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    Dec 1st, 2011

    “Ted Lasso,” “I May Destroy You, “Small Axe,” Stephen Colbert Among Peabody Awards 2021 Nominations
    by Michael Schneider

    “I May Destroy You,” “Small Axe,” “Ted Lasso,” “The Good Lord Bird,” and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” are among this year’s entertainment nominees for the Peabody Awards.

    The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors on Tuesday announced this year’s nominees for entertainment, documentaries, news, podcast/radio, children’s & youth, public service, and arts. A total of 60 nominees were revealed as representing “the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and streaming media during 2020.”

    PBS once again led the nominations with 12 programs, followed by Netflix with nine. HBO was next with five, and then Amazon and Showtime with three each, and Apple TV Plus and CBS with two apiece. Out of the nominees, half (in other words, 30) will be named winners and recognized during a virtual celebration in June.

    A unanimous vote by the Peabody Awards Board’s 19 jurors is necessary to include on the final lists, which is how the 60 nominees are culled from over 1,300 entries.

    Other Peabody entries include HBO’s “Euphoria” special; “Gentefied”; “La Llorona”; and “Unorthoddox.”

    Issues addressed in this year’s nominees include COVID-19, voting rights, police violence, immigrant rights, and economic justice. Given the amount of news in 2020, the Peabody Awards nominated 16 programs in that category.

    “Peabody is proud to continue its tradition of recognizing diverse and emerging voices, those telling powerful stories that audiences need to engage with and hear,” said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of Peabody. “Once again, our nominees offer moral clarity for how we as ethical citizens might respond.”

    The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

    “During an incredibly turbulent and difficult year, these nominees rose to the occasion and delivered compelling and empowering stories,” said Martha Nelson, chair of the Peabody Board of Jurors. “From COVID-19 coverage to poignant explorations of identity, each nominee not only told a powerful story but also made a significant impact on media programming and the cultural landscape.”


    Dec 1st, 2011

    Here are this year’s 60 Peabody Award Nominees:


    “Euphoria Special: Part 1: Rue ‘Trouble Don’t Last Always’” (HBO)
    HBO in association with Reasonable Bunch, A24, Little Lamb, Dreamcrew, ADD Content Agency | HOT | TCDY Productions

    “Gentefied” (Netflix)

    “I May Destroy You” (HBO)
    HBO in association with BBC, Various Artists Limited, and FALKNA

    “La Llorona” (Shudder)
    La Casa de Produccíon

    “Never Have I Ever” (Netflix)
    Universal Television, in association with 3 Arts Entertainment, Original Langster, and Kaling International

    “Small Axe” (Amazon Prime Video)
    BBC Studios Americas, Inc. and Amazon Studios

    “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
    Apple / Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television

    “The Good Lord Bird” (Showtime)
    Showtime Presents Blumhouse Television, Mark 924 Entertainment, Under the Influence Productions

    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS)
    CBS Studios

    “Unorthodox” (Netflix)
    Studio Airlift and RealFilm for Netflix


    “76 Days” (virtual cinema)
    76 Days LLC / MTV Documentary Films

    “All In: The Fight for Democracy” (Amazon Prime Video)
    Story Syndicate

    “American Experience: The Vote” (PBS)
    A 42nd Parallel Film Production for American Experience

    “Asian Americans” (PBS)
    CAAM, WETA, Flash Cuts, LLC., Tajima-Peña Productions, ITVS

    “Athlete A” (Netflix)
    A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Impact Partners, Artemis Rising Foundation, Meadow Fund, Dobkin Family Foundation, Chicago Media Project, Grant Me the Wisdom Productions and An Actual Films Production

    “Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered: The Lost Children” (HBO)
    HBO Documentary Films, Show of Force, Get Lifted Film Company and Roc Nation

    “Collective” (HBO)
    Alexander Nanau Production, Samsa Film HBO Europe

    “Crip Camp” (Netflix)
    A Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke Production in association with Little Punk / JustFilms / Ford Foundation for Netflix

    “Disclosure” (Netflix)
    Disclosure Film in association with Field of Vision and Bow & Arrow Entertainment for Netflix

    “Immigration Nation” (Netflix)
    A Reel Peak Films Production for Netflix

    “In My Blood It Runs” (PBS)
    Closer Productions, American Documentary | POV

    “Independent Lens: Belly of the Beast” (PBS)
    Co-production of Belly of the Beast LLC, Idle Wild Films Inc., Black Public Media (BPM) and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    “Kingdom of Silence” (Showtime)
    Showtime Documentary Films presents Jigsaw Productions

    “Softie” (PBS)
    LBx AFRICA, American Documentary | POV, We Are Not The Machine, Eyesteel Film, Doc Society, BBC

    “The Cave” (National Geographic)
    A Danish Documentary Production, in Co-Production with Ma.Ja.De Hecat Studio Paris Madam Films for National Geographic Documentary Films

    “The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show” (Peacock)
    Big Beach

    “The Speed Cubers” (Netflix)
    A Netflix Original Documentary / A Saltwater/Romano Films Production in association with Wieden + Kennedy Studios

    “Time” (Amazon Prime Video)
    Concordia Studio, GB Feature, LLC and Amazon Studios

    “Welcome to Chechnya” (HBO)
    Public Square Films, Ninety Thousand Words, Maylo Films, BBC Storyville and HBO Documentary Films


    “ABC News 20/20 in collaboration with The Courier Journal: Say Her Name: Breonna Taylor” (ABC)
    ABC News 20/20 + Courier Journal

    “Battle For Hong Kong” (PBS)

    “Bravery and Hope: 7 Days on the Front Line” (CBS)
    CBS News

    “China Undercover” (PBS)

    “COVID’s Hidden Toll” (PBS)

    “FIRE – POWER – MONEY: Holding PG&E Accountable” (KXTV)

    “Full Disclosure” (KNXV)

    “Inside Idlib” (Sky News)
    Sky News

    “KARE 11 Investigates: Cruel & Unusual” (KARE)
    KARE 11-TV

    “Muslim in Trump’s America (Exposure)” (ITV)
    Fuuse Films

    “PBS NewsHour COVID-19 Coverage: Global Pandemic / MAKING SENSE: The Victims of the COVID Economy” (PBS)
    PBS NewsHour

    “PBS NewsHour: Desperate Journey” (PBS)
    PBS NewsHour

    “Policing the Police 2020” (PBS)

    “Undercover in the Schools that Chain Boys” (BBC)
    BBC News Arabic Documentaries

    “Vice on Showtime: Losing Ground” (Showtime)
    Vice News (Showtime)

    “Whose Vote Counts” (PBS)
    Frontline/WGBH, Columbia Journalism Investigations, USA Today Network


    “Stillwater” (Apple TV Plus)
    Apple / Scholastic Entertainment / Gaumont

    “The Owl House” (Disney Channel)
    Disney Television Animation


    “Floodlines” (theatlantic.com)
    The Atlantic

    “Language Keepers Podcast Series” (Emergence Magazine)
    Emergence Magazine

    “Mic Drop” (CBS Podcasts/TRX from PRX)
    CBC Podcasts

    “Post Reports: The Life of George Floyd” (washingtonpost.com)
    The Washington Post

    “The Land That Never Has Been Yet” (PRX)
    Scene on Radio

    “The Promise: Season 2” (Nashville Public Radio)
    Nashville Public Radio

    “This American Life Episode #713: Made to be Broken | Act 1 – Time Bandit” (thisamericanlife.org)
    This American Life

    “Unfinished: Deep South” (Stitcher)
    Stitcher, Market Road Films


    “Cops and Robbers” (Netflix)
    Lawrence Bender Productions

    “Facing Race” (KING)
    KING 5 TV

    “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” (Multi-cast on 46 networks and platforms)
    The Entertainment Industry Foundation, XQ Institute, Springhill Entertainment, Done & Dusted

    “Shaina” (Zimbabwe TV)
    Quizzical Pictures, USAID


    “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” (Turner Classic Movies)
    Be Natural Productions

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    Jun 18th, 2020

    I May Destroy You or Unorthodox is taking it.

    But in my heart the winner is The Good Lord Bird.

    Emmy winner Matthew Macfadyen!!

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    Jun 16th, 2019

    They award multiple shows.

    A Negroni. Sbagliato. With Prosecco in it.

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    Riley Chow
    Oct 11th, 2010

    If they only nominated ten for Entertainment, this year might be on the lower side in terms of winners, meaning seven.  This crop looks a little weak though, so maybe even six? Winners last year included heavy-hitters like Chernobyl, Fleabag, Succession, Watchmen and When They See Us.  The Queen’s Gambit is starting to miss, between this and BAFTA.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    Winners are being announced all week for some reason.


    I May Destroy You (HBO)
    HBO in association with BBC, Various Artists Limited, and FALKNA

    One of the year’s most critically-acclaimed series is the provocative brainchild of British screenwriter, director, producer, and actor, Michaela Coel. The story centers on her character Arabella, who awakens from a night on the town with fragmented memories of having been sexually assaulted. With a compelling narrative that mirrors the structural rhythms of psychological trauma, the show defines the emergent subgenre of consent drama and takes center stage in a developing cultural conversation around complex issues of sexuality and consent, freedom and abuse, friendship and trust.

    La Llorona (Shudder)
    La Casa de Producción

    Jayro Bustamante’s reworking of that well-known Latin American folk tale about a weeping woman relies on the lyrical potential of the ghost story genre. The power of this gripping film is its inventive approach to visualizing the pains of a nation’s collective memory. It is a quietly powerful indictment of justice delayed and a visceral embodiment of accountability politics that rightly centers Guatemala’s indigenous population.

    The Good Lord Bird (Showtime)
    Showtime Presents Blumhouse Television, Mark 924 Entertainment, Under the Influence Productions

    Part fiction, part history, and part dramatic satire, this Showtime limited series boldly yet humorously examines the enigmatic abolitionist John Brown. With Ethan Hawke’s rich and complex portrayal of a madman who would become a martyr, Brown’s competing legacies are given ample room to coexist. The miniseries can’t help but follow in his wake and give us an irreverent history lesson that feels fresh and pressing for our times.

    Unorthodox (Netflix)
    Studio Airlift and RealFilm for Netflix

    A riveting thriller, the series takes a hard look at how a religious community enforces strict gender roles to maintain its identity no matter the human cost. With the raw and authentic Shira Haas as Esty, Unorthodox merges a stark portrayal of religious oppression with a coming-of-age story that resonates with gritty, desperate innocence.

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)
    CBS Studios

    With filming restrictions in place, Stephen Colbert decided to move production of his CBS Late Show to his home outside of Charleston, a remarkably successful transformation of the late-night television model by a host inviting us into his home, rather than his typical comforting presence in our living rooms and bedrooms. Amidst suffering in a global pandemic, a public fed up with police violence against African Americans, and a morally contemptuous president fighting for his political life, Colbert’s kindness, gentle spirit, and deeply felt ethical nature provided a nightly salve the nation desperately needed.

    Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
    Apple/Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros Television and Universal Television

    What this presumably Ugly American, fish-out-of-water tale offers us is a charming dose of radical optimism, with an equally endearing Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso. It turns out that more than simply a sports coach, Ted is remarkably good at honest communication with others, affecting change by being a deeply good human, one with his own quiet anxieties and pain. The Apple TV+ series is the perfect counter to the enduring prevalence of toxic masculinity, both on-screen and off, in a moment when the nation truly needs inspiring models of kindness.

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    Dec 1st, 2011


    Collective (HBO Europe)
    Alexander Nanau Production, Samsa Film

    In the aftermath of a nightclub fire in Bucharest, the survivors suffering from non-life threatening burn injuries mysteriously begin dying. Journalists from the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper probe into why, and their enterprising investigation, supported by key whistleblowers, is captured by director Alexander Nanau’s intimate and breathtaking cinema vérité film. What unfolds is a staggering exposure of official corruption that reaches from the highest levels of government and infects the entire health care system.

    Immigration Nation (Netflix)
    A Reel Peak Films Production for Netflix

    Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz’s six-part documentary on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency shows how bureaucrats and officers working across different, seemingly unconnected domains make up a complex and terrorizing system. With rare access to detention facilities, ICE agents on duty, immigrant families, and lawyers and activists, the filmmakers reveal how individual and collective justifications of “we are just doing our job” rationalize a punishing system.

    Crip Camp (Netflix)
    A Higher Ground and Rusted Spoke Production in association with Little Punk/JustFilms/Ford Foundation

    Nicole Newnham and James LeBrecht’s film features a group of summer campers who first met at Camp Jened in upstate New York in the early 1970s and went on to become key players and activists in the Disability Rights Movement in the U.S. With an unapologetic spirit and a welcome cheekiness found in its archival footage, the documentary gives us a glimpse into the warmth of the teenagers’ discovery of independence, romance, and themselves, while also offering an inspiring history of a space where people found the strength and the sense of community to take on a fight to change the very world around us.

    76 Days
    76 Days LLC/MTV Documentary Films

    This is a hopeful film that does more than just document the beginning of the global pandemic in the lockdown period of Wuhan, China—the city in which cases of the coronavirus were first reported. It is a film about resilience, compassion, empathy, improvisation, the power of human touch and caring hearts as much as it is about panic, suffering, and indiscriminate victims. Using a direct cinema technique across four hospitals, the film captures frontline workers and the sick and dying while eschewing the story of politics and government action and statistics.

    Asian Americans (PBS)
    CAAM, WETA, Flash Cuts LLC, Tajima-Peña Productions, ITVS

    Renee Tajima-Peña’s five-part documentary series places Asian communities at the center of debates about belonging and citizenship in America. The series asks us to consider who gets to be at the center of these American stories, offering the requisite national, ethnic, religious, political, linguistic, and cultural diversity that make up Asian American communities across the country today. In turn, we move beyond a singular representative testimony and bear witness to varying, complex, and touching portraits of individuals, identities, enclaves, and movements, collectively born in the face of tragedy and in spite of the burdens of trauma.

    Time (Amazon Studios)
    Concordia Studio, GB Feature LLC and Amazon Studios

    This remarkable story of love and the impact of incarceration on a family is detailed through the multiple, often elusive registers of time—slow time, long time, happy time, missed time, hopeful time, and arrested time. In this brilliantly conceived, beautifully realized, and brutally honest chronicle, we travel with Fox Rich and her family toward her husband’s release and their collective freedom. Carefully building and then mining the archive of family memories, home movies, prison visits, high school and college graduations, filmmaker Garrett Bradley proffers viewers the power of dreams and the struggle to shape and sustain love and life across the divides of incarceration.

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    Dec 1st, 2011


    Post Reports: The Life of George Floyd (The Washington Post)

    George Floyd’s death ignited a global movement to end the plague of state violence against African Americans. Rather than focus on his death, The Washington Post sought to answer a simple but enlightening question: “What about his life?” Rather than a straightforward biography, their special podcast episode offers a more expansive view of Floyd’s life, keenly laying out how systemic racism operates across many institutions, creating sharply disparate outcomes in housing, education, the economy, law enforcement, and health care. The Post Reports team sketches a moving portrait of a man and of a nation, one that feels all the more archetypal for its familiar trappings.

    Floodlines (The Atlantic)

    This captivating podcast is a comprehensive story of Hurricane Katrina and its social, cultural, psychological, political, economic, and environmental aftermath and impact. From the national media’s ready-made criminalization of Black residents and their worthiness to be rescued, to the insensitive early response of national government officials, Floodlines also asks us to consider what happens to place, home, relationships, and community when politics, incompetence, and indifference are at the core of how we regard each other.


    PBS NewsHour: Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic (PBS)
    PBS NewsHour

    Relentless and comprehensive reporting from PBS NewsHour gave us the best news coverage of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Their work on “Global Pandemic” covered the pandemic’s human toll on five continents, in countries already hit hard by war, famine, and death. In the United States, “Making Sense: The Victims of COVID” put a spotlight on the millions who lost their jobs, the devastating impact on restaurants, and the near shutdown of the travel industry, while shedding new light on how the pandemic revealed and exacerbated astonishing racial disparities in American health outcomes.

    Whose Vote Counts (PBS/GBH)
    Frontline, Columbia Journalism Investigations, USA Today Network

    From the legal battles over primary election absentee ballots to how the pandemic would exacerbate unfounded concerns over “rampant voter fraud” in November, Whose Vote Counts presents a clear breakdown of the way racial inequities, COVID-19, and voter suppression became interlinked crises in 2020. In collaboration with Columbia Journalism Investigations, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and USA Today, the team at FRONTLINE and writer Jelani Cobb offer a probing and thorough investigation into the simple question of the piece’s title.

    Vice on Showtime: Losing Ground (Showtime)
    Vice News

    Correspondent Alzo Slade explores how a little-known type of ownership known as “heirs property” leaves African Americans especially vulnerable to losing their property to unscrupulous developers through arcane and ethically questionable legal mechanisms. The abstract maneuvers occur in piecemeal, hard-to-follow fashion, but the cumulative result is that entire families are displaced and inheritances lost. Losing Ground dramatizes how the law so often favors the ruthless and illuminates a dark side of American property rights.

    Muslim in Trump’s America (Exposure) (ITV)
    Fuuse Films

    In this rigorously reported film that chronicles the dangerous climate created around Muslims and other groups targeted during Trump’s presidency, director Deeyah Khan investigates the connection between rising hate crimes and state-sponsored racism with stories of those at the center of the storm: the downward spiral of a Kansas farmer serving 30 years for an anti-Muslim bomb plot; the conspiracy-filled world of right wing, armed militia who believe that Islam is infiltrating the United States; the painful reality of Muslims whose loved ones were hunted and killed by white supremacists; and the complex duties of embattled lawmakers such as Minnesota’s Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.

    Full Disclosure (KNXV-TV)
    ABC15 Arizona

    Digging into Arizona’s “Brady list,” a system designed to track police officers with histories of lying and committing crimes in hopes of keeping police accountable, this hour-long special from ABC15 Arizona offers a stark portrait not only of why the system is broken, but why it has never been fixed. The yearlong investigation, with exhaustive reporting and damning video footage, demonstrates how law enforcement agencies rarely adhere to their own legal standards in keeping and disseminating such misconduct reports.

    China Undercover (PBS/GBH)

    This documentary uncovers the story of China’s arresting an estimated two million Uyghur Muslims and putting them in concentration camps—what experts says is the largest mass incarceration of an ethnic group since the Holocaust. But the report also makes the case that this is a massive experiment in developing the most complete surveillance state in history, as the government employs technologies such as advanced algorithmic facial recognition software and houses marked with digital barcodes to monitor and ultimately detain Muslims whose behavior is “predicted” as threatening.


    Facing Race (KING-TV)
    KING 5

    This audacious series tackles the deep-rooted subject of racial inequality, racism, racial privilege, and the systematic ways in which race structures and impacts the public and personal life of Seattle residents. From criminal justice to health disparities, environmental racism to land policy ramifications for Native American communities, the reporting team covers the magnitude and depth of the story sensitively yet critically. In particular, the series is attentive as well to the powerful emotional and psychological impact of racism and racial trauma, particularly among parents, trans-racial adoptees, and multiracial youth.


    The Owl House (Disney Channel)
    Disney Television Animation

    Alice in Wonderland. Dorothy in Oz. Coraline in Other World. To that list we should now add: Luz in Boiling Isles. Luz crosses a mysterious threshold and finds herself in a magical, colorful land where she finds both the strength and the support group she needs to become who she’s meant to be. The Dana Terrace-created animated series builds a wildly inventive other world that makes room for everyone and gives queer kids a welcome template alongside which to explore their own budding creative energies.

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    Dec 1st, 2011

    The remaining winners announced today:

    The 2021 Peabody Awards revealed its final group of winners on Thursday, with Small Axe and Oscar doc shortlist film Welcome to Chechnya among the final batch of recipients.

    The awards recognize the most compelling and empowering stories released across broadcast and streaming media in 2020.

    Cynthia Erivo presented the Small Axe award to Steve McQueen. Ronan Farrow presented the award for Welcome to Chechnya, and Soledad O’Brien presented the award for The Cave, Thursday’s second documentary award recipient.

    News winners revealed Thursday are ABC News 20/20: Breonna Taylor, presented by Taraji P. Henson to Michael Strahan and Deborah Roberts, and PBS NewsHour: Desperate Journey, presented by America Ferrera. Apple TV+’s Stillwater won a Peabody Award, presented by Goldie Hawn, in the children’s and youth category.

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    Jun 10th, 2021

    Floodlines (The Atlantic) This captivating podcast is a comprehensive story of Hurricane Katrina and its social, cultural, psychological, political, economic, and environmental aftermath and impact. From the national media’s ready-made criminalization of Black residents and their worthiness to be rescued, to the insensitive early response of national government officials, Floodlines also asks us to consider what happens to place, home, relationships, and community when politics, incompetence, and indifference are at the core of how we regard each other.

    I had no idea about this and live in my own podcast bubble. I’m going to listen to it now.

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