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Bourdain, “Cosmos,” “Naked and Afraid” pick up Realscreen Awards

Parts Unknown presenter Anthony Bourdain, Discovery Channel's Naked and Afraid (pictured) and science series reboot Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey were the big winners at the Realscreen Awards in Santa Monica on Tuesday (June 2).
June 2, 2015

CNN’s Parts Unknown presenter Anthony Bourdain, Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid (pictured) and Fox and Nat Geo’s science series reboot Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey were the big winners at the Realscreen Awards this evening (June 2), picking up prizes for outstanding host, best docuformat and best science and technology program, respectively.

In addition to winning outstanding achievement in hosting as well as most compelling character, the chef and author – as previously announced - was also named the Realscreen Awards’ 2015 Personality of the Year, and inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony in Santa Monica, California.

“It’s many weeks, months out of the year, far from home and long absences from family, and some very dodgy plumbing, I can tell you,” said Bourdain in a previously taped video message. He was unable to attend due to a shoot in Borneo.

Also entering the Hall of Fame was Pilgrim Studios CEO and president Craig Piligian, who was one of the original executive producers of CBS’ competition series Survivor and has overseen such long-running series as American Chopper and Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe for Discovery Channel, while also steering his company towards a diverse range of programming, including series for OWN, CNN and Lifetime, among many other networks.

In accepting his award, Piligian told the audience gathered at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel: “When you have a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, those things happen but in the end of the day, in this business, it’s really a wonderful life.”

Meanwhile, CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown picked up best non-fiction arts and culture program, while Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid took home best reality docuformat, as well as prizes for most original concept and an award of excellence for reality.

Elsewhere, Blue Chalk Media-produced web series First Sight: Sonia & Anita took the digital and branded content prize for web series, as well as winning outstanding achievement in cinematography as well as casting/talent/subjects.

Rounding out the evening’s multiple award-winners was Fox and National Geographic Channel’s Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, which won best non-fiction science and technology program, along with an award of excellence for non-fiction.

For a complete list of winners, please see below:

COMPETITION – GAME

Release the Hounds
Gogglebox Entertainment
ITV 2

COMPETITION – LIFESTYLE

MasterChef Junior
Endemol Shine North America
One Potato Two Potato
Fox

COMPETITION – TALENT AND STUDIO-BASED PROGRAM

The Voice
Talpa Media USA, United Artists Media Group and Warner Horizon
NBC

COMPETITION – SHINY FLOOR GAME SHOW

Hollywood Game Night
Mission Control Media, Hazy Mills Productions and Universal Television
NBC

LIFESTYLE – FOOD (a tie)

Booze Traveler
Karga 7 Pictures
Travel Channel

Epic Meal Empire
Collective Digital Studio and NextTime Productions
FYI

LIFESTYLE – HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Extreme Weight Loss
3 Ball Entertainment
ABC

LIFESTYLE – HOME

The Shatner Project
Scott Sternberg Productions
DIY Network

DIGITAL AND BRANDED CONTENT – MULTI-PLATFORM PROJECT

Tornado Hunters
Saloon Media
CMT Canada

DIGITAL AND BRANDED CONTENT – BRAND-FUNDED PROGRAM

World’s Largest Urban Zipline
Fullscreen
Fullscreen and Youtube

DIGITAL AND BRANDED CONTENT – WEB SERIES

First Sight: Sonia & Anita
Blue Chalk Media
bluechalk.com

NON-FICTION– ARTS AND CULTURE PROGRAM

Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown
Zero Point Zero Production
CNN

NON-FICTION– ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL HISTORY PROGRAM

Crazy Monster Frogs
Earth Touch
Smithsonian Channel

NON-FICTION– SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey
Fuzzy Door Productions and Cosmos Studios
National Geographic Channel and FOX

HALL OF FAME – PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Anthony Bourdain

NON-FICTION – EVENT PROGRAM

The First 48: 10th Anniversary Special
ITV Studios America
A&E

NON-FICTION – ARCHIVE-BASED PROGRAM

The Sixties
Playtone Productions and Herzog & Company Productions
CNN

NON-FICTION – HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHICAL PROGRAM

Inside the Hunt for The Boston Bombers
Raw TV
National Geographic Channel and Channel 4

NON-FICTION – SOCIAL ISSUES AND CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAM

Morgan Spurlock Inside Man
Warrior Poets Entertainment
CNN

REALITY – DOCUFORMAT

Naked and Afraid
Renegade83
Discovery Channel

REALITY – DOCUSOAP

Lindsay
Pilgrim Studios
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

DOCUREALITY

Life Below Zero
Adjacent Productions
National Geographic Channel

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – CINEMATOGRAPHY

First Sight: Sonia & Anita

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – CASTING/TALENT/SUBJECTS (a tie)

First Sight: Sonia & Anita
73 Questions

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – DIRECTING
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – EDITING

World’s Largest Urban Zipline

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – MUSIC

The Voice

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT – HOST/PRESENTER
MOST COMPELLING CHARACTER

Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

MOST ORIGINAL CONCEPT

Naked and Afraid

HALL OF FAME – PRODUCER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Craig Piligian

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE – NON-FICTION

Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE – REALITY

Naked and Afraid

 

 

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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