"BDC: The Price of Peace" by Channel Production Films Won a New York Emmy® Awards for Best Documentary

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A tribute to world peace in this turbulent time in Middle East.

On Camera Talent Leon Charney accepts New York Emmy Awards for the documentary “BDC: The Price of Peace” with Producer Matthew Tollin and Director Harry Hunkele

57th Annual New York Emmy Awards - Photo by Arkadiy Birger

This documentary is an important reminder that peace can be achieved not through guns and bombs but through the lost art of diplomacy and the necessary secrecy involved.

“BDC: the Price of Peace” produced by Channel Production Films won the best documentary for the 57th annual New York Emmy® Awards.

Based on the book “Back Door Channels,” written by Leon H. Charney, the documentary "BDC: The Price of Peace" reveals the negotiations leading up to one of the greatest historical achievements: the 1978-1979 Camp David Peace Accords and Treaty between Egypt and Israel.

“On March 26 this year, it was the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Israeli-Egyptian Peace Treaty, and this documentary is an important reminder that peace can be achieved not through guns and bombs but through the lost art of diplomacy and the necessary secrecy involved,” said Charney, who played a consequential role as a backdoor channel and advisor to President Jimmy Carter throughout the Middle East peace process.

“Our team felt extremely passionate to make this film. And for us to receive this Emmy® Award, is not only a great validation for our work, but allows a new generation to hear a great message about world peace,” said Matthew Tollin, Executive Producer of the documentary.

The New York Emmy® Awards celebrate excellence in television on all platforms,” said Jacqueline Gonzalez, Executive Director of NY NATAS. “This documentary showcases passion in the subject and great production talent. I congratulate the team on their Emmy® win.”

"PBS was proud to bring “BDC: The Price of Peace to our viewers in the tri-state area," said John Servidio, WLIW21’s General Manager. "It’s the kind of thoughtful, engaging programming that audiences look to public media to provide."

"BDC: The Price of Peace" was screened at film festivals around the world before it was aired on PBS. Variety called it “riveting” and “enthralling”. The documentary is produced by Matthew Tollin, directed by Harry Hunkele, cinematography by William Fitzgerald and media developed by Limei Wang. It features a powerhouse cast including President Jimmy Carter, Leon Charney, Henry Kissinger and Wolf Blitzer among others.

The New York Emmy® Awards ceremony was held at New York Time Square Marriott Marquis, and will be broadcast on Channel 75 on Time Warner Cable in NY on Sunday, April 13th at 9pm. Encore presentation airs Sunday, April 20th at 1pm.

About Channel Production Films
Channel Production Films is an independent production company centered on the documentary film and television space and focuses on poignant and impactful stories of people and events, which have far-reaching, global repercussions yet relay an intimate human dimension. http://www.channelproductionfilms.com.

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