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Mel Brooks wins Peabody Career Achievement Award

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has announced the recipients of the prestigious Peabody Career Achievement and Trailblazer Awards. Mel Brooks, a legendary figure in the entertainment industry, has been honored with the Career Achievement Award for his unparalleled contributions spanning over seven decades. Quinta Brunson, known for her innovative storytelling, has been awarded the Trailblazer Award for her impactful work in television comedy.

Brooks, renowned for his groundbreaking comedy across various mediums, joins a distinguished list of recipients, including Rita Moreno and Cicely Tyson. His influence on American comedic television is celebrated, as evidenced by his numerous accolades, including multiple Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, and Grammys.

Brunson, creator and star of the Peabody Award-winning series "Abbott Elementary," is recognized for her commitment to addressing social issues through humor. Her portrayal of life in an underfunded, predominantly Black public school underscores the power of comedy in shedding light on important societal challenges.

The awards ceremony will take place on June 9 in Los Angeles, marking Peabody's first in-person event since 2019 and the first time the ceremony is held in LA. Sponsored by Delta and with Variety as the media partner, the event will honor stories that matter and highlight the transformative impact of storytelling in our society.

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