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Banff ’19: “Surviving R. Kelly” wins program of the year award

Lifetime’s hit original docuseries Surviving R. Kelly took home the top prize at the Banff Rockie Awards, announced on Tuesday (June 11). The Program of the Year award is presented to an outstanding, critically ...
June 12, 2019

Lifetime’s hit original docuseries Surviving R. Kelly took home the top prize at the Banff Rockie Awards, announced on Tuesday (June 11).

The Program of the Year award is presented to an outstanding, critically acclaimed, ground-breaking, and/or highly-rated program from within the last calendar year.

Past recipients include fiction series This is Us and The Handmaid’s Tale from NBC and Hulu, respectively, and Netflix’s true crime docuseries Making a Murderer.

Produced by Kreativ Inc. and Bunim-Murray Productions, Surviving R. Kelly (pictured) explores decades of allegations of abuse by musician R. Kelly, including holding women against their will in a “sex cult.”

Several Kelly accusers speak publicly for the first time in the series, joined by numerous members of Kelly’s inner circle. Interviewees include civil rights activist Tarana Burke, musicians John Legend and Sparkle, talk-show host and former DJ Wendy Williams, ex-wife Andrea Kelly, ex-girlfriend Kitti Jones, brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly, and others.

Scott Brothers Entertainment, meanwhile, was feted with the Innovative Producer Award in recognition of the company’s entrepreneurial excellence and achievements in television and digital media.

Founded by twin TV hosts Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott, the company has produced a variety of home renovation series that include Property BrothersProperty Brothers: Forever HomeNate & Jeremiah: By DesignProperty Brothers at HomeBrother vs. Brother, and Facebook’s Leslie Jones’ Home. 

Past honorees include New Metric Media, Wolf + Rabbit, Don Carmody and marblemedia.

Elsewhere, the A+E Inclusion Award was handed out to survivor and author Kitti Jones, Lifetime SVP and executive producer Brie Miranda Bryant and Surviving R. Kelly exec producer Tamra Simmons. The award is presented in recognition of “visionary work in media that champions and reflects the diversity of the world in which we live.”

Past honorees of the A+E Inclusion Award have included Elizabeth Vargas, LeVar Burton and Jonathan Murray.

About The Author
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 HMV.com. 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.

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