HHMI Tangled Bank Studios wins big at the Jackson Wild Media Awards

Jackson, WY (September 27, 2019) - HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Passion Pictures proudly accepted the Jackson Wild Media Awards for Best Impact Film - Long Form and Best Science in Nature Film - Long Form for THE SERENGETI RULES. HHMI Tangled Bank Studios was also pleased to accept the Jackson Wild Special Jury Award for OUR GORONGOSA, a film produced in partnership with Gorongosa Media.

We believe the world needs positive stories about our natural world now more than ever,” said Sean B. Carroll, executive director of HHMI Tangled Bank Studios. “We’re extremely honored that the Jackson Wild community recognized the teams behind these two beautiful films that inspire viewers to believe that there is still hope for the fate of our planet.”

The 2019 Jackson Wild Media Awards, which took place at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming on Thursday, September 26, celebrate excellence and innovation in nature, science and conservation storytelling.

THE SERENGETI RULES directed by Nicolas Brown tells the stories of a small band of scientists, whose work began in the 1960s when, driven by insatiable curiosity, they headed out into remote wilderness to learn about how nature works.  The film is a New York Times ‘critics pick,’  has been screening at festivals and theaters around the world, and has won numerous recognitions including Wildscreen’s Panda Award for best theatrical, the American Conservation Film Festival’s top award, The Green Fire Award, and the Golden Owl Prize for Best Science Documentary Film from the Bergen International Film Festival. A broadcast version of the film will air on PBS/Nature on October 9, 2019.

OUR GORONGOSA, which was released in 2019 in partnership with Gorongosa Media, tells the story of Gorongosa National Park and how it is redefining the identity and purpose of an African National Park. Narrated by elephant ecologist Dominique Gonçalves, OUR GORONGOSA shows how careful conservation and community development can create a bright future for the animals, the people, and the planet.


About HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

HHMI Tangled Bank Studios is a mission-driven production company that crafts exceptional films about science and scientists for broadcast, theatrical and digital distribution. As storytellers within a world class science organization, we are uniquely positioned to shine a light on some of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of our time – and explain why they matter. Recent films include The Farthest – Voyager In Space, which won an Emmy for best science documentary; The Serengeti Rules, a NY Times ‘critic’s pick’ which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and will broadcast on PBS/Nature; and Inventing Tomorrow, which premiered at Sundance and aired on PBS/POV. For more information, please visit

About Passion Pictures

Passion Planet, a division of Passion Pictures is a global production company with a worldwide reputation for its commercials, animation, feature documentaries and landmark television productions. With three Oscars, three BAFTAs, and numerous Emmy awards Passion Pictures’ film and television department has a world-renowned output with notable titles including: Academy Award-winning One Day in September, Academy Award-nominated Restrepo, Academy shortlisted The Tillman Story (Winner: Best Historical Doc Emmy 2012), BAFTA-winning The Imposter, Academy Award and BAFTA-winning Searching For Sugar Man, Golden Panda and Emmy-winning My Life as a Turkey, and the Netflix original Academy Award-nominated Winter On Fire. Passion Planet is a department set up by four-time Emmy Award winning producer/director David Allen to focus on natural history and specialist factual documentaries. The Serengeti Rules is Passion Planet’s latest feature length production. Visit for more information.

About Gorongosa Media

Gorongosa Media is an in-house production unit of the Carr Foundation that supports the communication and storytelling needs of the Gorongosa Project in Mozambique. We produce media for general-audience TV programs, digital videos, educational films, grassroots behavior-change and environmental education films, live events, partner communications, etc. Through the power of media, we hope to educate and inspire, persuade and engage, and help save this world treasure for generations to come. Our approach is tailored to diverse audiences in several languages in multiple locations - international, in-country, and in communities around the park.