Sonya Pemberton and Tony Wright with their Emmy® Award. © Marc Bryan-Brown 2012
October 2, 2012 – Last night in New York, December Media’s documentary Immortal was recognized by the United States National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) with a News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming.
Five years in the making, Immortal was written and directed by Sonya Pemberton and produced by Tony Wright for December Media/Pemberton Films for SBS. The film follows the work of distinguished Australian scientist Professor Elizabeth Blackburn. In 2009, Elizabeth and her team’s discovery of an ‘immortalising’ enzyme deep in the DNA of a single-celled pond creature, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
Broadcast on SBS in 2010 as part of its ‘Secrets of the Human Body’ season, Immortal was retitled Decoding Immortality for the American audience and broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel in 2011.
Immortal has now won over 20 major accolades including Special Jury Prize, 2012 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Best Science at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Best Documentary at the 2011 National Press Club, and winning Sonya Pemberton the 2011 Health Journalist of the Year.
The 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards was presented on Oct. 1, at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz atLincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center in New York. It was attended by over 900 leading television professionals. The Emmy Awards are the major US national broadcast journalism competition. They promote journalistic excellence by awarding the coveted Emmy to the very best news reports and documentary films in the world.