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October Films and Nobel Media Announce First Commission of Nobel Documentary

26 November 2008

October Films has received its first commission from Nobel Media AB, the company responsible for producing the official Nobel TV programmes. October Films is to produce a 1 x 30 minute documentary portraying the 2008 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (title TBC), the cross cultural citizen and writer.

The documentary will explore the career of Le Clézio, who has published more than thirty-six books, including short stories, novels, essays, prefaces and reviews and is the author of several children's books. Using interviews with Le Clézio and his academic peers, the programme will discuss the various themes his work explores as well as offer an insight into the views of his literary world and the significance of his work. The documentary will be distributed internationally by November 30, 2008.

Denman Rooke, Managing Director for October Films, says: "October Films is delighted to receive its first commission from Nobel Media and we are looking forward to developing and building this relationship further."

Camilla Hyltén-Cavallius, Chief Executive Officer, Nobel Media, adds: "By working with October Films and their production of high-quality documentaries, this commission for the Nobel Literature Documentary will capture the interest of a global audience."

Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace. The Nobel Prize in Literature has celebrated the works of authors from many different languages and cultural backgrounds, from William Butler Yeats (1923), Ernest Hemingway (1954), Gabriel García Márquez (1982) and Orhan Pamuk (2006).

The documentary is commissioned by Tamzen Isacsson, Head of Production and Distribution at Nobel Media and executive produced by Denman Rooke for October Films. The documentary will be distributed internationally by Nobel Media.

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About October Films
October Films is one of the UK's most successful independent production companies. With an unsurpassed reputation for producing popular factual programming high-quality documentaries, current affairs, docu-drama, science and history programmes, October Films has attracted worldwide industry recognition.

Founded in 1989, the company has won over 90 international television awards including BAFTAs, RTS Awards and a number of Emmys. In December 2006 October Films also won the highly prestigious Prix Italia for the second time.

Creating flagship programming for all of the UK's main terrestrial and non-terrestrial broadcasters, October Film's production slate includes primetime successes such as True Horror (Discovery Channel), Cocaine (Channel 4), The Boy Who Lived Before (FIVE), Suspect Nation (More 4), Celebrity Sex Tapes Unwound (Channel 4), Killer Wave (BBC Two).

In September 2007 October was once again voted one of the Top Ten Independent Producers in the annual Broadcast Magazine Peer Poll - for the 11th consecutive year.

About Nobel Media AB
Nobel Media AB is a company entrusted with managing and developing rights connected with the Nobel Prizes in the areas of TV/web production, distribution, publishing and events. The Nobel Programme portfolio comprises a number of documentaries and TV-productions: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo, The Nobel Banquet, Nobel Documentaries, Nobel Minds, Nobel Highlights.  These programmes are distributed globally under the name Nobel Prize Series and reach a large audience.


Nobel Media®, Nobel Prize Series®, Nobel Prize® and the Nobel Prize® medal design mark are registered trademarks of the Nobel Foundation.


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