UGA has approved four new members for the George Foster Peabody Awards Board. Joining other distinguished experts who select the television and radio prize are Doreen Ringer Ross of Los Angeles, Barbie Zelizer of Philadelphia, Maureen Ryan of Chicago and Steve Bryant of London.
As BMI’s vice president of film/TV relations, Ringer Ross oversees all activity from the Los Angeles-based department serving film and television composers. She has established many programs for composers and oversees BMI’s film scoring scholarships at several colleges and universities.
Ryan recently joined AOL Television as its lead television critic. Her Tribune website, The Watcher, has been nominated for an Editor and Publisher Espy Award for best entertainment blog, and in 2007 Variety named her one of the six most influential critics in America.
Bryant has been senior curator of television for the British Film Institute since 1988.
Zelizer is the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and former president of the International Communication Association. She is a media critic and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.