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May 12, 2014

WGBH’s 2014 Peter S. McGhee Fellowship awarded to Olly Lambert

BOSTON, Mass. (May 12, 2014)– Olly Lambert, an award-winning filmmaker for WGBH’s investigative documentary series Frontline, has been awarded WGBH’s 2014 Peter S. McGhee Fellowship. The Boston-based public broadcaster awards the McGhee Fellowship, named for WGBH’s former head of national programming, each year to a mid-career filmmaker who has shown exceptional promise in non-fiction television production.
Lambert worked with Frontline to produce “Syria: Behind the Lines,” capturing how a once-peaceful community in rural Syria was breaking along ethnic and religious lines. “Syria: Behind the Lines” won widespread critical acclaim as well as six prestigious awards, including the inaugural Grierson Award for Best Current Affairs Documentary, the Royal Television Society award for Best Current Affairs documentary and the Rory Peck award for Best Feature. 
“Under Peter McGhee’s leadership, WGBH firmly established itself as a national and global leader in documentary filmmaking. Olly’s body of work truly exemplifies the high standards Peter set,” said John Bredar, WGBH Vice President for National Programming. “I am pleased to award this Fellowship to such a promising filmmaker and I look forward to the work that he will produce with the Frontline team in the coming year.”
In addition to his work with Frontline, Lambert is a “Filmmaker in Residence” at the BBC flagship current affairs program, Newsnight. Born in London, he studied at Durham University before taking an apprenticeship at Middlemarch Films. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 marked the beginning of Lambert's work in areas of conflict. Over the next 10 years, Lambert focused on creating single films that spotlight ordinary people in extraordinary situations, humanizing situations that are normally inhuman or unimaginable.
The McGhee Fellowship honors an individual whose work reflects the attributes that define the standards set by Peter McGhee. Those standards include excellence, intelligence, fairness, passion, and scholarship. The Peter S. McGhee Fellowship was established upon McGhee’s retirement in 2002 to honor his extraordinary legacy after guiding WGBH’s national productions for more than three decades. The recipient of the Fellowship is assigned for one year to one of WGBH’s national production units. Lambert will work with the Frontline team. Past honorees include Frontline’s current deputy executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath as well as Julia Cort, Mark Zwonitzer, Marcela Gaviria, Jamila Wignot, Dan Edge and Rob Rapley.
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