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Griersons to honor producer John Battsek

Producer John Battsek (pictured) will receive this year's Coutts Grierson Trustees' Award for outstanding contribution to documentary making.
October 8, 2013

Veteran producer John Battsek is to receive this year’s Coutts Grierson Trustees’ Award for outstanding contribution to documentary making.

The Passion Pictures executive producer started producing documentaries in 1999 with the award-winning One Day in September. He has since produced more than 25 doc features, including Restrepo, Searching For Sugar Man, The Tillman Story, Better This World, Manhunt and The Imposter.

“Every brilliant filmmaker needs a brilliant producer – equipped with passion, vision, complete commitment and someone who will fight your corner every step of the way helping to steer a film on its course from development to screen,” Grierson Trust chairman Dawn Airey said in a statement.

“Those working with John Battsek have been hugely fortunate to have one of the world’s very best producers on their side. As a fan of all his work, I’m delighted that the Grierson Trustees have decided to award their ultimate prize to John.”

Past Trustees Award winners include Kevin Macdonald, John Pilger, Penny Woolcock and Nick Fraser.

The winners of the Grierson Trust’s 41st British Documentary Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on November 4.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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