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Clipper Race TV Series crowned best UK documentary

by Claire Glancy 16 Aug 2016 18:07 BST 16 August 2016
Clipper Race documentary camera crew films on board during 2015-16 race edition © Clipper Ventures

The international television series of the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race has picked up a prestigious award as 'Best Documentary Series-UK' in the industry TMT Media Awards 2016 announced today.

The second season of the highly acclaimed sports adventure series The Race of Their Lives 2 follows the people taking on the latest edition of the Clipper Race in seven one-hour shows. Many are novices before their extensive pre-race training.

"This is excellent news," said Clipper Race Global Business and Communications Director Jonathan Levy, who is executive producer of the series. "It reflects the compelling nature of the story as 'ordinary' people take on the extraordinary challenge of racing across the world's toughest oceans.

"The team at our official host broadcast production company, 1080 Media TV, has done an incredible job in difficult conditions to capture the race as it unfolds aboard the yachts, and tell the story of these everyday people as they achieve something remarkable."

The programmes have been distributed to broadcasters around the world, reaching well in excess of a hundred countries so far, and have run as each show is completed during the race. The final show will be distributed in September when the full series is expected to be repeated in its entirety on many channels, with additional broadcasters also taking it at that time too.

The shows have been distributed throughout Asia including China, Australia, Middle East, Africa, Europe including the UK and Russia, plus North and South America. A number of airlines and ocean cruise liners are also taking the series for their on-board TV channels and entertainment systems.

Ongoing news coverage of the race has been distributed around the world and has appeared on major global broadcasters such as BBC World and CNN, plus significant national broadcasters such as NBC in the US; BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in the UK; Eurovision throughout Europe; CCTV and BTV in China; and ABC, Channel 7, SBS, Sky and Fox in Australia.

To reflect the work 1080 Media TV has done with news distribution and streaming they also picked up a second award as 'Most Innovative Online Broadcast Company – UK'. 1080 Media TV CEO Cliff Webb said: "This illustrates how we have been able to distribute the content produced, not only for the Clipper Race but also for all of our international clients. Such as the International Tennis Federation (ITF), covering the Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties and draws.

"We are very proud of the TV Series we've produced for the Clipper Race which has received an enthusiastic response from broadcasters. As a result we have already received a lot of interest in the third season of The Race of Their Lives for the 2017-18 edition."

Broadcasters include: Fox Sports Europe, Africa and Australia, Bloomberg, Fox Sports Asia, FoxTel, STAR Sports, BeIN Sports, Supersport, Sky Sports, Globosat, RBC TV, China New Media, Viettel TV, Edge Sport and many more.

To watch some of the documentary coverage so far, please visit our Youtube channel which includes the thrilling Race of Their Lives 2 trailer and an inspirational and emotive video of the Pacific Ocean crossing.

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