WGN America’s ‘Manhattan’ wins SXSW prize for Excellence in Title Design

WGN America’s period drama “Manhattan” has won the jury award for Excellence in Title Design at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The opening titles were illustrated by Dan Gregoras, Creative Director at Imaginary Forces, and defeated 22 other film and television finalists, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Godzilla,” “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and “The Leftovers.”

Manhattan’ creator Sam Shaw on race against time to build atom bomb

The SXSW prize follows another recent honor for the series. Director of photography John Lindley recently won the American Society of Cinematographers award for Best Movie/Miniseries/Pilot Cinematography for shooting the premiere episode. There it defeated the telefilms “The Trip to Bountiful” and “Deliverance Creek” as well as the pilot for FOX’s “Gotham.”

Could “Manhattan” next win the Emmy for Best Main Title Design? The TV academy is certainly fond of animated show openers. Consider recent winners “Da Vinci’s Demons” (2013), “Great Expectations” (2012), “Game of Thrones” (2011), “Bored to Death” (2010), “United States of Tara” (2009), and “Mad Men” (2008).

“Manhattan” tells the story of the scientists who raced against time to build the world’s first atomic bomb. Created by Sam Shaw (previously a Writers Guild nominee for “Masters of Sex“) and directed and produced by nine-time Emmy champ Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing,” “Sports Night”), it boasts a cast including Emmy-nominee John Benjamin Hickey (“The Big C”), SAG-nominee Olivia Williams (“An Education”), and Daniel Stern.

John Benjamin Hickey on his ‘wild west’ role in ‘Manhattan’ (Exclusive Video)

Watch the winning title sequence below. Then use our drag-and-drop menu to predict whether “Manhattan” will earn an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series. Click here to predict more Emmys categories, as well as the Daytime Emmys, ACM Awards, and reality shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” “Survivor,” and “The Amazing Race.”

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