Showtime’s “Years Of Living Dangerously” won the top Creative Arts Emmy award, “Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series”.
“Years of Living Dangerously” is the first documentary series devoted to climate change ever to appear on a major network or premium cable. Its nine episodes were produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Weintraub.
Earlier this month, “Years” was named as the first honoree of the 2014 Environmental Media Awards, winning “The EMA Outstanding Achievement for Environmental Content Award.” The landmark series generated dozens of major news stories and more than a billion media impressions.
Joel Bach, an Executive Producer of “Years” and series co-creator with David Gelber, quoted on Think Progress: "YEARS received great fanfare on Showtime — hopefully this will put another spotlight on the show and encourage new audiences to watch it on Amazon and the like. Also, this fall the National Wildlife Federation will be releasing YEARS lesson plans in middle schools, high schools and colleges around the country. Our goal has always been to tell the story of climate change to as many people as possible, and this Emmy win goes a long way towards helping accomplish that goal."
Connect4Climate arranged for the series to launch in Washington at the World Bank Headquaters, where World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said “I hope the stories here will be a wake-up call” in remarks opening the event. Kim said he has made attention to climate change a top priority for the Bank because “we knew that if we didn’t tackle the issue of climate change we would never meet” the bank’s twin targets of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity.
Response on Twitter
CONGRATULATIONS @YEARSofLIVING for winning top #Emmys2014 award - relive launch @WorldBank http://t.co/3oXZT7fBbk pic.twitter.com/JCS4yGoXyF
— Connect4Climate (@Connect4Climate) August 19, 2014
The fact that programming like Years of Living Dangerously can affect so many and be so impactful gives me hope, hopefully gives us all hope
— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) August 16, 2014
I'm very proud that our show @YEARSofLIVING won an Emmy. Congrats to the cast and crew and my fellow producers. I can't wait for season two.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) August 17, 2014
WOW! WE WON! Congrats 2 crew & correspondents @YEARSofLIVING 4 Best Doc Series #Emmys2014 & r indefatigable supporters
— M Sanjayan (@msanjayan) August 17, 2014
#YEARSPROJECT on Showtime wow the Emmy!!!! Wow!Thank you so much for the support! I'm smiling ear to… http://t.co/kXR05tbnaY
— ian somerhalder (@iansomerhalder) August 17, 2014
YAYYYYY!!! SO SO excited for our team! Emmy-High-Five!! "@YEARSofLIVING: WE WON! #Emmys http://t.co/j0vPGGE7xl"
— oliviamunn (@oliviamunn) August 17, 2014
Huge congrats to @YEARSofLIVING family on the Emmy!!! What an incredibly important & well-executed series! I'm so proud to be a part!
— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) August 17, 2014
I am so incredibly happy. @YEARSofLIVING Dangerously wins the Emmy tonight for Best Nonfiction Series! Thanks EVERYONE for all your support!
— Joel Bach (@bachchoy) August 17, 2014