Awards to be presented at History Makers Summit 2008

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - For the first time ever, History Makers will be
presenting awards at a gala evening to be held at the Marriott Financial
Center hotel, in New York City on January 18, 2008. Awards will be presented
to Walter Cronkite for Lifetime Achievement and Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for
Best Program for THE WAR Series.

    Best Program Award
    This is an award of the History Makers Board which is composed of
Producers and Broadcast Executives from US, UK, Europe, and Canada. It
recognizes the Program Series or Special that has made the most public impact,
advances the History genre and exemplifies the highest production values. The
Board compiled a long list of nominees from around the World, voted to compile
a short list and then voted again for the winner, THE WAR. THE WAR, a new
seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn
Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an
American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and
women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.
    Six years in the making, this epic 15-hour film focuses on the stories of
citizens from four geographically distributed American towns - Waterbury,
Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming
town of Luverne, Minnesota. These four communities stand in for - and could
represent - any town in the United States that went through the war's four
devastating years. Individuals from each community take the viewer through
their own personal and quite often harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid
portraits of how the war dramatically altered their lives and those of their
neighbors, as well as the country they helped to save for generations to come.

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    This is an award of the History Makers Board, recognizing an individual
who has exhibited the highest qualities and consistently achieved excellence
in performing their services to history and current affairs programming. A
short list of producers, directors and presenters was compiled and Walter
Cronkite was unanimously acclaimed this year's Lifetime Achievement Award
    Sir David Frost will be presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Stephen Segaller, Director of National Programming, WNET and Sandy Socolow,
former Executive Producer, CBS Evening News and former CBS London Bureau Chief
will be saying a few words in honour of Walter Cronkite.
    For almost two decades Mr. Cronkite served as anchorman and managing
editor for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. He was America's witness
to the major stories of the twentieth century including the assassinations of
President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy,
the Vietnam War, the Apollo 11 Moon landing and the Watergate scandal. He was
often named by pundits and polls as "the most trusted figure" in American
public life. Politicians, intellectuals and fellow journalists regularly
scrutinized every nuance in his nightly newscasts for clues to the thinking of
mainstream America.
    AETN's The History Channel plays host to this years' Summit. Leading
Commissioning Editors and programmers are confirmed from key international
broadcasters, including BBC, CBC, National Film Board of Canada, History
Television Canada, The History Channel, National Geographic, RAI, WGBH, and
ZDF. For more information on History Makers 2008 including a full schedule of
sessions, visit our website at

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