Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer of Nature,
named Lifetime Achievement honoree by
the 2012 International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF)
The IWFF award will add to Kaufman’s and Nature’s recent top wins
at the Wildscreen and Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festivals
(New York, NY, November 1, 2011) Fred Kaufman, Executive Producer of Nature, the top-rated documentary series on PBS produced by WNET, will be honored at the 35th Anniversary International Wildlife Film Festival with the IWFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Media. The preeminent IWFF has the distinction of being the first juried wildlife film festival in the world. Kaufman will deliver a keynote speech and receive his award at the festival’s Awards Gala on Friday, May 11, 2012 in Missoula, Montana.
The IWFF Lifetime Achievement Award for Media is a special award given to an individual whose life’s work exemplifies the mission of IWFF, which is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife habitat, people, and nature through excellence in film, television, and other media.
The IWFF’s top prize echoes the recent major accolades bestowed on Kaufman and Nature by the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2010 Wildscreen Festival and by the Grand Teton Award at the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. Together, these recognitions by the international conservation and wildlife film industry reinforce Nature’s position as one of the world’s most respected wildlife series on television today.
Celebrating its 30th season, Nature is a production of THIRTEEN in association withWNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV. For nearly 50 years,WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and other programs for the New York community.
“I’m so pleased with IWFF’s wise choice in selecting Fred Kaufman for this prestigious honor,” said Neal Shapiro, President and CEO of WNET. “It has been a banner year for Nature, which is one of public television’s most-watched series. The series not only sets industry standards on wildlife films as quality entertainment but contributes greatly in informing people about the most vital environmental stories as they happen. That’s Nature’s commitment and the value of public media.”
Kaufman, who has been with Nature since its inception and helmed the series since 1991, expressed in reaction to the award, “I’m extremely honored to be recognized by Janet Rose and the International Wildlife Media Center and Film Festival. Nature owes its success in part to the great team I have the privilege to work with and to our peers within the industry who continue to help us be the leading voice of the natural world.”
This season, the weekly wildlife series will showcase the following programs Wednesdays on PBS (check local listings).
Jungle Eagle (November 9, 2011)
Follow wildlife filmmaker Fergus Beeley and his team of cameramen as they enter the secretive and dangerous world of harpy eagles in Venezuela’s Orinoco River jungle.
My Life as a Turkey (November 16, 2011)
Based on a true story, Nature recreates Joe Hutto’s life-changing emotional journey when he imprinted a clutch of wild turkeys and became their “mom” for more than a year.
Kangaroo Mob* (January 11, 2012)
Meet the mob of street smart kangaroos moving into Australia’s capital city and the ecologists following their every move.
Fortress of the Bears* (January 25, 2012)
Discover the lives of bears when Nature visits the largest concentration of bears in the world in Tongass National Forest’s Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska.
Raccoon Nation* (February 8, 2012)
Are we, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwillingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Find out in Raccoon Nation.
Ocean Giants* 3-part special (February 22, 2012)
Whales and dolphins remain a constant fascination to us. But how much do we really know about them? Following a team of intrepid scientists, this mini-series provides new insights into the lives of these mammals.
River of No Return* (April 18, 2012)
A young couple, Isaac and Bjornen Babcock embark on an adventure into the heart of an unforgiving wilderness in Idaho’s The Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness, the second largest protected wilderness area in the continental United States.
The White Lions* (May 9, 2012)
Nature tells the story of two remarkable and extremely rare lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.
Cracking the Koala Code* (May 16, 2012)
Join leading scientists, on an Australian island, as they unravel what a forest needs to support a healthy population of koalas by listening to these marsupials themselves.
*designates working titles
Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. Throughout its history, Nature has brought the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television.
Nature has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities, and environmental organizations including 10 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. The series received two of wildlife film industry’s highest honors: the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England in October 2010 and the Grand Teton Award given by the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in October 2011.
PBS.org/nature is the award-winning web companion to Nature featuring streaming episodes, teacher’s guides, and more.
Major corporate support for Nature is provided by CanonU.S.A., Inc. Additional support is provided by the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the nation’s public television stations.
WNET is America’s flagship public media outlet, bringing quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Noah Comprende and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through SundayArts, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.
About International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival
The International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival’s mission is to promote awareness, knowledge and understanding of wildlife, habitat, people and nature through excellence in film, television, and other media. The International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) was established in 1977 in Missoula, Montana. In 2002, it became The International Wildlife Media Center & Film Festival and two years later, launched the Montana CINE International Film Festival as a complementary event to the annual IWFF, the first juried wildlife film festival in the world. The Tarkio Retreat is a special IWFF initiative whose goal is to forge new partnerships and build creative collaborations in media and conservation. In 2003, the Montana Film Academy was established, serving now as the Montana Media Center where media-oriented youth programs occur. These include the After-School Kids Club Safari Program, Teen Film Workshops & Summer Adventure & Wildlife Film Camps. Today, the International Wildlife Media Center is a year-round organization, home to the IWFF and Montana CINE International.