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July 13, 2010

HBO WWII Miniseries Nominated for 24 Emmy Awards; Professor Donald Miller Served as Consultant

The Pacific, for which Professor Donald Miller serves as a consultant and writer for accompanying historical material, has been nominated for 24 Emmy Awards, including outstanding miniseries and outstanding directing and writing for a miniseries, movie, or dramatic special. The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards will be Aug. 29 on NBC.

Donald Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, teaches a class in Ramer History House.

Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, is chief historical consultant and writer for The Pacific’s ambitious web site and is historical consultant and on-camera expert on the DVD and Blu-Ray components of the show. The 10-hour World War II miniseries debuted March 14 on HBO. The executive producers are Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman, the creative team behind the Emmy-winning 2001 HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

The web site includes state-of-the-art interactive battle maps of the campaigns featured in the show, a documentary on The Making of The Pacific, a history of the Pacific War, background pieces on each of the show’s episodes, and interviews with Miller and veterans of the war.

Miller is an award-winning author and expert on WWII. Three of his eight books are on the war: Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany (2006); D-Days in the Pacific (2005); and The Story of World War II (2001), all published by Simon & Schuster.

He was writer and chief historical consultant for WWII in HD, a 10-hour series that aired on the History Channel in November 2009, and was inspired by The Story of World War II.He was also a writer and historical consultant with Tom Hanks on Beyond all Boundaries, an IMAX film that is the signature attraction of the National World War II Museum’s Soloman Victory Theater.

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