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article imagePeabody Awards: 'Girls' and 'Dr. Who' among winners

By Tim O'Brien     Mar 27, 2013 in Entertainment
They are prestigious and they often trump other awards in the genre in which they win. They are the Peabody Awards and the winners were announced today (March 27).
The University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication has announced 39 winners of these awards. In the release, it notes that the Peabody recipients reflect diversity in content, genre and sources of origination.
“Reviewing submissions for Peabody consideration is a truly exciting process,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards. “Producers and organizations send us their best work from the previous year. It is an astonishing array of outstanding media accomplishment," he said.
Imagine picking what is the best and then picking from that group. "From this array, we must select the ‘best of the best.’ It’s not always easy, but it always demonstrates the meaning of true excellence in electronic media,” Newcomb indicated.
"Southland" (TNT); John Wells Production in association with Warner Bros Television
Note: Gritty cop drama dropped by a network and picked up on cable.
"Switched at Birth" (ABC Family); Prodco, Inc. in association with ABC Family
Note: Teenage daughters who really were swtiched at birth.
"D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List" (Comedy Central); Comedy Central, Five Timz Productions
Note: Comedian on a crusade.
"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (HBO); HBO
Note: Consistent and quality content gets the nod here.
"Game Change" (HBO); Playtone Productions and Everyman Pictures in association with HBO Films
Note: Often-awarded show about the pick of Sarah Palin.
"Louie" (FX); Pig Newton, Inc., FX Productions
Note: A milestone of comedic reach and candor was noted.
"Girls" (HBO); Aptow Prod and I am Jenni Konner Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
Note: A look take on sex and the single girl.
"Syria 2012" (NPR); NPR
Note: More on Syria.
"Teen Contender" (NPR’s All Things Considered); Radio Diaries
Note: The quest of 16-year-old Claressa Shields and her attenmpt to box for the U.S. team in the 2012 Olympics.
"This American Life: What Happened at Dos Erres" (WBEZ Radio); WBEZ’s This American Life, Pro Publica, Fundacion MEPI
Note: The Guatemalan civil-war massacre is examined.
"Inside the National Recording Registry" (WNYC/Public Radio International); Media Mechanics, The Library of Congress
Note: What they picked what they featured.
"The Leonard Lopate Show" (WNYC FM & AM); WNYC Radio
Note: New York’s radio forum is the subject.
"SCOTUSblog" (; SCOTUSblog
Note: The U.S. Supreme Court and its cases in one quick fast location.
"Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek" (; The New York Times
Note: A win for this web site may open doors for more.
"Design Ah!" (NHK Educational Channel); NHK Educational Corporation for NHK (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation)
Note: Helping children perceive objects and ideas from different perspectives.
Lorne Michaels
Note: An individual win and that is rare.
"Doctor Who" (BBC America); The BBC Cymru Wales
Note: The called this "engaging, imaginative sci-fi/fantasy series." Thus, "awarded an Institutional Peabody for evolving with technology and the times like nothing else in the known television universe."
"Michael Apted’s ‘Up’ Series" (ITV 1); ITV Studios
Note: The series visits the same group of British citizens every seven years.
"Robin’s Journey" (ABC); ABC News
Note: How the “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts inspired many.
"Under Fire: Journalists in Combat" (documentary channel hd); JUF PICTURES, INC, documentary channel, Canada
Note: It was for war-zone reporting.
"Why Poverty?" (PBS); Steps International
Note: Views of poverty today and through the ages.
"MLK: The Assassination Tapes" (Smithsonian Channel); 1895 FILMS for Smithsonian Channel
Note: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. life and death, and its aftermath.
"Reel Time: Salat" (Bone Dry) (GMA News TV); GMA Network, Inc. (GMA News TV)
Note: A widow tries to feed her family.
"Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood" (Al Jazeera); Al Jazeera, Just Vision
Note: Finding unexpected allies.
"The Loving Story" (HBO); Augusta Films and HBO Documentary Films with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Note: Arrest and prosecution Richard and Mildred Loving because of an interracial marriage.
"Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present" (HBO); Show of Force, Mudpuppy Films and HBO Documentary Films
Note: A film about the “godmother of performance art.”
"Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished" (Channel 4, UK); ITN PRODUCTIONS for CHANNEL 4 TELEVISON, UK)
Note: A film about Sri Lanka’s civil war.
"Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile" (ITV1); ITV Studios
and "Exposure: Banaz: An Honour Killing" (ITV); Hardcash Productions/Fuuse Films
Note: A pair of ITV films examines two different cultural horrors in Great Britain
"Putin, Russia & The West" (BBC2 UK); Brook Lapping Productions, National Geographic Channel US
Note: About the Czar in the Grey Flannel Suit.
"Independent Lens: Summer Pasture" (PBS); True-Walker Productions, Independent Television Service
Note: A look at Tibet, from the inside.
"Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect" (KNXV-TV, Phoenix); KNXV-TV/ABC 15 News, E.W. Scripps Company
Note: SUV and death.
"Deception at Duke" (CBS); CBS News, 60 Minutes
Note: Cancer treatment by a Duke University doctor is explored.
"Superstorm Sandy" (ABC); ABC News
Note: How the nework covered the storm.
"Investigating the IRS" (WTHR-TV); WTHR-TV, Indianapolis
Note: A look at how illegal immigrants were bilking billions in tax refunds.
"Joy in the Congo" (CBS); CBS News, 60 Minutes
Note: Roprt about Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, a Congolese orchestra and chorale with 200 members.
"Investigating the Fire" (KMGH-TV); KMGH-TV, Denver
Note: A controlled burn goes wrong.
"Rapido y Furioso" (Fast &Furious) (Univision); Univision Network
Note: Gun-tracking program known as Fast and Furious is explored.
"Breaking News: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School" (WVIT-TV); WVIT-TV, West Hartford, CT
Note: The first TV-news outlet to report of the tragic event.
"CNN’s Coverage Inside Syria & Homs 2012" (CNN); CNN
Note: Syria's civil war, from the eyes of the cable news network.
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