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Nick Fraser to receive BAFTA Special Award

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will honor Nick Fraser with the Special Award at the upcoming Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards. Fraser was the former commissioning editor of ...
May 10, 2017

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will honor Nick Fraser with the Special Award at the upcoming Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards.

Fraser was the former commissioning editor of BBC’s ‘Storyville’. He led the strand since its inception in 1999 before stepping down last September to launch the documentary streaming platform Yaddo.

During his time with ‘Storyville’, the strand  won a total of five BAFTAs, four Oscars, 15 Griersons, three Peabodys, and three International Emmys.

With a career spanning decades, Fraser is known for documentaries such as Notes on Blindness, Project Nim, India’s Daughter, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, BAFTA and Academy Award-winning Man on Wire and Academy Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side.

Fraser has also worked as series editor for the global documentary project Why Democracy? (2007) and as executive producer on Why Poverty? (2012). He will be a series editor for the upcoming Why Slavery? documentary as part of the ongoing project.

Currently, Fraser works as editor for Yaddo, commissioning and handpicking docs for the subscription-based streaming service.

“Throughout [Nick's] career, he has been dedicated to telling the stories which aren’t often heard and bringing these to new audiences — from his multi award winning thought-provoking commissions through ‘Storyville’ to recently launching an innovative online platform for documentaries, Yaddo,” said Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA’s television committee, in a statement. “It is no surprise that such ambition, creativity and originality will be recognized at the ceremony on Sunday.”

Fraser will be honored at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards on Sunday, May 14 at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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