13 Apr 2010

The Virtual Revolution scoops Digital Emmy award

The Virtual Revolution scoops Digital Emmy award

The Virtual Revolution scoops Digital Emmy award

The BBC’s The Virtual Revolution, co-produced with The Open University, last night won the Digital Emmy Award for Digital Program – Non-Fiction. It was awarded to the team behind The Virtual Revolution’s ground-breaking multiplatform production process.

The Virtual Revolution was an ambitious project that explored the profound impact of the world wide web on almost every facet of our lives. It launched last July with a call to the web community to join in an open debate with the production team, helping to shape the production of a four-part BBC Two series that was broadcast earlier this year.

In a BBC first, the team made rushes available online for users to download and edit themselves, months before the series was broadcast. They also shared some of their key arguments at, inviting comment, input and story leads from the web community.

Richard Williams, Head of Multiplatform Production at the BBC said: “The Virtual Revolution team pulled out all the stops in trying new ways to meaningfully engage the audience in the traditional documentary form. It’s great to see those efforts and achievements being recognised like this.”

Anne Stevens, Broadcast & Learning Executive, The Open University said: “It is fantastic to receive such recognition. The Virtual Revolution represents another landmark in public broadcasting and public education. It is a celebration of the close collaboration between the range of Open University academics and the production team.”

Presented by Aleks Krotoski, the BBC Two series uncovered some of the extraordinary human stories that illustrate how the web is being used and abused today, and looked for clues to evaluate its – and our – uncertain future.

Martin Davidson, Commissioning Editor, History and Business says: “The world wide web has revolutionised the way many of us live our lives, and yet it has only been with us for 20 years. I felt it was time for a series examining this phenomenon, and I'm delighted the BBC audience had the opportunity to play such an important role in shaping the series.”

Julian Phillips was The Virtual Revolution’s Executive Producer, Multiplatform whilst Dominic Crossley-Holland was Executive Producer of the BBC Two series.

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