65th Annual Peabody Awards Winners Announced

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Apr 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from Peabody Awards

    ATHENS, Ga., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The winners of the 65th Annual
 Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia's Grady
 College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The winners, chosen by the
 Peabody board as the best in electronic media for 2005, were named in a
 ceremony in the Peabody Gallery on the University of Georgia Campus.
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     The Peabody recipients -- from three continents and in seven languages --
 reflect the international scope of the competition.  They range from
 television stations in Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans, La., that provided
 heroic coverage of Hurricane Katrina's devastating landfall and aftermath, to
 "Yesterday," a South African film that personalized the continent's AIDS
 crisis.  They include a Spanish documentary about China, the dramatic serials
 "Battlestar Galactica" and "Bleak House," Martin Scorsese's "No Direction Home
 -- Bob Dylan," and WNYC's Radio Rookies Project, which enables young people to
 find voices on radio.  Multiple citations were awarded to HBO, the BBC and
     The awards will be presented June 5 at a luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria
 Hotel in New York City. Jon Stewart, anchor of Comedy Central's two-time
 Peabody Award winner, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," will be the master of
     "As is the case every year, submissions for consideration by the Peabody
 Board provide insight into the astonishing array of electronic media
 productions," said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards. "These are
 the works self-selected by creators and producers as their very best work from
 the previous calendar year.  This year's Peabody Award recipients stand as
 hallmarks of excellence in news, documentary, comedy, drama, education and
 public service."
     "Battlestar Galactica," a drama about a war-ravaged, homeless civilization
 attempting to begin anew, gave SCI FI Channel its first Peabody victory. Also
 new to the winners' circle were two other basic-cable channels. FX Networks
 won for the intense police serial "The Shield" and Sundance Channel for
 presenting "The Staircase," French filmmaker Jean Xavier de Lestrade's
 eight-part documentary about a North Carolina murder case.
     In addition to "The Shield" and "Battlestar," three other entertainment
 series with devout followings got nods from the Peabody judges. They were
 "House," a FOX medical drama about a brilliant, misanthropic diagnostician;
 ABC's "Boston Legal," a David E. Kelley dramedy that uses a blue-chip Beantown
 law firm's civil cases as springboards to comment about issues from the death
 penalty to credit-card companies' predatory practices to morning-after
 contraceptives; and "South Park," Comedy Central's notoriously rude,
 undeniably fearless lampoon of all that is self-important and hypocritical in
 American life, regardless of race, creed, color or celebrity status.
     International winners also included CBC/Radio-Canada for "What If Winter
 Never Comes? (Et si l'hiver ne venait plus?)," a report on how global warming
 is affecting the Arctic and the Inuit people who live there; Madrid's TVE, for
 "China: A Million Steps Ahead," which dealt with that country's staggering
 rural-to-urban shift; and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for its
 ear-opening, eight-part radio documentary "The Wire: The Impact of Electricity
 on Music."
     Various arms of the British Broadcast Corporation received Peabodys. The
 BBC won for "This World BBC: Bad Medicine," a brave investigation of
 international trafficking in fake drugs," and as co-producer with WGBH of an
 exemplary dramatization of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House." The BBC Factual and
 Learning department, in partnership with the Drama division, were honored for
 "BBC DoNation Season: Life on the List," a multi-media campaign to encourage
 organ donations. BBC America's winner was "Viva Blackpool," a musical drama
 both grittily and giddily creative.
     HBO's versatility was similarly demonstrated by its wins for the South
 African-produced film "Yesterday"; a documentary, "Children of Beslan," a
 co-production with the BBC about the aftermath of terrorists' taking a Russian
 elementary school hostage in September 2004; and its "Classical Baby," an
 inventive, whimsical marriage of animation to classical music.
     For the second consecutive year Showtime received an award for an original
 movie. "Edge of America," based on real incidents, illuminated two minority
 cultures with its story of an African-American teacher-coach taking a job at
 an American Indian-reservation school in Utah.
     Local TV stations scored four 2005 Peabodys. WWL and WLOX, the
 broadcasters in New Orleans and Biloxi, respectively, were cited for their
 comprehensive Hurricane Katrina coverage.  KNBC-TV in Burbank, Calif., won for
 "Burning Questions," its investigative series about an apartment development
 built on a toxic and potentially flammable site. And KCNC-TV in Denver won for
 "How Far Will the Army Go?," an unusual expose that incorporated a teen
 journalist's hidden-camera footage of desperate Army recruiters explaining how
 to forge a diploma and beat a drug test. Peabody judges called it "funny and
 frightening at the same time."
     The challenge of covering Katrina also brought out the best in two
 national news organizations. "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" and CNN
 both were awarded Peabodys for their multifaceted efforts.
     The array of worthy documentaries was again diverse and impressive. The
 "American Experience" installment, "Two Days in October," juxtaposed pivotal,
 parallel incidents in Vietnam and Wisconsin in 1967.  "P.O.V.: Chisholm '72:
 Unbought & Unbossed" recalled the campaign of Shirley Chisholm, our first
 female presidential contender. "Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights," a
 simple, moving History Channel special, collected ordinary Americans' memories
 of the struggle. "The Queen of Trees," a magnificent nature film, profiled an
 African sycamore fig, an eco-system in and of itself.
     Other nonfiction winners included "A Room Nearby," an ITVS-financed
 meditation on loneliness that turned soul-baring interviews into animated
 shorts, and "15% of the United States," a public-service investigation by KMEX
 Univision 34 in Los Angeles that reminded viewers of Latinos' diverse roles in
 and contributions to the United States. WNYC-New York's "Radio Rookies"
 demonstrated that there's no better way to understand how teenagers see the
 world than to go directly to the source and hand them tape recorders. "A Place
 of Our Own," from KCET in Los Angeles, was a unique bi-lingual effort to help
 parents and childcare workers better understand how kids develop emotionally
 and socially. It included outreach workshops, web sites and 120 instructional
 telecasts, 60 in Spanish, 60 in English.
     No documentary was more entertaining than Thirteen/WNET's "No Direction
 Home -- Bob Dylan," a four-hour, two-part "American Masters" fashioned by
 award-winning movie director Martin Scorsese from a trove of archival
 interviews, home-movie footage and concert film provided by the chameleon-like
 singer-songwriter himself. Even Peabody board members who confessed they'd
 never "got" Dylan said that Scorsese opened their eyes and/or ears.
     The Peabody Board is a 16-member group, comprised of television critics,
 broadcast and cable industry executives and experts in culture and the arts,
 that judges the entries. Selection is made by the board following review by
 special screening committees of UGA faculty, students and staff.
     The Peabody Awards, the oldest honor in electronic media, do not recognize
 categories nor is there a set number of awards given each year. Today the
 Peabody recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by
 stations, networks, producing organizations and individuals.
     All entries become a permanent part of the Peabody Archive in the
 University of Georgia Libraries. The collection is one of the nation's oldest,
 largest and most respected moving-image archives. For more information about
 the Peabody Archive or the Peabody Awards, visit http://www.peabody.uga.edu.
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     2005 Peabody Winners
     Hurricane Katrina    WLOX-TV, Biloxi, MS
     Hurricane Katrina ripped the roof off WLOX's newsroom, toppled one of its
 transmitting towers and destroyed two of its bureaus, yet courageous employees
 of the station broadcast 12 consecutive days of life-saving news and
 information to its storm-shocked Gulf Coast viewers.  WLOX-TV.
     Preparation and Coverage of Hurricane Katrina    WWL-TV, New Orleans, LA
     From pre-storm advisories to investigative reports on why the levees
 failed, WWL's coverage of Hurricane Katrina began two days before the storm
 battered and swamped New Orleans and continued, unbroken, thanks to careful
 pre-planning and dedicated personnel, 99 percent of whom stayed on the job.
     NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams: After the Storm: The Long Road Back
     NBC's stated goal was to cover the aftermath of Katrina "with as many
 resources and as much time and intensity" as it had devoted to the 9/11
 terrorist attacks.  This commitment on the part of a broadcast network
 resulted in extraordinary coverage and analysis. NBC Nightly News with Brian
     CNN Coverage of Hurricane Katrina and Aftermath    CNN
     No other national, 24-hour news service provided more essential, up-to-
 the-minute information for viewers, listeners and online users.  CNN's
 continuous live coverage became a go-to channel for the most current news
 about Katrina and its effects. CNN.
     China: A Million Steps Ahead    TVE, Madrid, Spain
     More than 100 million Chinese have moved from the countryside to cities in
 the past 10 years. The documentary gets both the big picture and smaller,
 personal stories of miraculous, historically unprecedented cultural and
 economic shifts. TVE.
     American Experience: Two Days in October       PBS
     This extraordinary installment of WGBH Educational Foundation's "American
 Experience" juxtaposed concurrent 1967 events -- the ambush of an American
 battalion by Viet Cong and a student protest in Wisconsin -- to illuminate a
 turning point in the Vietnam War. Robert Kenner Films, WGBH Educational
 Foundation, Wisconsin Public Television, Playtone, BBC.
     This World BBC: Bad Medicine      BBC 2
     Resourceful, physical risk-taking reporting about a Nigerian doctor's
 crusade against counterfeit drugs illuminates an international scourge that
 extends to industrialized nations as well as the Third World.  BBC.
     P.O.V.:  Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed        PBS
     Not just a lively remembrance of Shirley Chisholm, the United States'
 first female presidential candidate, this documentary is also a thoughtful
 analysis of the viability of third-party candidates. P.O.V./American
 Documentary Inc., Independent Television Service, Realside Productions.
     Boston Legal       ABC
     David E. Kelley's series about a blue-chip Boston law firm somersaults
 from comedy to drama to stinging political commentary with acrobatic assurance
 and undisguised glee. David E. Kelley Productions in association with 20th
 Century Fox Organization.
     House     Fox
     An unorthodox lead character -- a misanthropic diagnostician fond of
 saying humanity is "overrated" -- and cases fit for a medical Sherlock Holmes
 have helped  make "House" the most distinctive new doctor drama in a decade.
 Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions, Bad Hat Harry Productions, NBC
 Universal Television Studio.
     Edge of America         Showtime
     Inspired by the true story of an African-American teacher-coach at a
 Native American reservation in Utah, "Edge of America" mines an atypical
 culture clash for insight into two marginalized minorities.  Showtime, Red
 House Entertainment.
     South Park    Comedy Central
     Primitive animation is part of the charm of TV's boldest, most politically
 incorrect satirical series. Its simple style also makes possible the show's
 unmatched topicality.  Comedy Central.
     American Masters: No Direction Home -- Bob Dylan     PBS
     Pulling together never-before-seen archival footage and interviews,
 director Martin Scorsese creates an artful and intimate portrait of the poet,
 jester and raspy voice of his generation as we're ever likely to see or hear.
 Don't think twice, it's all right.  Thirteen/WNET New York, Grey Water Park
 Productions, Spitfire Pictures, Cappa/DeFina Productions in co-production with
 Vulcan Productions, BBC/Arena, and NHK.
     The Wire: The Impact of Electricity on Music    Canadian Broadcasting
     Audio dynamite, this consistently surprising eight-part radio series
 explores how electricity changed -- and continues to change -- how we hear
 music, how we play it, even what we think it is or can be.  Canadian
 Broadcasting Corporation.
     BBC DoNation Season: Life on the List    BBC
     Public service campaigns rarely combine the potential and power of
 electronic media -- TV, radio, online, interactive -- in ways as effective as
 this concerted appeal for organ donors. British Broadcasting Corporation --
 Factual and Learning and Drama.
     Classical Baby      HBO
     This whimsical, charming, deceptively simple marriage of animation to the
 music of Tchaikovsky, Bach and Ellington becomes an interactive treat for
 young children and parents alike.  HBO Family.
     A Room Nearby      PBS
     Five people's tales of their lonely lives become the soundtracks for
 idiosyncratic animated vignettes. Peabody board members called it "a beautiful
 gift." Independent Television Service.
     Burning Questions     KNBC-TV, Los Angeles, CA
     KNBC-TV's four-part investigative series confirmed health and safety
 concerns about a multi-acre commercial-residential development built on a site
 that includes a leaking subterranean gas reservoir.  KNBC-TV.
     How Far Will the Army Go?     KCNC-TV, Denver, CO
     An enterprising  high-school journalist and  KCNC-TV teamed up to document
 U.S. Army recruiters helping a prospective recruit to forge a diploma and beat
 a drug test. KCNC-TV.
     A Place of Our Own (Los Ninon en Su Casa)     KCET-TV, Los Angeles, CA
     This public-service project, designed to provide parents and child-care
 providers with information about helping kindergarteners develop social,
 emotional and cognitive skills, included daily TV programs and web sites in
 Spanish and English and more than 200 bi-lingual outreach workshops.  KCET/Los
 Angeles in association with Sesame Workshop and 44 Blue Productions Inc.
     Radio Rookies Project   WNYC Radio,  New York
     Teenaged reporters pick up microphones and let down their guards in this
 series of remarkably immediate and illuminating first-person dispatches.  WNYC
 Radio/Radio Rookies.
     15% of the United States        KMEX-Univision 34, Los Angeles, CA
     Inspired by the book "La Nueva California, Latinos in the Golden State,"
 KMEX-Univision 34's 19-part series examined the past, present and future of
 the Latino community, revealing diversity and contributions far beyond the
 usual television depictions.  KMEX-Univision 34.
     Save Our History: Voices of Civil Rights     The History Channel
     Not a professor or celebrity in sight. Just men and women, white as well
 as black, recalling their personal experience of  "the movement." The History
 Channel special was eloquent, moving, invaluable.  Documania Films, Sierra
 Tango Productions, The History Channel.
     What If Winter Never Comes? (Et si l'hiver ne venait plus?)   CBC/Radio-
     From the frontlines of global warming, the Arctic, this report brought
 listeners voices of native people, the Inuit, whose way of life is literally
 melting away. Deftly employed ambient sound enhanced the piece's  power.  La
 Premiere Chaine (French Radio Network) -- CBC/Radio-Canada.
     Viva Blackpool     BBC America
     What would have been at minimum an engrossing tale of ambition, greed and
 corruption in a depressed seaside city looking to gambling for salvation
 becomes, with the addition of a song score of pop-music classics and
 ingeniously staged production numbers, a riveting, at times jaw-dropping
 entertainment event.  BBC America, BBC.
     The Staircase    Sundance Channel
     A controversial murder case in Durham, N.C., is merely the backdrop for
 the intimate, grippingly constructed eight-chapter documentary in which
 director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade explores a complex defendant, his divided
 family and his spare-no-expense defense. Maha Films.
     Yesterday      HBO
     This starkly beautiful, heart-breaking movie from South Africa about a
 young mother who is diagnosed with AIDS put an indelible face on a continent's
 massive crisis. A Distant Horizon/Videovision Entertainment Production in
 association with Anant Singh, The Nelson Mandela Foundation, M-Net Exciting
 Films and Video Foundation of South Africa in association with HBO Films.
     The Queen of Trees     BBC 2
     Impeccable, creative cinematography aside, the wondrous thing about this
 study of a single sycamore fig, Africa's queen tree, is that it's a microcosm
 of the eco-complexity of the Earth at large. Deeble and Stone Productions,
 NHK, Thirteen/WNET New York, Granada International, BBC, ZDF.
     Children of Beslan      HBO
     Terrorists' September 2004 siege of a Russian elementary school recalled
 in the words of children ages 6 to 12 who survived it. The simplest and most
 direct of several documentaries on the subject, and the most shattering.  BBC
 in association with HBO Documentary Films.
     Bleak House     BBC
     "Absolutely compulsive viewing" said the Peabody board of this masterful,
 faithful-yet-modern adaptation of Charles Dickens' serial about a never-ending
 London law suit.  A BBC, WGBH-Boston co-production in association with Deep
     The Shield      FX
     Riveting, densely layered adult entertainment -- and more. No cop series
 has posed harder questions than "The Shield" about how far we're willing to
 let law-enforcement officers go to keep us safe.  Fox Television Studios in
 association with Sony Pictures Television.
     Battlestar Galactica     SCI FI CHANNEL
     A belated, brilliantly re-imagined revival of a so-so 1970s outer-space
 saga, the series about imperiled survivors of a besieged planet has
 revitalized sci-fi television with its parallax considerations of politics,
 religion, sex, even what it means to be "human."  NBC Universal Television
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