POV’s The Return, The Look of Silence, Hooligan Sparrow and What Tomorrow Brings selected as Documentary Finalists
Winners in Documentary Category to Be Announced April 18. “Peabody 30” Winners and finalists to Be Celebrated May 20, 2017 at 76th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony Hosted by Rashida Jones in New York
New York, N.Y. — April 6, 2017 — POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, has received 4 nominations for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, announced yesterday by the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors. The Return, The Look of Silence, Hooligan Sparrow and What Tomorrow Bring were nominated in the Documentary category. POV was most recently nominated last year for its Season 28 film Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie), for which POV received a prize. To date, the documentary series has won 18 Peabody Awards. Established in 1940 and administered by UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the Peabody Awards are the oldest honor in electronic media.
“We are thrilled to be named a Peabody Award finalist for the fourth year in a row,” said POV Executive Producer Justine Nagan. “The four films that have received this distinction demonstrate the vital role that documentary and public media continue to play in today’s media landscape. POV is proud to have made these films accessible to millions of Americans via public broadcasting, community screenings and free online streaming.”
The winning “Peabody 30” programs will be revealed in a series of announcements over the coming weeks, with the Documentary category announced on April 18. A television special with a recording of the ceremony will air on PBS and FUSION on June 2, 2017.
To date, POV films have won 36 Emmy® Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, two George Polk Documentary Film Awards and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. Learn more at www.pbs.org/pov/.
POV’s 76th Annual Peabody Awards finalists follow (visit www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom/ for descriptions, links, embeddable trailers, art and press releases):
The full list of nominees for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards is available here.
Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.
POV Community Engagement and Education (www.pbs.org/pov/engage/)
POV’s Community Engagement and Education team works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present more than 650 free screenings every year. In addition, we distribute free discussion guides and standards-aligned lesson plans for each of our films. With our community partners, we inspire dialogue around the most important social issues of our time.
POV Digital (www.pbs.org/pov/)
Since 1994, POV Digital has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department created PBS’s first program website and its first web-based documentary (POV’s Borders) and has won major awards, including a Webby Award (and six nominations) and an Online News Association Award. POV Digital continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its digital productions and the POV Hackathon lab, where media makers and technologists collaborate to reinvent storytelling forms. Follow @povdocs on Twitter.
American Documentary, Inc. (www.amdoc.org/)
American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc is a catalyst for public culture, developing collaborative strategic engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. These activities are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback to educational opportunities and community participation.