January 29, 2010, 5:48 pm
Hosted by Daljit Dhaliwal of WNET.ORG's Worldfocus, the 2010 History Makers Awards gathered winners, nominees, jurors and special guests to honour the year's best programming in 7 newly expanded categories, including the best usage of archives in current affairs and history television.
The general category winners for the evening were:
Two special category awards were also presented, including the Lifetime Achievement Awards to the legendary Professor Guido Knopp, producer and co-writer of many internationally renowned documentaries such as Hitler - Eine Bilanz (Hitler - a Profile), Hitlers Helfer (Hitler's Henchmen) and the 2009 Emmy-nominated docu-drama Die Wölfe (The Wolf Pack). A Special Jury Award was also was also presented to The People vs. Leo Frank (Ben Loeterman Productions).
January 29, 2010, 2:07 pm
We at History Makers were saddened to learn that legendary historian and political activist Howard Zinn passed away on Wednesday. Zinn was the author of the iconic, A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History upon which HISTORY's The People Speak is based. History Makers is honoured to have Anthony Arnove and Chris Moore, co-Executive Producers of The People Speak present a session today, and we wish to extend to them, and to all of those close to Zinn, our sincere condolences.
January 28, 2010, 9:37 pm
History Makers kicked off this morning with Daniel Goldhagen's keynote address - a fascinating look at how he has reworked his latest book, Worse Than War into a full-length documentary film. Always controversial, Mr. Goldhagen did not disappoint all those who were there to hear him discuss his work. Goldhagen was then gracious enough to remain at the conference to sign copies of his book for our delegates.
Making Old History New and Future of Archives in a Digital Age both raised questions about making history programming interesting and relevant to the next generation. The impact of new technology in both the marketing and the production of history and current affairs television and film has been a persistent theme not only in sessions, but across all of our exhibitors and face-to-face meetings as well.
Other highlights of the day included Lion TV's Richard Bradley and Bill Locke discussing history television for kids, and the powerful panel discussion about the Depiction of Gay and Lesbian History.
January 26, 2010, 8:08 pm
History Makers is excited to have many world-renowned authors on hand this year, and two of them will be selling and signing their latest books during the event.
Daniel Goldhagen, keynote speaker and author of Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Ongoing Assault on Humanity will be signing copies of his book after his session at 10:30 am in the Delegate Lounge. Goldhagen will be speaking about his book and the film upon which it is based during his Keynote address on Thursday January 28th from 9:45 to 10:30 am. History Makers would like to thank Public Affairs Books for making this signing possible.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Ricks will also be signing copies of his book The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, the definitive account of the insurgency within the U.S. military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy. The signing will begin at 4:00 pm on Friday January 29th following his session The New 30 Year War which is set to run from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Thank you to Mobile Libris for their help with organizing and running Mr. Ricks' signing.
January 21, 2010, 9:04 pm
History Makers 2010 would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of ITN Source’s Ian Cheewah. Mr. Cheewah was set to speak at History Makers 2010, but passed away suddenly this past weekend. Cheewah has been the Managing Director of North American Business at ITN since 2008.
His role at ITN allowed him to use his understanding of the digital marketplace to bring the world of historical television into the future. Our thoughts are with all of those who knew him.
January 21, 2010, 8:00 pm
|Dajit Dhaliwal, anchor of Worldfocus and a seasoned broadcaster who has worked for some of the world’s most respected news organizations, including CNN International and BBC News, has been confirmed as the host of the 2010 History Makers Awards. Dhaliwal is a perfect fit for this years awards as she has covered many of the major news stories of the last ten years, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the conflicts in the Middle East and the Balkans.|
Most recently, Dhaliwal hosted of Foreign Exchange, a weekly half-hour international affairs series on PBS that examines America’s role in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Dhaliwal has reported from Singapore and India, and mostly recently from the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for Worldfocus.