The Peabody Awards, which traditionally celebrate excellence in storytelling on TV, radio and digital platforms, are implementing a number of changes that may elevate the organization’s profile.
Writing in Variety, Tim Gray reports that the changes include bringing aboard “Saturday Night Live” alum and “Portlandia” co-creator Fred Armisen to host the ceremony, set for May 31, and adding a televised red-carpet ceremony.
In a statement, Jeffrey P. Jones, director of the University of Georgia’s George Foster Peabody Awards, said: “Armisen is not just a comedian but an inspired citizen whose singular take on life and politics exemplifies the Peabody mission to honor stories that matter.”
“Portlandia,” the brainchild of Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, won a Peabody in 2011. More recently, Armisen and Kristen Bell received good reviews for their hosting of the Indie Spirit Awards in February.
Writes Gray: “The Peabody style is changing, with winners announced in four stages over a two-week period (including a portion on ‘Good Morning America’), while the evening ceremony will be aired as a primetime special on Pivot.”
Please click on the link near the top of this story for more about that evolution of the Peabody Awards in Gray’s Variety story.