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2019 Peabody Awards Jurors Announce Nominees, Host Ronan Farrow


The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has announced this year’s list of 60 nominees released in broadcasting and digital media during 2018. Jeffrey Jones is executive Director of the Peabody Awards.

“As always we get an amazing array of innovative programing across entertainment and news and documentary but also programming that really addresses a lot of the social issues we face as a country,” Jones said. “So it makes it all the more exciting to see that play out across these different kind of genres and even platforms such as radio and podcasting.”

The nominees were selected by unanimous vote of 19 jurors from more than 1,200 entries from television, radio/podcasts and the web in entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming.

“We always see, and this is true historically, the issues of the day reflected in this programming in this day and age we are seeing a lot of programming on immigration and on the environment.

Jones says the while some topics are often addressed, there are some less common matters featured this year.

“Perennially we always see stuff on criminal justice and sexual assault; but this year also some really interesting titles on mental health and deafness or hearing impaired and autism.”

Among those nominated: Blue Planet II, by BBC Studios, The Plastic Problem, PBS, and Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project.

Thirty winners selected from amongst these nominees will be announced beginning next week.

The red-carpet ceremony takes place May 18 in New York. Ronan Farrow, a contributing writer for The New Yorker and an investigative reporter and producer based at HBO, will serve as host.  He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and is currently producing documentaries for HBO.

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

Children’s and Youth

— “Hilda,” Silvergate Media for Netflix (Netflix)

— “Steven Universe,” Cartoon Network Studios (Cartoon Network)


— “A Dangerous Son,” HBO Documentary Films and Moxie Firecracker Films (HBO)

— “Blue Planet II,” BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit, co-produced with BBC America, Tencent, WDR, France Télévisions and CCTV9 in partnership with The Open University (BBC America)

— “Brides & Brothels: The Rohingya Trade,” 101 East (Al Jazeera English)

— “I Am Evidence,” HBO Documentary Films and Mighty Entertainment in association with Fixit Productions and Artemis Rising Foundation (HBO)

— “Independent Lens: Dolores,” A Carlos Santana Production, in association with 5 Stick Films, and The Dolores Huerta Film Project LLC (PBS)

— “Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro,” A co-production of Velvet Film Inc., Velvet Film S.A.S., Artémis Productions, Close Up Films, ARTE France, RTS, RTBF, Shelter Prod and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) presented in association with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (PBS)

— “Independent Lens: The Judge,” A co-production of Three Judges LLC, Idle Wild Films Inc., and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) (PBS)

— “Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project LLC in co-production with Independent Television Service and Black Public Media in association with The Film Posse, Chiz Schultz Inc. and American Masters Pictures (PBS/WNET/TV)

— “Minding the Gap,” Hulu presents in association with Kartemquin, American Documentary | POV and ITVS (Hulu)

— “POV: QUEST: A Portrait of an American Family,” Quest Fury Sound LLC, Vespertine Film and Media Productions Inc., American Documentary | POV, ITVS (PBS)

— “POV: The Apology,” National Film Board of Canada, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

— “POV: Survivors,” WeOwnTV, American Documentary | POV, ITVS (PBS)

— “POV: Whose Streets?” Whose Streets? LLC, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

— “Shirkers,” A Netflix Documentary in association with Cinereach (Netflix)

— “The Bleeding Edge,” A Netflix Original Documentary in association with Shark Island Institute (Netflix)

— “The Facebook Dilemma,” Frontilne (PBS)

— “The Jazz Ambassadors,” Thirteen Productions LLC, Antelope South Ltd., Normal Life Pictures, in association with the BBC and ZDF in collaboration with Arte (PBS)

— “The Rape of Recy Taylor,” Augusta Films, in co-production with Transform Films Inc., in association with Artemis Rising and Matador Content (Starz)


— “Atypical,” Sony Pictures Television for Netflix (Netflix)

— “Barry,” HBO Entertainment in association with Alec Berg and Hanarply (HBO)

— “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette,” Netflix (Netflix)

— “Homecoming,” Universal Cable Productions LLC and Amazon Studios (Amazon Prime Video)

— “Killing Eve,” Sid Gentle Films Ltd. for BBC America (BBC America)

— “My Brilliant Friend,” HBO Entertainment in association with RAI Fiction, Timvision and Wildside, Fandango, and Umedia (HBO)

— “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” Netflix (Netflix)

— “Pose,” Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions (FX Networks)

— “Random Acts of Flyness,” HBO Entertainment in association with A24 and MVMT (HBO)

— “The Americans,” Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions (FX Networks)

— “The Chi,” Showtime Presents, Fox 21 Television Studios, Kapital Entertainment, Verse, Freedom Road Productions, Hillman Grad Productions, Elwood Reid Inc. (Showtime)

— “The End of the F***ing World,” Clerkenwell Films/Dominic Buchanan Productions for Channel 4 Television and Netflix (Netflix)

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

— “This Close,” Killer Films and Super Deluxe (SundanceNow)


— “Anatomy of a Killing,” BBC Africa Eye (BBC)

— “Aquí y Ahora: The Faces of the Immigration Crisis,” Univision Network (Univision Network)

— “CBS News Special: 39 Days,” CBS News (CBS)

— “Back of the Class,” KING Television (NBC affiliate/KING)

— “Cambridge Analytica,” ITN for Channel 4 News (Channel 4 News)

— “Inside Yemen,” PBS NewsHour (PBS)

— “NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Toxic School Water,” WTVF-TV (WTVF-TV)

— “Nima Elbagir: Human Rights Reporting,” CNN (CNN)

— “On the Fire Line,” PBS NewsHour (PBS)

— “Separated: Children at the Border,” Frontline (PBS)

— “Spartan Silence,” E:60, OTL, ESPNW, Sportscenter (ESPN)

— “The Plastic Problem,” PBS NewsHour (PBS)

— “$2 Tests: Bad Arrests,” WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta (WAGA-TV)

Public Service

— “Student/Trafficked,” R.AGE (Star Media Group)


— “Zero Tolerance” ProPublica


— “Bag Man,” MSNBC (MSNBC)

— “Believed,” Michigan Radio (NPR)

— “Buried Truths,” WABE (WABE)

— “Caliphate,” The New York Times (The New York Times)

— “Ear Hustle,” PRX’s Radiotopia (PRX’s Radiotopia)

— “In The Dark (season 2),” APM Reports (Podcast)

— “Kept Out,” Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, PRX, PBS Newshour and the Associated Press (Public radio stations nationwide)

— “Monumental Lies,” Type Investigations and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (Public radio stations nationwide)

— “My World Was Burning: The North Bay Fires and What Went Wrong,” KQED and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX)

— “This American Life Episode #657: The Runaways,” This American Life and ProPublica Inc. (Public Radio Stations, podcast)

— “The Daily,” The New York Times (The New York Times)

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