2019 | Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media, and CBS Television Studios for Netflix
Netflix’s miniseries Unbelievable details two contrasting investigations, in Washington State and Colorado respectively, into the same serial rapist’s crimes, one in which the police did not believe the victim, one in which they did. Kaitlyn Dever offers a devastating portrait of the unbelieved victim and survivor, while Merritt Wever and Toni Collette similarly shine as the Colorado police determined to believe, and to find the rapist. Drawing from a true story, Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, and Michael Chabon expertly pen a rape investigation for the #MeToo era, showing not just what police work should look like, but what a mediated account of rape should entail. From shot selection to scripting and direction, Unbelievable serves as a model for how storytellers can implore society to believe women, but also how to shift the focus in the way we talk about rape. For offering both a gripping tale of investigation and a profound, humanized exploration of rape survival, we honor Unbelievable with a Peabody.
Executive Producers: Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Lisa Cholodenko, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon, Katie Couric, Richard Tofel, Neil Barsky, Robyn Semien, Marie. Co-Executive Producers: Jennifer Schuur, Becky Mode. Producers: John Vohlers, T. Christian Miller, Ken Armstrong, Kate DiMento, Chris Leanza. Directors: Lisa Cholodenko, Michael Dinner, Susannah Grant. Writers: Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Jennifer Schuur, Becky Mode. Editors: Jeffrey M. Werner, Keith Henderson. Talent: Merritt Wever, Toni Collette, Kaitlyn Dever, Bridget Everett, Eric Lange, Elizabeth Marvel, Charlie McDermott, Danielle Macdonald. Cinematography: Quyen Tran, Xavier Grobert, John Lindley. Music: Will Bates. Supervising Sound Editor: Pembrooke Andrews. Production Sound Mixer: Kenn Fuller. Re-Recording Mixers: Mark Linden, Tara Paul.