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  • 60 Minutes II: Memories of a Massacre
    60 Minutes II: Memories of a Massacre

    A Peabody goes to CBS’ 60 Minutes II: Memories of a Massacre. Co-produced by Gregory Vistica and Tom Anderson, this painfully honest segment investigates the actions of an American Navy SEAL unit under the command of former Senator Bob Kerrey, actions that took place in the village of Thanh Phong, Vietnam, in February 1969. There, civilian men, women and children, as well as enemy guerrilla fighters, were killed in bloody close combat. Kerrey’s personal recollections of the events... read more

  • A Huey P. Newton Story
    A Huey P. Newton Story

    In this mesmerizing portrait of the complex co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Huey P. Newton’s words still speak profoundly to us today. From unpublished manuscripts, recorded interviews and correspondences, Roger Guenveur Smith developed this brilliant, critically acclaimed stage performance. Sitting alone in the midst of what is at once a stage, a cell, and a podium, Smith explores the public and private turmoil surrounding Newton’s work. As one of the most volatile participants in... read more

  • A Murder in the Neighbourhood
    A Murder in the Neighbourhood

    There are occasions when violence intrudes even into the most familiar settings and the most typical lives. Such an intrusion occurred on Hillcrest Avenue in the Toronto suburb of Pickering. There a naked woman ran from her home, carrying her child, screaming for help. She was attempting to escape from her estranged husband who was threatening her with a gun. Though she was able to hand the child to alarmed neighbors, she was dragged back into the house... read more

  • ABC News Coverage of September 11, 2001
    ABC News Coverage of September 11, 2001

    On September 11, 2001, the news organizations of the American Broadcasting Company—individuals and special units—exhibited the finest aspects of broadcast journalism. Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson displayed an extraordinarily professional demeanor to the viewers of Good Morning America, even as the enormity of events unfolded before our eyes. Peter Jennings, first of the prime-time anchors to reach his desk, guided viewers throughout the day, bridging reports from the field, from research units, and from government resource agencies. Brian... read more

  • America: A Tribute to Heroes
    America: A Tribute to Heroes

    From the beginning of the program with Bruce Springsteen singing “My City in Ruins” to the closing moments with Willy Nelson leading a panoply of stars in singing “America, the Beautiful,” America: A Tribute to Heroes is an exceptional salute to those lost in the events of September 11, 2001. Bare stages lit with hundreds of candles in New York, Los Angeles, and London provided the somber, unadorned setting for this unique program carried live, commercial free, by... read more

  • American Masters: F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams
    American Masters: F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams

    Using excerpts from private letters and scrapbooks, novels and short stories, photos from family albums, interviews with friends, colleagues and acquaintances, this cinematic biography melds words and pictures into an eloquent, inventive, and subtle exploration of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tumultuous and brilliant career. With the support of Executive Producer Susan Lacy and Producer Catherine Collins, Writer-Producer-Director DeWitt Sage’s emotionally captivating documentary looks deep into the heart and personality of Fitzgerald. With haunting cinematic re-creations of the texts—The Great... read more

  • Anne Frank
    Anne Frank

    Of the millions of Jews murdered during the Holocaust, many were children, and Anne Frank stands out as their voice. In Anne Frank, based on the biography by Melissa Müller, produced by Touchstone Television and presented on ABC, we are given a glimpse of Anne’s life far more complete than previous accounts of her well-known story. Viewers are led through Anne’s carefree childhood before the war with scenes from her school, vacations at the beach, and elaborate birthday... read more

  • Band of Brothers
    Band of Brothers

    Band of Brothers, based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s book, is among the most memorable undertakings in television history. The commitment of time and resources from Home Box Office is put to admirable use by Executive Producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg and Co-Executive Producers Stephen E. Ambrose, Gary Goetzman and Tony To. Together with Supervising Producers Erik Bork and Erik Jendresen and Producer Mary Richards, they created the equivalent of 10 motion pictures to chronicle the true heroism... read more

  • Blue’s Clues
    Blue’s Clues

    Built on the philosophy that television can educate while it entertains, Blue’s Clues is a “play-along, think-along” series whose inventive approach to problem solving offers children a sense of personal empowerment. Blue, an energetic puppy, and host Steven Burns (a real person living in this animated world), invite viewers to solve the day’s puzzle through interactions that teach children not just what, but how, to think. Blue and Steve ask viewers to play along with the show. They... read more

  • Boycott

    A Peabody Award goes to Boycott, written by Herman Daniel Farrell, III, and Timothy J. Sexton and directed for Home Box Office by Clark Johnson. Norman Twain and Shelby Stone served as executive producers, with Producer Preston Holmes and Co-Producer James Bigwood. Boycott returns to events that should by now be among the most famous and familiar accounts of the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Once again a weary Rosa Parks, movingly portrayed by Iris... read more

  • CNN Presents: “Beneath the Veil” and “Unholy War”
    CNN Presents: “Beneath the Veil” and “Unholy War”

    In two exceptional documentaries, Investigative Reporter Saira Shah and Cameraman James Miller create unforgettable before-and-after images of contemporary Afghanistan. CNN Productions Executive Producer Vivian Schiller and Supervising Producer Jennifer Hyde helped bring these riveting programs to audiences throughout the world. Executive produced by Hardcash’s David Henshaw, produced and directed by Cassian Harrison and filmed at great personal risk in Shah’s ancestral homeland by James Miller, the pre-September 11 program Beneath the Veil shows life under the iron rule... read more

  • Conspiracy

    On January 20, 1942, 15 men assembled at a villa on the outskirts of Berlin for a meeting that would ultimately seal the fate of European Jews. Adolf Eichmann prepared 30 copies of the minutes of this top-secret meeting. By the fall of the Third Reich, all had disappeared or been destroyed—all but one. Discovered in the files of the Reich’s Foreign Office, the Wannsee Protocol detailed the plan for Hitler’s eradication of the Jews in Europe, the... read more

  • Endgame in Ireland
    Endgame in Ireland

    For years, peace in Northern Ireland seemed to be a perplexing illusion. For each step forward, there seemed to be one step back. Negotiations continued, however, and finally on April 10, 1998—Good Friday—an agreement was reached. In Endgame in Ireland, the key figures at each stage of the peace process describe in unprecedented detail what happened in events leading to the 1998 Good Friday peace accords. Here, the last four prime ministers of the Irish Republic, the last... read more

  • ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre - Talking Heads II: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet
    ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre - Talking Heads II: Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet

    In a culture increasingly dominated by youth, ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre: Talking Heads II—Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet brings a perspective rarely found on television today. This extraordinary drama, produced by Slow Motion, Ltd., for the BBC and presented on PBS by WGBH, is a deceptively simple glimpse into the life of a middle-aged woman. Alan Bennett, the distinguished British author of Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet, has, in this piece, chosen a risky and distinctive use of television:... read more

  • Hell in the Pacific
    Hell in the Pacific

    If all war is hell, it remains the case that for sheer hatred and intense savagery, the Pacific theater of operations during World War II developed into one of the deeper rings of agony. That intensity is explored and explained in Hell in the Pacific. Two years in the making, Hell in the Pacific is a four-part film, spanning 13 countries and following literally in the footsteps of the soldiers of 60 years ago. In the first episode,... read more

  • Independent Lens: Still Life with Animated Dogs
    Independent Lens: Still Life with Animated Dogs

    Written, narrated and animated by its director, Paul Fierlinger, Still Life With Animated Dogs is a playful yet deeply serious documentary about dogs the artist has owned and that have been important and meaningful in his life. This autobiographical work reflects not only on the attributes of dogs as Man’s Best Friend, but also on the nature of love, political oppression, artistic freedom and survival. Opening with the story of Spinnaker, Fierlinger drifts into memories of the many... read more

  • Institutional Award: Nightline
    Institutional Award: Nightline

    It began with a different anchor and a different title on November 8, 1979, four days after the seizure of the American Embassy in Teheran. The pictures were startling and disturbing, the issues unclear, Frank Reynolds introduced television audiences across America and the world to The Iran Crisis: America Held Hostage. Five months later the program became Nightline, and Ted Koppel became the permanent anchor. Since that date, Nightline has become synonymous with extended news programming, providing in-depth... read more

  • Institutional Award: WGBH
    Institutional Award: WGBH

    The call letters WGBH are among the most familiar in all of broadcasting and central to the Public Broadcasting Service. From the first radio broadcast in 1951—the season opening concert of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—through the latest adaptation of Nova for giant IMAX film screens, the station has become a mainstay for millions of viewers. It has grown from one radio station to three, and now has three television stations. The list of television programs alone presents an... read more

  • Institutional Award: Youth Radio
    Institutional Award: Youth Radio

    For a decade Youth Radio, based in Berkeley, California has trained thousands of teenagers, the vast majority from low-income homes, in skills related to broadcast journalism, radio and web production, and engineering. Through hands-on training and on-going interaction with adults and peers and in the creation of their own programs, these young people have gained valuable communication, media journalism and production skills. But they have also learned about issues often confronted when one is involved in media advocacy,... read more

  • Jazz Profiles
    Jazz Profiles

    This loving and insightful series, hosted by legendary jazz singer Nancy Wilson, combines an eclectic assortment of archival recordings with the voices of musicians and jazz experts. The blend makes one of America’s greatest cultural contributions accessible and relevant to jazz lovers and novices alike. Executive Producer Tim Owens’ innovative approach combines the independent efforts of Producers John Diliberto, Jim Luce, Joan Merrill, Molly Murphy and Suraya Mohamed, to provide the first of its kind weekly documentary series... read more

  • Little Bill
    Little Bill

    Little Bill explores life through the eyes of a five-year-old boy who walks his viewers into the delights and joys of everyday experiences. Whether making lunch or playing “big kid,” searching for a lost hamster or meeting a new friend who has cerebral palsy, Little Bill’s exuberant responses to the people, places and things around him introduce his young audience to the wonders and meanings of his world. He also introduces them to skills, such as learning to... read more

  • My Father’s Camera
    My Father’s Camera

    Equipped with her dad’s old Super 8 and a sharp eye for a great clip, Karen Shopsowitz weaves the history of home movies together with footage shot by her father—amateur filmmaker Israel Shopsowitz. Within his treasure trove of domestic films from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s and her own extensive research Shopsowitz discovers vastly under-explored cultural terrain. In its delightful overview of early motion pictures, My Father’s Camera includes clips from the Lumiere Brothers’ film of an 1895... read more

  • Mzima - Haunt of the Riverhorse
    Mzima - Haunt of the Riverhorse

    This evocative documentary combines powerful storytelling with un-compromised production values and specialist cinematography to take audiences into the underwater realm of two of Africa’s most dangerous animals, the hippopotamus and the crocodile. Filmmakers Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone spent two years documenting the remarkable way in which a family of hippos brings life to Kenya’s crystal-clear Mzima spring. Using cutting edge diving techniques and an underwater camera system they devised, Deeble and Stone chronicle the intimate behavior of... read more

  • National Public Radio Coverage of September 11, 2001
    National Public Radio Coverage of September 11, 2001

    From its initial reports on the breaking, unprecedented news events of September 11, 2001, through in-depth coverage during the following three months, National Public Radio fully realized its mission “to create a more informed public, one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas, and cultures.” Combining comprehensive news reporting, insightful analysis and essays, intelligent conversations, appropriate poetry and consoling music, NPR offered discerning perspective on the complex issues raised by the al- Qaeda... read more

  • The Bernie Mac Show
    The Bernie Mac Show

    In The Bernie Mac Show, stand-up comedian Bernie Mac plays himself. But now he’s a woeful Bernie Mac, a beleaguered, confused, exasperated parent to two nieces and a nephew, children of a fictional sister now in a drug rehabilitation program. He’s still a well-known performer, still a celebrity, of course. His house in Beverly Hills proves it. His wife’s executive position matches his personal success. But to those kids, he’s just Uncle Bernie, appropriate target for every prank,... read more

  • The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge
    The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge

    The Cliburn: Playing on the Edge focuses on the personal dramas of young performers participating in the renowned Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This ambitious documentary presents an engrossing view of the aspirations and motivations of selected participants, truly an insider’s look at how classical music is made at its highest levels. The contest, held once every four years, features thirty young pianists representing a dozen countries competing before capacity audiences and 13 jurors. Directed by Peter Rosen... read more

  • The DNA Files
    The DNA Files

    This vivid and accessible five part series examines recent discoveries and controversies in the fields of genetic science. Each program approaches complicated scientific topics with clarity and humor, yet never shies away from the complicated ethical, legal and social questions ubiquitous among the new genetic discoveries. Interviews with key genetic scientists and social thinkers come together with elements of radio drama as Executive Producer Bari Scott and Producers Barrett Golding, Daniel Grossman, Larry Massett, Kathy McAnally and Karen... read more

  • The First Year
    The First Year

    Intense and emotional, The First Year cuts through the rhetoric of the national debate about education to remind us what is real—the powerful relationship between a teacher and a student. Chronicling the human side of teaching, the program follows five determined and committed novice teachers as they struggle to survive their first year of teaching in some of America’s toughest schools. Produced by the Teachers Documentary Project, this film unflinchingly sheds light on the issues facing public schools.... read more

  • The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
    The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

    The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg chronicles the extraordinary career of the baseball great who transcended religious prejudice to become an authentic American icon. “Hammering Hank” Greenberg, America’s first Jewish baseball star, shattered barriers of discrimination in American sports and society at a time when anti-Semitism ran high in the United States and Hitler was persecuting Jews in Europe. From 1930 to 1947, with a four-year break for World War II, Greenberg forged an impressive baseball career... read more

  • Things Behind the Sun
    Things Behind the Sun

    Things Behind the Sun is an intense story of a teenage rape and its devastating consequences. Based on the experiences of filmmaker Allison Anders and written by Anders and Kurt Voss, the film presents the raw brutality of rape, which not only scars its victims but also haunts its perpetrators and those who stood by. Brought to the screen by Executive Producers Gary Barkin, Peter Wetherell, Marla Grossman and Joseph Rice and Producers Daniel Hassid, Doug Mankoff and... read more

  • Third Watch: In Their Own Words
    Third Watch: In Their Own Words

    As was the case for so many others who create fictional television programs, the writers, producers, directors, and actors of NBC’s Third Watch were faced with the difficulty of resuming a semblance of “normalcy” in the weeks following September 11, 2001. They chose to build a bridge between the two worlds in which they work. One was the world of the fictional stories they tell each week, stories exploring the lives of fictional police officers, fire fighters, and... read more

  • Visions of Vine Street
    Visions of Vine Street

    In April 2001, the heart of Cincinnati, a deteriorated area known as “Over-the-Rhine,” exploded in riots. In the days following, WCPO-TV General Manager Bill Fee and News Director Bob Morford asked WCPO-TV’s I-Team to investigate this area’s problems and to pay special attention to those who owned the many abandoned buildings along the district’s main thoroughfare, Vine Street. Investigative Reporter Laure Quinlivan and her team assembled so much material that what was to be a series of short... read more

  • Wit

    This story of Vivian Bearing, a scholar of English literature suddenly faced with a diagnosis of terminal ovarian cancer, is a harrowing, yet deeply humane narrative of encounters with 21st century experimental medicine. Equally significant, it also becomes a powerful exploration of personal awakening in the face of inevitable mortality. Emma Thompson offers a brilliant performance as the central character, and flashbacks provide perspective as we see Bearings mentor, E.M. Ashford (Eileen Atkins), and her father (Harold Pinter)... read more

  • WTO Challenge
    WTO Challenge

    With accession to the World Trade Organization, China is opening its doors to world markets, bringing about what world businesses see as long-awaited opportunities. But for many in China, the WTO will bring disconcerting change and, some argue, devastating competition. WTO Challenge, an impressive three-part report, examines how various Chinese industries plan to cope in the new economic context. The documentary series compares the Chinese situation to those of other nations such as Mexico, which embarked on a... read more