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“Laws of the Lizard” wins at Science Media Awards

Day’s Edge Productions’ Law of the Lizard took home the Grand Helix Award at the fourth biennial Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, held at the MIT Media Lab in Boston on ...
September 28, 2018

Day’s Edge Productions’ Law of the Lizard took home the Grand Helix Award at the fourth biennial Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, held at the MIT Media Lab in Boston on Thursday (Sept. 27) night.

Law of the Lizard (pictured) for Smithsonian Channel spotlights filmmakers Neil Lison and Nate Dappen who, over the course of one year, reveal the surprising story of the anole lizard and how they may hold the key to understanding the past, present and future of Earth.

The Science Media Awards honor the world’s foremost science storytellers and stories. The awards celebration concludes the three-day Science Media Awards and Summit in the Hub (SMASH) industry conference in Boston, which took place between Sept. 25 to 27.

This year’s competition saw more than 500 entries competing for 21 awards. As a result, 100-plus international judges screened an aggregated 1,250 hours of media before selecting the finalists.

A select list of the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards winners are listed below. The full list of winners is available here.

2018 Grand Helix Award Winner
Laws of the Lizard
Day’s Edge Productions for Smithsonian Channel

Earth & Sky
One Strange Rock: Gasp
Nutopia Ltd, Protozoa Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment for National Geographic

Science of Life
The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World
Smith & Nasht, Real to Reel Productions in association with CuriosityStream, Steve Burns; The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Sue Dando; ZDF/ARTE, Linde Dehner; SVT2 Sweden Anna Schytt; Screen Australia, Telefilm, Create NSW

Changing Planet
POV: The Islands and the Whales
A co-production of Intrepid Cinema and Radiator Film in association with American

Health & Medicine
Unseen Enemy
Sierra/Tango Productions, Vulcan Productions

Technology & Innovation
AlphaGo
Moxie Pictures

Being Human
Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic

Short Form Series
Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

Long Form Series
Digits
Partisan Pictures for CuriosityStream

Short Program
Genes as Medicine
Barrat Media Inc. and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Micro Movie
A New View of the Moon
Wylie Overstreet, Alex Gorosh

Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling
My Africa
A Passion Planet Production in association with Vision 3 for Conservation International

Interactive
Fisheries Collapse
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Cortina Productions

Science Journalism
POV: The Islands and the Whales
A co-production of Intrepid Cinema and Radiator Film in association with American

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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