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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Awards and Nominations

CNN was the top winner at the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) 19th Annual Vision Awards.  NAMIC Vision Awards recognize original, multi-platform television programming that depicts the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color and best reflects the diversity of the global viewing audience.  A total of 13 networks were honored in the 20 award categories.  
“It is truly gratifying for CNN’s reporting to be recognized by NAMIC, underscoring our commitment to include diversity of voices across our many platforms,” said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide. “ We thank NAMIC for this honor.”
 The network garnered four awards in the categories below:
Digital Media – Web Series
Freedom Project: Mauritania Slavery’s Last Stronghold
The remarkable multimedia feature by CNN Digital’s John Sutter and Edythe McNamee reported in support of The Freedom Project. The story takes an artful look at a country that publicly abolished slavery in 1981, yet an estimated 10-20 percent of the population remains enslaved.

World Sports Presents: It’s Not Black and White
On the heels of accusations against England captain John Terry, and remarks made by FIFA president Sepp Blatter, CNN World Sport explores the history of racism in British football and how it continues today.

Original Movie or Special
CNN Special Projects: Leaders with Heart
The HLN series recognizes people or organizations that actively and selflessly make the world a brighter and better place.

Travel and Adventure
Inside Africa: The Himba of Namibia.
CNN’s Errol Barnett treks to the farthest reaches of the country for a look at Himba life and how they will survive the challenges ahead.

CNN's highly-rated new original series, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown garners four Primetime Emmy Award nominations in it's inaugural season, and marks the first time CNN has been honored with a Primetime Emmy nod.  The one-hour weekend lifestyle series follows host Anthony Bourdain—world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy winning television personality—as he travels across the globe to uncover little-known areas of the world and celebrate diverse cultures by exploring food and dining rituals.
Nominations include:
  • Outstanding Informational Series or Special: "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown"
  • Outstanding Writing For Nonfiction Programming: "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" Libya. 
    • Episode featured Bourdain's look at Libya through personal stories, food and the music of anti-Qaddafi expats who returned to fight.
  • Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming: "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown"Myanmar.  
    • Series premiere offered an inside look at Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma, discovering the fabled beauty and local cuisines of a country that had been, up until recently, off-limits to outsiders.
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming: "Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown" Myanmar.  
"These nominations are a true reflection of the hard work done by Tony and his team, and their enthusiasm for parts unknown worldwide has been recognized by viewers and the industry," said Jeff Zucker, President, CNN Worldwide.  "In addition, this is the first time in our history that CNN has been honored with Primetime Emmy nominations, validating our commitment to expanding the definition of news for our audiences."

"In less than a year I became part of the CNN family, traveled to locations I never thought possible and 'Parts Unknown' has now been honored with four Primetime Emmy nominations," said Bourdain.  "I am honored and humbled and ready to do it all over again in season two."
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown debuted on Sun, April 14, and dominated the 9 p.m. ET time period, registering impressive growth.  During the first season, the program was #1 in its time period across all cable news networks among the key P25-54 demo (405k) and increased +153% in the demo versus the four weeks prior to launch.

The CNN Original Series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, will begin its second season of eight episodes on Sunday, Sep 15, and will explore the food, culture and history of parts unknown within Spain, New Mexico, Israel, Copenhagen, Sicily, Detroit, Tokyo and India.
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown is produced by Zero Point Zero Production with Executive Producers and Founders Chris Collins and Lydia Tenaglia, along with Executive Producer Sandra Zweig. The Emmy award winning Zero Point Zero Production has produced programs with Anthony Bourdain for more than a decade, including Anthony Bourdain: No ReservationsThe LayoverA Cooks Tour, and Decoding Ferran Adria.

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Anonymous said...

Congrats to Anthony Bourdain. He s a master storyteller and gifted writer. In less than a year, he makes history for CNN. If CNN is looking for more Bourdain's they should look at some of the work on Vimeo. Some amazing films and cinematography.

Anonymous said...

Looks like CNN got this one right. Memo to CNN : stop hiring pundits and hire people to give you original content, Content is king.

Anonymous said...

Ironic that CNN gets an award for diversity. Oh, yeah, that's CNN INTERNATIONAL - but they don't really point that out. CNN domestic should get an F in diversity.

Anonymous said...

That's a great point because CNN domestic is not diverse at all. Also, Parts Unknown is not Jeff Zucker's success, his shows are The Lead, New Day and Crossfire,another failure on the way. Breaking news is saying CNN for July 2013 not regular shows.