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Apr 7, 2003  •  Post A Comment

For the second time in its history, ABC News’ Nightline has won two George Foster Peabody Awards in the same year, one for a program that focused on the recovery of burn victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and the other for a week-long series on conflict in the Congo.
CNN and correspondent Nic Robertson won a Peabody for the Terror on Tape series that included videotapes of al Qaeda terror training.
CBS and 48 Hours won for 9/11, which was shaped from video shot by French brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet, who set out to film a documentary about a New York City fire company and found themselves and their subjects at the World Trade Center when it was toppled by terrorists.
PBS and WGBH-TV won Peabodys, one for ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre’s contemporary variation on Othello and one for the Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection presentation of Almost a Woman.
Entertainment programs receiving Peabodys included NBC freshman Boomtown and Fox’s Boston Public.
Individual TV station winners were Hearst-Argyle-owned WISN-TV in Milwaukee, Post-Newsweek-owned KPRC-TV in Houston and Belo-owned WFAA-TV in Dallas.
A total of 31 awards will be handed out at the 62nd annual Peabody lunch, to be hosted by ABC News’ Barbara Walters May 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. The ceremony will be telecast in June by A&E.
A complete list of Peabody recipients is available at www.peabody.uga.edu.
Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Prince Set Deals at WB TV
CSI producer Jerry Bruckheimer has re-upped with Warner Bros. Television, signing a new four-year deal reportedly worth a minimum of $10 million. The deal covers drama, comedy and reality programming from Bruckheimer Television. Warner Bros. TV also signed American Dreams creator Jonathan Prince to a two-year, seven-figure deal to develop comedy and drama projects and bring in young talent to the studio, according to Daily Variety.
Horowitz LMNO Production VP
Ed Horowitz was named VP of production at LMNO Productions, a prolific independent producer of reality television. Mr. Horowitz joins LMNO from Bruce Nash Entertainment, where he was supervising producer on three shows, including NBC’s Meet My Folks. At LMNO, Mr. Horowitz will oversee production of all network, cable and syndicated programming. He replaces Gareth Provan.
First U.S. Journalist Dies Covering Iraq War
Michael Kelly, 46, former editor-in-chief of The Atlantic Monthly, has become the first American journalist and the first “embedded” journalist to die while covering the war in Iraq. He died along with an American soldier in an accident involving the crash of their humvee military vehicle, according to U.S. officials.
A staunch advocate of President Bush, Kelly had previously covered the 1991 Gulf War for The New Republic, GQ and The Boston Globe. His experiences there were chronicled in the book “Martyrs’ Day,” for which Mr. Kelly won the PEN-Martha Albrand award. In Iraq for Atlantic and The Washington Post, he had embedded with the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.
David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, said in a statement: “The Atlantic has had 145 years of good times and bad, but no moment more deeply sad than this one now. The best we can make of this hour is to surround his wife and children and parents and family with some measure of the love we have for Michael.”