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January 13, 2014

WGBH Productions Honored With Nine 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Awards

BOSTON, Mass. (January 13, 2014) –Boston’s WGBH—the single largest producer for PBS—has been recognized with nine Fall 2013 CINE Golden Eagle Awards, the national film competition supporting emerging and established producers of film, television and digital media.Leading the honors with five awards was America ReFramed, an independent film series co-produced and presented by WGBH’s national service, WORLD Channel. Nova garnered three awards. American Experience, television’s most-watched history series, received one CINE Golden Eagle. Nova and American Experience are both produced in Boston by WGBH.
America ReFramed, WGBH WORLD Channel’s originally produced documentary series featuring stories of a transforming American culture in all its broad diversity, was recognized with five awards in two divisions and categories: Televised Documentary and Performance (People, Places & Arts) and Televised News Division (Investigative Reporting). Co-produced with AMDOC and presented exclusively by WGBH’s national service WORLD Channel, the 52-week series launched in September 2012 and was able to premiere season two last fall, thanks to continued support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to fund both operations and diverse content on the channel.
“Original series, like America ReFramed, reach out to viewers with powerful content from diverse communities to offer a unique complement to PBS programming,” said WGBH and WORLD General Manager for Television Liz Cheng. “Independent filmmakers know there’s a place and an audience for their work on WORLD Channel.”
Two WGBH iconic productions also were honored with CINE Golden Eagle Awards in the Televised Documentary and Performance Division. Nova, WGBH’s science series and the most watched documentary series on public television, garnered three CINE Golden Eagle Awards with “Australia’s First Four Billion Years” for Environment and Natural Science. “Meteor Strike” and “Secrets of the Viking Sword” were honored for Science and Technology. American Experience, celebrating 25 years of broadcasting on PBS, picked up one CINE Golden Eagle Award in the Televised Documentary and Performance Division (History) for “Death and The Civil War.”
’With millions of people across the country counting on WGBH in Boston to produce smart, educationally rich and innovative content, it is always a great source of pride for us to be recognized with a national award,” said WGBH Vice President for National Programming John Bredar.
A list of WGBH’s CINE Golden Eagle Award wins follows:
Televised Documentary and Performance Division (People, Places & Arts)
·       America ReFramed:“Chisholm ’72”(Executive Producers: Chris Hastings, Simon Kilmurry and Cynthia Lopez)
·       America ReFramed:“The Medicine Game”(Executive Producers: Chris Hastings, Simon Kilmurry, Cynthia Lopez and Shirley K. Sneve)
·       America ReFramed:“Radio Unnameable”(Executive Producers: Chris Hastings, Simon Kilmurry and Cynthia Lopez)
Televised News Division (Investigative Reporting)
·       America ReFramed:“Code of the West” (Executive Producers: Chris Hastings, Simon Kilmurry and Cynthia Lopez)
·       America ReFramed:“The New Public”(Executive Producers: Chris Hastings, Simon Kilmurry and Cynthia Lopez)
Televised Documentary and Performance Division (Environment & Natural
·       Nova:“Australia’s First 4 Billion Years”(Senior Executive Producer: Paula Apsell), a four-part series exploration of the history of the planet as seen through the window of the Australian continent.
Televised Documentary and Performance Division (Science & Technology)
·       Nova:“Meteor Strike”(Senior Executive Producer: Paula Apsell; Executive Producers: Chris Schmidt, Julia Cort, Bob Strange and Stuart Carter), Nova’s hunt for debris from the 2013 7,000-ton asteroid explosion and clues to the meteor’s origin and makeup.
·       Nova’s“Secrets of the Viking Sword”(Senior Executive Producer: Paula Apsell; Senior Science Editor: Evan Hadingham), an exploration and reconstruction of the Ulfberht, the revolutionary high-tech tool of the Viking era and considered one of the greatest swords ever made.
Televised Documentary and Performance Division (History)
·       American Experience:“Death and The Civil War”(Director/Writer: Ric Burns, Executive Producer: Mark Samels). Based on historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust’s acclaimed book This Republic of Suffering, the film explores a critical but largely overlooked aspect of the Civil War experience: the transformation of the nation by the death of an estimated 750,000 people. PBS is scheduled to re-air the documentary nationwide on May 26.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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