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Peabody announces nominees and host, Ronan Farrow

The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors has announced the 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2018. 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. Thirty winners selected from amongst these nominees will be announced beginning next week.

The Peabody Awards were founded in 1940 at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia and are still based in Athens today.

“It is our great honor to recognize the most powerful and compelling, but also most brilliant and creative programming of 2018,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. “Across genres and platforms, these are stories that help us make sense of our world, and locate our humanity in the joys and tragedies and struggles of people worldwide.”

Peabody Award winners and nominees will be celebrated at a red-carpet event on Saturday, May 18, at Cipriani Wall Street 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. Farrow’s stories in The New Yorker exposed the first sexual-assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein, and garnered him a Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award, among other honors. He previously worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at MSNBC and NBC News, and is currently producing documentaries for HBO.

The presenting sponsor is Mercedes-Benz, the official automobile of the 78th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony. Variety is the exclusive media partner.

Over the next several weeks, 30 winners from among these nominees will be announced by category: Documentary on April 16; Entertainment/Children’s & Youth on April 18; and News/Radio/Web/Public Service programming on April 23. Last month, the board of jurors named Rita Moreno as this year’s Peabody Career Achievement Award presented by Mercedes-Benz.

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,” Frontline (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)

About Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards honor the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media. Each year, Peabody Awards are bestowed upon a curated collection of 30 stories that capture society’s most important issues—known as the Peabody 30. Honorees must be unanimously chosen by the Peabody Board of Jurors, a diverse assembly of industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists who each bring a unique perspective of what constitutes a story that matters. From major Hollywood productions to local journalism, the network of Peabody Awards winners is a definitive collection of society’s most important stories and storytellers, including winners that have ranged from Edward R. Murrow, Carol Burnett, and David Letterman to “The Sopranos,” “Sesame Street,” “Breaking Bad,” and “Serial.” For more information, visit to sign up for our newsletter or follow @PeabodyAwards on Twitter.

About Grady College

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