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Nobel Media Commissions Blakeway Productions to Present the 2009 Nobel Highlights and Nobel Peace Prize Documentary

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2009 04:44 EST

Press Release

2 December 2009

Nobel Media Commissions Blakeway Productions to Present the 2009 Nobel Highlights and Nobel Peace Prize Documentary

Nobel Media AB, the company responsible for the official Nobel TV programming, has commissioned Blakeway Productions to produce two documentaries: Nobel Highlights 2009, a 1x60' documentary, which profiles all thirteen Nobel Laureates of 2009 and The Nobel Peace Prize Documentary 2009, a 1x30’ documentary portraying the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Barack Obama.

The Nobel Highlights documentary will explore the lives and careers of the 2009 Nobel Laureates awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, Peace and the Laureates in Economic Sciences. Featuring interviews with the Nobel Laureates themselves, their friends, family and academic peers, the program will offer a unique insight into these great men and women, as well as revealing the significance of their work which has changed the lives of millions of people. 2009 sees a record five women honored by the Nobel Prizes and Elinor Ostrom, age 76, makes history by being the first woman to receive the Prize in Economic Sciences. The documentary will also feature highlights from the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony which takes place on 10 December 2009 in Stockholm.

The fourth US President to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama, is the subject of this year’s official Nobel Peace Prize Documentary. The film will highlight his career through various interviews with members of the Obama administration, fellow politicians and former co-workers, as well as the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, and will explore Obama’s achievements leading up to the prize. The program will offer a unique insight into the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s approach to foreign policy and the events in his life which have shaped his world view.

Camilla Hylten-Cavallius, Chief Executive Officer, Nobel Media, said:

“Working with Blakeway Productions and their high-quality documentary filmmakers is an excellent opportunity for Nobel Media to produce captivating programs about the Nobel Laureates’ achievements for an international audience.”

Fiona Stourton, Executive Producer for Blakeway Productions, said:

"It has been a real privilege to make these programs for Nobel Media.
This year's Laureates are fascinating and inspirational people and it
has been a joy to try and capture their work on film."

Nobel Highlights 2009 is produced by Claudine Parrish and executive produced by Fiona Stourton and The Nobel Peace Prize Documentary 2009 is produced by Anke Lueddecke for Blakeway Productions.  Both programs will be distributed internationally by Nobel Media AB.

Press contacts

Nobel Media

Merci Olsson
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +(46) 738 52 35 95

Blakeway Productions

Franklin Rae Communications
Mary Jones

Tel: +(44) 20 7317 5400

About Nobel Media AB

Nobel Media AB manages and develops rights connected with the Nobel Prize in the areas of TV/web production and distribution, publishing as well as events. The company is responsible for the official television programs about the Nobel Prize, and with these programs strives to spread knowledge about the Nobel Laureates and their achievements to a global audience. The Nobel Prize Series portfolio comprises a number of TV productions and documentaries: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo, The Nobel Banquet, Nobel Documentaries, Nobel Minds, Nobel Highlights and the Nobel Prize Concert. These programs reach millions of viewers and web users all over the world.

Nobel Media® , Nobel Prize®, Nobel Prize Series ® and Nobel Prize Concert® are registered trademarks of the Nobel Foundation.

About Blakeway Productions

Blakeway Productions, part of the factual media company Ten Alps PLC, is a multi‐award winning independent production company, creating high quality current affairs and contemporary history programs.