Lawrence Wright Cheers Going Clear Emmy Triumph

New Yorker contributor calls Television Academy choice a "stand-up declaration."

Not too many print journalism arcs start with a National Magazine Award and end with a national Emmy prize. But that’s the case for The New Yorker contributor Lawrence Wright.

His February 2011 article “The Apostate” led to the 2013 book Going Clear. And last night, in downtown Los Angeles, Alex Gibney’s HBO documentary about Scientology adapted from that book won three Creative Arts Emmys: Outstanding Documentary, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing. Here’s how Wright framed the significance of the win to Tony Ortega:

“I think Hollywood was taking stock of what is going on in its own community. It was a stand-up declaration on the part of the Television Academy,” Wright tells us.

Ortega also got quick reaction from Paul Haggis and others. Read those comments here. Speaking of Ortega, as part of his ongoing book tour for The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, he will be at Arizona State University’s Barrett, the Honors College Tuesday to discuss his debut Scientology tome.

Overall, HBO led all networks at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmys with 29 wins.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.