Television Academy honors “Virunga,” “Paycheck to Paycheck”

Virunga (pictured) is among the projects to be lauded for bringing awareness to social issues at the upcoming Television Academy Honors.
April 16, 2015

HBO, ESPN and Netflix’s non-fiction offerings are among those to be lauded at the upcoming Eighth Annual Television Academy Honors for bringing awareness to social issues.

The Television Academy – which is the group behind the Emmy Awards – selected the documentaries, specials, and television episodes for tackling subjects that include the struggle to protect endangered species, healthcare, family values, HIV awareness, gender tradition, and the impact of a terrorist attack.

Among the honorees is Virunga, the Netflix documentary directed by Orlando von Einsiedel following a group of people attempting to save the last mountain gorillas amid a civil war in the Congo.

This is the latest distinction for the doc (pictured) which was up for trophies from the Academy Awards,BAFTA, and the Tribeca Film Festival; and also picked up a win from Cinema Eye Honors, DOXA, and Hot Docs, among others.

HBO’s Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert is a doc from Shari Cookson and Nick Doob on a year in the life of a single mother as she struggles to get ahead. It is part of Maria Shriver’s multi-platform project, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink.”

The documentary was nominated for a non-fiction Emmy last year.

An episode from ESPN’s news magazine ‘E60′, Dream On: Stories of Boston’s Strongest, is a special dedicated to looking back at the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. Bluefoot Entertainment produced.

The recipients will be honored in Beverly Hills on May 27.

“These winning programs have made such a positive impact on society and everyone involved deserves to be commended on their significant contribution,” said Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “These programs have enlightened viewers, prompted discussion, raised social awareness, and are sparking change.”

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