We’re tremendously excited to announce that the Nextflix original documentary Mission Blue won the 2015 News & Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Editing – Documentary and Long Form! While Mission Blue founder and National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle has been spreading her message of hope for years, this message—our Mission Blue—has leapt to the next level of awareness in the global public consciousness.
The documentary, directed by Bob Nixon and Fisher Stevens and edited by Peter R. Livingston Jr., began inspiring people across 40+ countries in August 2014. Honored with this Emmy® Award, we anticipate that Dr. Earle’s simple message of ocean conservation—of respect for our planet and what sustains us—will reverberate through the homes and hearts of Netflix’s global audience now deeper than ever before. We hope that a public awakening to the dire state of our ocean, and what we can do to save it, will propel personal decisions and public policy that favor the future of our ocean and ourselves. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “It’s her natural charisma and infectious enthusiasm that are most compelling on screen. As the foremost American women oceanographer, she became a standard-bearer among female field-research scientists, while also marrying and raising a family, long before the term “supermom” ever entered the lexicon.”
The Mission Blue Film offers a 360-view not only of what’s happened to our oceans over the last decades, but also of Dr. Sylvia Earle’s quest to raise awareness in the global public about ocean decline. As we all know, it’s not Dr. Earle’s style to leave her supporters despondent and hopeless about the future of the ocean. Indeed, the film reaffirms the straightforward approach of creating a global network of marine parks — Hope Spots! — large enough to save the ocean, Earth’s blue heart.
So get to a television or computer today, tune in to Netflix and watch the Mission Blue Film! Afterwards, make sure to engage us on social media using the hashtag #MissionBlue or on our website and let us know what you think. If, after seeing the film, you’d like to help the Mission Blue movement, join us here!
Watch editor Peter R. Livingston Jr. accepting the award in the clip below.