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Peabody Awards Name Individual and Institutional Winners, 60 Finalists for 75th Anniversary

Apr 12, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Press release from Peabody Awards, April 12, 2016:

For the first time in its 75-year history, 60 finalists have been named by the Peabody Awards’ Board of Jurors for 2015, from which a set number of winning programs will be chosen. To be known as The Peabody 30, these selections will be unveiled beginning next week, and honored at the 75th anniversary Peabody ceremony on May 21 in New York.

Additionally, three individual and institutional winners have been announced for Peabody Awards, which are based out of the University of Georgia. Late-night titan David Letterman and documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson will be recognized for their contributions to electronic media, and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will receive an institutional Peabody.

The Peabody 30 will be revealed in a succession of announcements by category, beginning April 19 with the news, radio/podcast, public service and Web winners via Facebook Live. Entertainment and children’s/youth winners will be announced on “The Today Show” on April 21, and documentary and educational winners via Facebook Live on April 26.

Peabody Awards Director Jeffrey P. Jones said, “What better way to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Peabody Awards than to recognize two individuals and a television program that have transformed the cultural landscape through their unique contributions.”

The gala will be televised in a 90-minute special, “The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards,” airing on Pivot, Monday, June 6 (8 p.m. ET/PT).

The 60 Peabody Awards Finalists (network/platform in parentheses)

“Abdi and the Golden Ticket” (This American Life)

This American Life

Radio/Podcast

“All In with Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore” (MSNBC)

MSNBC’S All in with Chris Hayes

News

“American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam” (PBS)

A Moxie Firecracker Production for American Experience, WGBH

Documentary

“American Experience: Walt Disney” (PBS)

A Sarah Colt Productions Film with the participation of Arte for American Experience, WGBH

Documentary

“Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)

Red Crown Productions, Participant Media, Come What May Productions, New Balloon

“Black-ish” (ABC)

ABC Studios

Entertainment

“Book of Negroes” (BET Networks)

Conquering Lion Pictures

Entertainment

“Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times” (WTAE-TV)

WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh

News

“Catastrophe” (Amazon Video)

Avalon Television/Amazon Studios

Entertainment

CNN’s Coverage of Guns in America (CNN & CNN Digital)

CNN

News

“Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis” (WFAA-TV)

WFAA-TV, Dallas

News

“Desperate Journey” (PBS, WETA-TV)

PBS NewsHour

News

“Deutschland 83” (SundanceTV)

Fremantle International/Kino Lorber

Entertainment

“Divided by Law” (KUAT-TV)

Arizona Public Media

Radio/Podcast

Do Not Track (donottrack.us)

Upian, National Film Board of Canada, Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, CBC/Radio-Canada

Web

European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/Year of Migration (BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio)

BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio

News

“Fargo Installment 2” (FX Networks)

FX Productions, MGM Studios

Entertainment

“Fresh Off The Boat” (ABC)

20th Century Fox Television

Entertainment

“Gardeners of Eden” (Pivot)

Ganesh Forever

Documentary

“Get Real–Heart of the Haze” (Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp Pte Ltd)

Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp Pte Ltd

Public Service

“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” (CNN)

PCH Films

Documentary

“Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief” (HBO)

Jigsaw Productions, HBO Documentary Films, and Sky Atlantic

Documentary

“Gravity Falls” (Disney XD)

Disney Television Animation

Children’s/Youth

“Growing Up Trans” (PBS/WGBH)

FRONTLINE

Documentary

“How to Dance in Ohio” (HBO)

HBO Documentary Films, Gidalya Pictures, and Blumhouse

Documentary

“Independent Lens: 1971” (PBS)

Maximum Pictures LLC and the Independent Television Service in Association with Big Mouth Productions, Motto Pictures and Fork Films

Documentary

“Independent Lens: India’s Daughter” (PBS)

Assassin Films, BBC Storyville, UK-INDIA, and Tathagat Films in association with Gamini Plyatissa Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, DR, Plus Pictures Aps, CBC News Network, SVT, IKON, RTS, SRF and RAI

Documentary

“Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” (PBS)

Through a Lens Darkly, LLC, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with the National Black Programming Consortium

Documentary

“Inheritance” (PBS/WGBH)

FRONTLINE

Web

“Injured Heroes, Broken Promises” (KXAS-TV, NBC 5)

KXAS-TV, NBC 5, Dallas-Ft. Worth

News

“Invisibilia” (NPR)

National Public Radio

Radio/Podcast

“ISIS in Afghanistan” (PBS/WGBH)

FRONTLINE

Documentary

“Katie Morag” (Cbeebies)

Move on Up

Children’s/Youth

“Listen to Me Marlon” (Showtime)

Showtime Documentary Films Presents, A Passions Pictures Production, Cutler Productions

Documentary

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” (Netflix)

Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix

Entertainment

“Master of None” (Netflix)

Universal TV, Oh Brudder Productions, Alan Yang Productions, Fermulon

Entertainment

“Meet the Composer” (WQXR.org)

WQXR’s Q2 Music

Radio/Podcast

“MR. ROBOT” (USA Network)

Universal Cable Productions

Entertainment

“Night Will Fall” (HBO)

Spring Films, Angel TV, and Ratpac Documentary Films in association with HBO Documentary Films

Documentary

“911: Lost On The Line” (WXIA-TV)

WXIA-TV

News

“POV: Don’t Tell Anyone” (No Le Digas a Nadie) (PBS)

American Documentary Inc. | POV

Documentary

“Precious Lives” (WUVM, WNOV, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)

371 Productions

Radio/Podcast

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields” (HBO)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel

News

“Secret Mustard Gas Experiments” (NPR News)

National Public Radio

News

“60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity” (CBS)

CBS News 60 Minutes

News

“60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America” (CBS)

CBS News 60 Minutes

News

“The Case for School Desegregation Today” (This American Life)

This American Life

Radio/Podcast

“The Cosby Accusers Speak” (NBC)

Dateline NBC

News

The Counted: People killed by police in the United States (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings/)

The Guardian US

Web

“The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” (HBO)

Hit the Ground Running

Documentary

The LaQuan McDonald Investigation (WMAQ-TV)

WMAQ-TV, Chicago

News

“The Leftovers” (Season 2) (HBO)

HBO Entertainment and Warner Bros Television in association with Damon Lindelof Productions and Film 44

Entertainment

“The Memory Palace” (http://thememorypalace.us/, Radiotopia)

Nate Dimeo

Radio/Podcast

“The Rain Forest Was Here–Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon” (NPR Broadcast + Digital npr.org)

National Public Radio

Radio/Podcast

“Transparent” (Amazon Video)

Amazon Studios

Entertainment

“UnREAL” (Lifetime)

A+E Studios

Entertainment

“VEEP” (Season 4) (HBO)

HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions

Entertainment

“What Happened, Miss Simone?” (Netflix)

A Radical Media Production in association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix

Documentary

“Wild Kratts” (PBS Kids)

Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group

Children’s/Youth Programming

“Wolf Hall” (PBS)

A Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures Production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience

Entertainment

About the individual and institutional winners

With a gap-toothed grin and a mind full of mischief, David Letterman sauntered onto the late-night TV landscape in 1982, ripped it up and remodeled it in the image we see now on every network and in every late-night host. Letterman’s irreverence, his outlandish gags and his prickly personality all resonated with wary, post-modern viewers. But if he was a brat in the hilarious early years, he literally grew up on the air, maturing into a late-night statesman as comfortable with a sincere commentary as a stupid pet trick. He came to us an enfant terrible, he retired a legend.

A prolific documentary filmmaker, a seeker of truth and justice, Stanley Nelson has examined the history and experience of African-Americans in a powerful, revelatory body of work that includes three Peabody winners–“The Murder of Emmet Till,” “Freedom Summer” and “Freedom Riders” –and ranges from “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple” to “Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice.” A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson is also co-founder of Firelight Media, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing young documentary filmmakers who advance underrepresented stories.

For decades there had been programs on television that spoofed newsmakers and current events, but “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was something different, transformative. In an era of politicized, echo-chamber news channels and traditional-journalism timidity, Stewart and a cohort of talented farceurs, several of whom have also become household names, didn’t just make jokes about news, they became a crucial source of news for citizens united in their disappointment and disgust with politics and cable news. While “The Daily Show” is a program that existed before and after Jon Stewart’s tenure, there is little doubt that Stewart and his team, over the course of 17 years, made a lasting impact on political satire, television comedy and even politics itself.

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