of the night, Newman admits, “It’s been a long five years so I would feel that we … ‘deserve’ is too strong a word, but it’s good recognition and we’d be very happy for that.”

Rumors are circulating that the show’s eighth season in 2018 will be its last, but Newman neither confirms nor denies the impending end date. “I look forward to next year, but I couldn’t say beyond that.”

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