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“Heroin(e),” “Strong Island,” among Peabody Award nominees

PBS programs dominate the documentary category nominations of the 77th annual Peabody Awards, while three Netflix docs, Chasing Coral, Heroin(e) and Strong Island (pictured) are among the finalists. The Peabody Awards recognize compelling and ...
April 11, 2018

PBS programs dominate the documentary category nominations of the 77th annual Peabody Awards, while three Netflix docs, Chasing CoralHeroin(e) and Strong Island (pictured) are among the finalists.

The Peabody Awards recognize compelling and empowering stories told across television, radio/podcasts and the web, with more than 1,200 programs submitted for awards consideration.

Ten out of the 19 finalists are docs that aired on the American public broadcaster, and they include Steve JamesMark Mitten and Julie Goldman‘s ABACUS: Small Enough To Jail; and Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed and Søren Steen Jespersen’Last Men in Aleppo.

The 30 Peabody Award-winning programs will be will revealed by category in successive announcements, with the Documentary category named April 17.

Both the winners and nominees across all genres will be celebrated at an event on May 19, hosted by comedian and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

A list of the finalists in the documentary category can be found below.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
A Mitten Media, Motto Pictures, and Kartemquin Films Production for WGBH/FRONTLINE and Independent Television Service (ITVS), with the Center for Asian American Media and in association with Blue Ice (PBS/WGBH)

America ReFramed: Deej
American Documentary, Inc., WORLD Channel, Rooy Media LLC, ITVS (WORLD Channel)

Chasing Coral
An Exposure Labs Production (Netflix)

City of Ghosts
Amazon Studios, A&E IndieFilms, Our Time Projects, in association with Jigsaw Productions (A&E)

Heroin(e)
A Netflix Original Documentary in association with The Center for Investigative Reporting, A Requisite Media Production (Netflix)

I Have A Message For You
The New York Times Op-Docs (The New York Times)

Indivisible
Fuse Media (Fuse/Linear Broadcast)

Last Men in Aleppo
American Documentary | POV, Larm Film (PBS)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
The People’s Poet Media Group, LLC, Thirteen’s American Masters for WNET and ITVS in association with Artemis Rising (PBS/WNET/TV)

Motherland
CineDiaz Inc., ITVS, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

Newtown
Mile 22 LLC, ITVS, in association with KA Snyder Productions, Cuomo Cole Productions, Artemis Rising and Transform Films (PBS)

Planet Earth II
BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, with BBC AMERICA (BBC AMERICA)

Strong Island
Yanceville Films, LLC and Louverture Films, LLC (Netflix)

The Bad Kids
Low Key Pictures in association with the Filmmaker Fund (PBS)

The Defiant Ones
HBO Entertainment and Silverback 5150 Pictures in association with Alcon Television Group (HBO)

The Islands and the Whales
Intrepid Cinema, Radiator Film (PBS)

Time: The Kalief Browder Story Spike TV, The Cinemart, Roc Nation (Spike)

Tower
Tower Documentary LLC, Go Valley Productions, ITVS, in association with Meredith Vieira Productions and Killer Impact (PBS)

Oklahoma City
American Experience (PBS/WGBH Education Foundation)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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