PBS Dominates Peabody Awards For Documentaries With Five Of Nine Winners

Deadline | 4/16/2018 | Dade Hayes
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While Netflix and Spike projects were among the winners of Peabody Awards for documentary, the category was dominated by PBS, whose titles took five of the nine total prizes.

The honorees include “stories that give insight to the lingering grief of communities after mass shootings, the impact of climate change on Earth’s oceans, and young activists fighting for a path to citizenship,” the organization said in announcing the prizes. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Peabody - Award - Winners - Carol - Burnett

Peabody Award winners, including Carol Burnett, recipient of the first Peabody Career Achievement Award presented by Mercedes-Benz, will be celebrated on Saturday, May 19 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Hasan Minhaj of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will serve as host.

Still to be announced are Peabody nominees for Entertainment/Children’s & Youth on April 19 and News/Radio/Public Service programming on April 24.

Winners - Comments - Judges

Here are the documentary winners, with comments from the judges:

A bold step forward in inclusive filmmaking that allows David James (Deej) Savares, a nonspeaking young man with autism, to tell his own story, focusing on accomplishment and possibility, not limits and barriers.

Film - Documents - Photographs - Effects - Climate

This surprisingly emotional film expertly documents, through time-lapse underwater photographs, the effects of climate change on the rapid decimation of the world’s coral reefs, events known as coral bleaching that affected 29 percent of the shallow-water coral in the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 alone.

An urgent, intimate portrait of heartbreak and determination, disappointment and victory as three young Dreamers navigate confusing immigration policy, bad faith on the part...
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