RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK TO RECEIVE THE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD RECOGNIZING CAREER
It's just been announced that Ric Esther Bienstock will be honoured with the Gordon Sinclair Award. Each year the Canadian Screen Academy to awards the prize to a filmmaker who has made an exceptional body of work in Canadian television journalism, or for significant contribution to the international profile of Canadian television journalism not necessarily in a single year.
Here is what the Academy had to say about Ric:
Ric Esther Bienstock’s documentary films have aired on networks in over 50 countries and have covered topics as diverse as corruption in professional boxing, the trafficking of women, the hard-core pornography industry, single mothers by choice, human organ trafficking and the Ebola outbreak in Zaire. Her films have won almost every major award for excellence in broadcast media.
Her honours include an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, the duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, the Scripps Howard Award, an Amnesty International Award, the British Broadcast Award for Best Documentary, a Royal Television Society Award, two Gemini Awards and a Genie Award for Best Documentary.
Her most recent film, Tales From the Organ Trade, tackles the international black market trade in human organs. The film has garnered two Emmy nominations and received the Norman Bethune Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting. Previously, Bienstock went undercover to produce SEX SLAVES, her exposé into the trafficking of women from the former Soviet bloc into the global sex trade. She also spent five weeks at the epicenter of an outbreak for Ebola: Inside An Outbreak (aka The Plague Fighters) which brought her the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award.