“Cosmos,” “Virunga” nab Peabody doc awards

Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (pictured), Netflix's Virunga and Alex Gibney's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown are among the 11 documentaries honored by the 74th annual Peabody Awards.
April 23, 2015

The Nat Geo/Fox event series Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey (pictured), from Fuzzy Door Productions and Cosmos Studios; Netflix’s Virunga  from Grain Media, and Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown from Jigsaw Productions, Jagged Films and Inaudible Films for HBO are among the 11 documentaries honored by the 74th annual Peabody Awards.

Other documentary winners chosen by the Peabody Board of Judges and announced Thursday include: ‘American Experience’: Freedom Summer for PBS from American Experience Films, WGBH Educational Foundation and Firelight Films; Channel 4′s Children on the Frontline from ITN Productions; the internationally syndicated Human Harvest: China’s Illegal Organ Trade from Flying Cloud Productions; ‘Independent Lens’: Brakeless, a copro from Brakeless Ltd, Bungalow Town Productions, BBC, NHK, IKON, DR, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS); The Newburgh Sting for HBO from Covert Productions, in association with HBO Documentary Films and Impact Partners; and American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs for PBS’ ‘POV’.

Rounding out the documentary winners list for this year’s Peabody’s are Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa for SABC2, DStv, Channel 190/GOtv and Channel 65, from Ginzberg Productions; and United States of Secrets for PBS ‘Frontline’ from Kirk Documentary Group and Rain Media.

As previously announced, Sir David Attenborough also received a Peabody honoring his six-decade career as a television host and producer of natural history programs, and Peabody news winners included Vice News for “The Islamic State” and “Last Chance High”; CNN for its coverage of the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls and an exposé of systemic malfunction at American Veteran Administration hospitals; and NBC/MSNBC for its continuing coverage of ISIS.

The Peabody Awards program, designed to “recognize excellence and meritous work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, podcasters, producing organizations and individuals,” is based out of the University of Georgia and is the oldest awards program in electronic media.

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