Jonathan Bird ’90 Wins Emmy

May 20, 2011

Jonathan_Bird_Alumni_Spotlight_rdax_133x177The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Boston/New England Chapter, has honored the series Jonathan Bird’s Blue World with three 2011 Emmy Awards. Host of the series, Jonathan Bird, a 1990 WPI graduate, received the award for best On-Camera Talent Program, Host/Moderator. In addition, the Blue World production team received the award for best Magazine Feature/Segment for “Lobsters” and best Children/Youth Program for “Antarctica.” 

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This is the second consecutive year that Jonathan Bird’s Blue World has been awarded an Emmy. In 2010, Blue World received the award for Outstanding Magazine Feature/Segment. The 2011 awards were announced and presented at ceremonies on May 15 at the Granite Links Country Club in Quincy.

“By winning awards in both the Children and Segment categories, we have shown that this is a series for people of all age groups that are fascinated by the life in the oceans,” Bird says.

Blue_World_Emmy1Jonathan Bird’s Blue World takes viewers on an adventurous exploration of the world’s oceans in a series the whole family will enjoy. Filmed across the globe, each episode brings viewers to the edge of their seats as they wait to find out if the mother turtle can drag herself across the beach in the middle of the night to lay her eggs, or what lurks behind the next stalagmite in an underwater cave.  Jonathan frolics with tiger sharks in the Bahamas, hangs out with Manta rays in Yap, and stares down a Wolffish in the North Atlantic.

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World has aired continuously on public television stations in the United States since May 2008. Co-produced by Jonathan Bird Productions and Oceanic Research Group, the series has been shown over 8,300 times in 33 states to over 160 million potential viewers. Its third season is scheduled for release in mid-2011.

On the web, and on DVD, Jonathan Bird’s Blue World has been shown to be a valuable and entertaining tool for science education, according to Jonathan Bird Productions. Teachers across the country incorporate Blue World into the classroom to illustrate science and oceanographic concepts that engage viewers, using educational resources.

Bird is an underwater cinematographer, underwater photographer, producer, author of seven books and public speaker. He is president of Jonathan Bird Productions and a founder of the non-profit organization Oceanic Research Group. He has produced films for National Geographic, PBS, ABC, USA Network, and the SciFi Channel.

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