24 Sep 2012

Open University co-production Frozen Planet wins four Emmy awards

Photo: Mark Brandon

Photo: Mark Brandon

The Primetime Emmys last night concluded the two-part ceremony, following the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys on 15 September. Frozen Planet, produced in partnership with The Open University, was a big winner in the non-fiction category, winning best non-fiction series; cinematography; picture editing and sound editing. It was also nominated in the sound mixing for non-fiction programming category.

Dr Mark Brandon, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at The Open University and academic consultant for the series, said: “Frozen Planet showed how unique and fragile the polar regions are, and what rising temperatures mean to the people and animals living there. The series was not only spectacular, but remains topical, as sea ice melt is once again at the forefront of scientific debate.”

The Open University is offering the chance to continue exploring the icy wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctica. OpenLearn, its free interactive study site, offers geographic information from Arctic and Antarctic experts, videos of the wildlife in each polar region and historical moments in polar exploration.

The short course, The Frozen Planet, reveals the wonders of the polar world and explains how ice has shaped – and controls – the planet. It has polar-focused activities and film clips from the Frozen Planet series, and looks in depth at the environment, science and wildlife.

Editor's Notes
1. Frozen Planet was a BBC/Discovery Channel/Antena 3 Television S.A./ ZDF/ Skai/ Open University co-production, in association with Discovery Canada.

2. The Executive Producer for the BBC was Alastair Fothergill and the Series Producer was Vanessa Berlowitz. The Open University academic consultants for the series were Dr Mark Brandon and Dr David Robinson.

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