At this week's Creative Arts Emmy Awards, Years of Living Dangerously tied with American Masters for the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series award. Co-creator of the series with Joel Bach, David Gelber '63 also serves as an executive producer. Consisting of nine episodes, the series focuses on climate change and features a number of experts and celebrities who help break down complicated scientific concepts into an entertaining and graspable message for viewers.
“I think climate change now is where civil rights was in 1957," says Gelber in a recent profile in The Bulletin. "Other than nuclear war, I can’t think of anything out there that’s more potentially disastrous than human interference with the climate. And yet, we had three presidential debates in summer 2012 and not one question was asked about climate change. That’s astonishing.” Gelber says an aim of the series is to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Gelber spent 29 years at CBS News, mostly as Ed Bradley's producer at 60 Minutes. He also was executive producer of Peter Jennings Reporting at ABC News, where he won Emmy and DuPont Awards for his coverage of the war in Bosnia.
Years of Living Dangerously, which aired this spring on Showtime, also received a nomination for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming. View the full list of 2014 Emmy nominees and winners.