UNDER THE HONORARY PRESIDENCY OF H.S.H. PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO

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LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER BIANCA JAGGER TO HEAD GOLDEN NYMPH NEWS JURY

Monaco, 6 March – Leading human rights advocate and campaigner, Bianca Jagger, will take up the Presidency of the News Jury for the Golden Nymph Awards at the 55th Monte-Carlo Television Festival taking place 13th -18th June, it was announced today by Laurent Puons, CEO.

Ms Jagger is Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, a Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International, USA, a member of the Women and Girls Lead Leadership Council, and IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador. For more than three decades she has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society, campaigning for human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world.

The News Jury will select Golden Nymph winners in four categories - News Documentary – an investigative report that covers current news; Current Affairs Documentary - an investigative report that can cover a range of major stories across politics, religion, science, environment and social issues; 24-Hour News Programs - live coverage of a single breaking news event, as it unfolds, broadcast exclusively by a 24-Hour news channel and TV News edited coverage of a news event, broadcasted on a schedule news program.

A wide range of subjects have been covered by recent recipients of the Golden Nymph News categories including the 9/11 attacks, Ukraine war, Victims of rape in Africa, Living with AIDS, Iraq war, Tsunami in Japan, Haiti Earthquake, Meteorite in Russia, Shooting in Norway, the Arab Spring  and the Mine Massacre in South Africa.

Bianca Jagger comments, "I am thrilled to be the President of the News Jury at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival. The medium of television has the power to highlight important issues taking place in the world today and has a profound impact on our lives. As Founder and President of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation I know that well-researched documentaries, investigative reports and news stories are invaluable in educating and informing us of the many and diverse challenges that we are facing. Television and news reporting can help make a difference on numerous levels.  I am very much looking forward to screening some of the most incisive, ground-breaking documentaries and news programming from across the globe and to leading the jury which will select this year’s winners of the prestigious Golden Nymph.”

Laurent Puons adds, “We are extremely pleased Bianca Jagger will join us in Monaco as our News Jury President.  She is a tireless supporter of human rights and civil liberties and her empathy with and understanding of many international issues will be a huge asset to our competition.”

The Festival Competition which, as well as News, encompasses Television Films, Television Series and Mini Series, is open to all international networks, distributors and production companies.  Each year, more than 40 countries are represented in the competition, with more than 50 programmes selected for nomination and final judging by international juries composed of distinguished industry professionals and leading creative and acting talent.

About the Monte-Carlo Television Festival

Held in the principality of Monaco for more than 50 years, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has an exceptional history of celebrating the best in global television programming.

Launched by Prince Rainier III in 1961, the Festival’s primary objective was to recognise television as an outstanding means of bringing cultures together and enhancing their respective knowledge.  This objective is reflected in every aspect of the Festival’s history, as a host of renowned celebrities and industry leaders have travelled to Monaco from all over the world to participate in the event.   

The Monte-Carlo Television Festival is now a key annual event in the television industry calendar, attracting a host of acting and creative talent from around the world.  The event also hosts an extensive publicity programme within the prestigious Grimaldi Forum, which sees more than 3,000 press interviews taking place. Attended by more than 300 international print, online, radio and TV journalists, it generates press attention and coverage around the globe. 

From the Opening Ceremony to the Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony, an array of premiere screenings, receptions and parties take place throughout the Festival.

Contact

Pam Golum/Jennifer Price
The Lippin Group
pgolum@lippingroup.com
jprice@lippingroup.com
+1 (323) 965-1990

Debbie Lawrence
The Lippin Group - London
dlawrence@lippingroup.com
+44 7771 850580

Notes to Editors

Full Biography of the News Jury President

Bianca Jagger is Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, a Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, a Member of the Executive Director's Leadership Council of Amnesty International, USA, a member of the Women and Girls Lead Leadership Council, and IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador. For over three decades she has been a voice for the most vulnerable members of society, campaigning for human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world.

She is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards including The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “alternative Nobel prize” (2004),   The Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership (1997), The United Nations Earth Day International Award (1994), The World Citizenship Award from The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (2006), The World Achievement Award (2004), The Green Globe Award from the Rainforest Alliance (1997), and the American Civil Liberties Union Award (1998).

Ms Jagger has been awarded three doctorates, honoris causa: a Doctorate in Law from the University of East London in 2010, a Doctorate of Human Rights from Simmons College, Boston in 2008; and a Doctorate of Humanities from Stonehill College, Massachusetts in 1983.

Bianca has a blog in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bianca-jagger

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