Peabody Awards reveal honorees, finalists

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson (pictured) and former late night hosts David Letterman and Jon Stewart are among those to be honored at the 75th annual Peabody Awards.
April 12, 2016

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson (pictured) and former late night hosts David Letterman and Jon Stewart are among those to be honored at the 75th annual Peabody Awards.

Nelson, director of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and the former Late Night with David Letterman host will receive individual awards for their contributions to electronic media, while Stewart’s late-night talk show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has been chosen to receive an institutional Peabody award.

Elsewhere, the awards’ board of jurors has unveiled its shortlist of 60 finalists. The list will be cut down to 30 winners, to be known as the Peabody 30, with selections honored at the 75th anniversary ceremony on May 21 in New York.

The news, radio/podcast, public service and web winners will be among the first to be announced on April 19 via Facebook Live. Entertainment and children’s/youth winners will then be broadcast on The Today Show on April 21, with documentary and educational winners unveiled on April 26 via Facebook Live.

Among the documentary and non-fiction finalists are HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (Hit the Ground Running); HBO’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (Jigsaw Productions, HBO Documentary Films, Sky Atlantic); Pivot’s Gardeners of Eden (Ganesh Forever); PBS’ American Experience: Walt Disney (Sarah Colt Productions, ARTE); CNN’s Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me (PCH Films); PBS’ Growing Up Trans (‘Frontline’); and Showtime’s Listen to Me Marlon (Showtime Documentary Films, Passions Pictures, Cutler Productions).

The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards gala will broadcast across Pivot on June 6 at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

The full list of finalists can be viewed here.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.