Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks took home the best documentary prize yesterday (January 19) at the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards.
The doc, which profiles the ascent of activist Julian Assange and his controversial website, has also been nominated for best documentary prizes by the Writers Guild of America Awards (WGA) and BAFTA Film Awards.
The WGA West announced January 15 that Gibney will be the first documentary filmmaker to receive the Paul Selvin Award for We Steal Secrets. The honor is presented to writers whose scripts embody the spirit of U.S. civil rights.
At the PGAs, Gibney’s doc bested A Place at the Table, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story, Life According to Sam and Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington.
In the television category, the team behind CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown came away with the award for outstanding producer of non-fiction television, beating out ESPN’s 30 for 30, A&E’s Duck Dynasty, Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio and ABC’s Shark Tank.
Finally, the producers of NBC’s The Voice received the competition television award, taking the prize over CBS’s The Amazing Race, ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, Lifetime’s Project Runway and Bravo’s Top Chef.
Below are the winners in the assorted documentary and non-fiction television categories, with producers’ names as supplied by the PGA:
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Competition Television:
The Voice (NBC) – Producers: Stijn Bakkers, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Audrey Morrissey, Jim Roush, Kyra Thompson, Nicolle Yaron, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television:
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (CNN) – Producers: Anthony Bourdain, Christopher Collins, Lydia Tenaglia, Sandra Zweig
The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (Focus Features) – Producers: Alexis Bloom, Alex Gibney, Marc Shmuger