Thu, 6 September 2018
This week we welcome Sonya Pemberton to the show. She is one of Australia’s leading factual television producers specialising in science. She has written, directed and produced over 50 hours of broadcast documentary and executive produced many award-winning factual series and one-off programs. Sonya was Head of Specialist Factual at ABC Television from 2004-2007, where she commissioned 300+ hours of factual television. Her understanding of audiences’ desire for smart, accessible TV saw ratings rise across the genres.
Sonya’s science programs have won more than 30 major international awards and she has been three times honoured with the prestigious Eureka Prize for Science Journalism (2003, 2004, 2008). In 2011 Immortal won the Australian Health Journalist of the Year, Best Science at Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and, in 2012, US News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Science Programming. In 2011 Sonya joined forces with Australia’s largest Independent production company Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) to create Genepool Productions – Australia’s first television production company focusing on quality science programming. Genepool’s first feature documentary, Jabbed – love fear and vaccines, was broadcast on SBS TV, May 26 2013.
Questions asked in the episode
- Were there any alarming discoveries regarding vitamins while making the film?
- Many vitamins proclaim to be 100% natural, is this just a marketing ploy?
00:44 This week. I'm excited to welcome Sonia Pemberton. Sonia is one of Australia's leading documentary producers and she specializes in making compelling high quality science films. Her films have been screened in dozens of international festivals and won more than 70 major awards, including an Emmy for outstanding science programming. In this episode we discuss Sonya's latest film, Vitamania that digs deep into the vitamin industry. We chat about the safety of these products, the current regulations, and ask the question if we actually need them at all. The movie completely reshaped my opinion on the humble vitamin pill and I thoroughly recommend watching it. I hope you enjoyed this episode as much as I did. Let's get over to Sonya. Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 Nutrition and I am delighted to welcome Sonya Pemberton to the show. Good morning, Sonya. How are you?
01:40 Hello Stu. I'm very well. Thank you.
01:42 Good stuff. Well, thank you first up for sharing some of your time with us today. And before we get into the conversation, I would love it if you could just tell our listeners a little bit about who you are, what you do, and perhaps why you do it as well.
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