77th Annual Peabody Awards Nominate Best in Storytelling — 60 Nominees Represent Most Compelling and Empowering Electronic Media for 2017

Apr 10, 2018  •  Post A Comment

Press release from the Peabody Awards, April 10, 2018:

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have selected 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017. The nominees were selected from approximately 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Hasan Minhaj_TheDailyShow“True to tradition, we are proud to present a rich mix of excellence in the craft of storytelling,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “These stories reflect important social issues and exemplify the power of diverse voices and platforms in media today.”

Over the next several weeks, the winning Peabody 30 programs and content will be revealed in a succession of announcements by category: Documentary on April 17; Entertainment/Children’s & Youth on April 19; and News/Radio/Public Service programming on April 24. The first-ever Peabody Career Achievement Award presented by Mercedes-Benz will be announced on April 12.

Peabody Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at a gala evening event on Saturday, May 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Hasan Minhaj (see photo), comedian, writer and senior correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” will serve as host. In April 2017, he hosted the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C. Later this year, he will host his own weekly comedy show on Netflix. His comedy special, “Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King,” released on Netflix last year, is nominated for a Peabody Award.

The presenting sponsor is Mercedes-Benz, the official automobile of the 77th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony. Supporting sponsor is The Coca-Cola Co. Variety is the exclusive media partner.

The 60 Peabody Awards Nominees, listed by category and in alpha order (network/platform in parentheses) are:


“Andi Mack”                                      Horizon Productions               (Disney Channel)

“A Series of Unfortunate Events”       Netflix                                     (Netflix)


“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”           A Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with the Center for Asian American Media and in association with Blue Ice        (PBS/WGBH)

“America ReFramed: Deej”                 American Documentary, Inc., WORLD Channel, Rooy Media LLC, ITVS                                                                                               (WORLD Channel)

“Chasing Coral”                                   An Exposure Labs Production                         (Netflix)

“City of Ghosts”                                 Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, Our Time Projects, in association with                                                                        Jigsaw Productions                                         (A&E)

“Heroin(e)”                                          A Netflix Original Documentary in association with The Center for Investigative Reporting, A Requisite Media Production           (Netflix)

“I Have A Message For You”              The New York Times Op-Docs                      (The New York Times)

“Indivisible”                                        Fuse Media                                                     (Fuse/Linear Broadcast)

“Last Men in Aleppo”                         American Documentary | POV, Larm Film      (PBS)

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise”        The People’s Poet Media Group, LLC, Thirteen’s American Masters for                                                                        WNET and ITVS in association with Artemis Rising  (PBS/WNET/TV)

“Motherland”                           CineDiaz Inc., ITVS, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

“Newtown”                              Mile 22 LLC, ITVS, in association with KA Snyder Productions, Cuomo Cole                                                             Productions, Artemis Rising and Transform Films      (PBS)

“Planet Earth II”                      BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, with BBC AMERICA  (BBC AMERICA)

“Strong Island”                        Yanceville Films, LLC and Louverture Films, LLC    (Netflix)

“The Bad Kids”                       Low Key Pictures in association with the Filmmaker Fund      (PBS)

“The Defiant Ones”                 HBO Entertainment and Silverback 5150 Pictures in association with Alcon Television Group                                                         (HBO)

“The Islands and the Whales”             Intrepid Cinema, Radiator Film                        (PBS)

“Time: The Kalief Browder Story”      Spike TV, The Cinemart, Roc Nation             (Spike)

“Tower”                                   Tower Documentary LLC, Go Valley Productions, ITVS, in association with Meredith Vieira Productions and Killer Impact           (PBS)

“Oklahoma City”                     American Experience                          (PBS/WGBH Education Foundation)


“Alias Grace”              A Halfire Entertainment Production in association with CBC for Netflix        (Netflix)

“American Vandal”     CBS Television Studios for Netflix                  (Netflix)

“Bala Loca”                 Chilevision-Turner, Chilean National Television Council, Filmo Estudios


“Better Call Saul”                    Sony Pictures Television, Gran Via Productions          (AMC)

“Halt and Catch Fire”  AMC Studios/Gran Via Productions                           (AMC)

“Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King”              Netflix, Art & Industry                        (Netflix)

“Insecure”                               HBO Entertainment in association with Issa Rae Productions  (HBO)

“Jazz Night in America”          NPR, WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center                          (NPR)

“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”           HBO Entertainment                             (HBO)

“Legion”                                  FX Productions, Marvel Television                              (FX Networks)

“One Day at a Time”               Sony Pictures Television for Netflix                                       (Netflix)

“Saturday Night Live: Political Satire 2017”     SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and   Broadway Video                                           (NBC)

“Star Trek: Discovery” CBS Television Studios                                                           (CBS All Access)

“The Good Place”                    Universal Television, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment (NBC)

“The Handmaid’s Tale”           Hulu, MGM, White Oak Pictures, The Littlefield Company,

Daniel Wilson Productions                  (Hulu)

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”  Amazon Studios                                 (Amazon)


“Big Buses, Bigger Problems: Taxpayers Taken for a Ride”                NBC5/KXAS-TV Dallas-Fort Worth


“Charlottesville: Race & Terror”          VICE Media                             (HBO)

“Cracking the Code” &                        WVUE-TV, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune/Clear Health Costs “Medical Waste”                                                                        (WVUE-TV)

“Fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria”           CNN                           (CNN)

“Human Toll in Yemen”                      BBC News                   (BBC World News/BBC World News America)

“Inside Putin’s Russia  “                      PBS NewsHour            (PBS, WETA)

“Leyla Santiago’s Hurricane Maria Coverage” CNN   (CNN)

“My Reality: A Hidden America”        ABC News 20/20         (ABC)

“Plight of Rohingya Refugees”            BBC News                   (BBC World News)

“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Strongman-Ramzan Kadyrov”            HBO Sports     (HBO)

“The Whistleblower”                          CBS News 60 Minutes (CBS)

“USA Gymnastics”                             CBS News 60 Minutes (CBS)


“The Cut: Exploring FGM”                  Al Jazeera Correspondent        (Al Jazeera)

“Predator In My Phone”                      R.AGE, Star Media Group       (R.AGE)

“Sex.Right.Now. with Cleo Stiller”      Fusion Media Group                (FUSION)


“Ear Hustle”                Radiotopia from PRX                          (Radiotopia from PRX)

“Lost Mothers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.”           NPR and ProPublica    (NPR)

“74 Seconds”               Minnesota Public Radio, American Public Media        (MPR News)

“S-Town”                    Serial and This American Life             (stownpodcast.org)

“Seeing White”            The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (podcast.cdsporch.org)

“The Pope’s Long Con”   Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Louisville Public Media

(Louisville Public Media)

“The View from Room 205”   WBEZ-Chicago Public Media  (WBEZ)

“Uncivil: The Raid”                 Gimlet Media                                      (Gimlet Media)

About Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture society’s most important issues—known as the Peabody 30. Honorees must be unanimously chosen by the Peabody Board of Jurors, a diverse assembly of industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists who each bring a unique perspective of what constitutes a story that matters. From major Hollywood productions to local journalism, the network of Peabody Awards winners is a definitive collection of society’s most important stories and storytellers, including winners that have ranged from Edward R. Murrow, Carol Burnett, and David Letterman to “The Sopranos,” “Sesame Street,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Serial.” The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens today. For more information, visit peabodyawards.com to sign up for our newsletter or follow @PeabodyAwards on Twitter.

About Grady College

Established in 1915, the UGA Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication offers undergraduate majors in journalism, advertising, public relations, digital and broadcast journalism, and mass media arts. The college offers several graduate degrees. For more information, visit www.grady.uga.edu or follow @UGAGrady on Twitter.

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