Keegan-Michael Key to Host the 75th Peabody Awards
Wes Unruh - 4/7/2016
The 75th Peabody Awards ceremony gala will be held on the evening of Saturday, May 21 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York and be hosted by Peabody Award recipient Keegan-Michael Key.
Once again, the gala will be televised in a 90-minute special, “The 75th Anniversary Peabody Awards,” airing on Pivot, Monday, June 6 (8 pm ET/PT). Pivot is repeating the success of last year’s telecast by bringing back the production talents of Den of Thieves.
Additional 75th anniversary Peabody events
As part of the week leading up to the Peabody Awards gala, several New York events will also be held to commemorate the 75th anniversary. On May 18, the cast and showrunner of one of this year’s winners will be present for a screening and discussion, sponsored by Pivot, which will take place at the New York Institute of Technology auditorium. On May 19, Peabody will look back across the career of Sheila Nevins and a selection of the 49 Peabody winners that the HBO documentary unit has won over the last 35 years. That event will take place in the HBO screening room at HBO headquarters.
“It is an immense honor for the University of Georgia to help usher in the 75th installment of the Peabody Awards,” said Jones. “As media have evolved during these many decades, so have the awards. Great stories and story-telling now takes place on platforms that provide a level of audience engagement that no one could have imagined only a short time ago. While once again the main event will be the awards ceremony, we are pleased to expand our activities on this special occasion to include new events which also honor achievement in electronic media.”
Peabody Awards gala host
Key, an award-winning actor, writer and creator, has become one of the most creative and in-demand faces in Hollywood for both comedy and drama. He is the co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele with Jordan Peele,” a 2014 Peabody Award-winning show that has become a TV and viral sensation. On television he has also appeared in USA’s “Playing House,” Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital” and NBC’s “Parks & Recreation,” and was a series regular on FOX’s “MADtv” for six seasons and CBS’ “Gary Unmarried.”
In film, Key recently completed production on Peter Atencio’s “Keanu” (a Warner Bros. release set for April 29). The film follows friends who hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. He also recently completed production on Mike Birbiglia’s comedy “Don’t Think Twice” opposite Gillian Jacobs; is currently in production on John Hamburg’s “Why Him?” (with James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Deutch and Megan Mullally) which opens this November; and counts “Vacation,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Let’s Be Cops” among his most recent film credits.
Key was named among Time magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2014” and Entertainment Weekly’s “Entertainers of the Year of 2012.” A founder of The Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck, Michigan, he’s also a veteran of Detroit and Chicago’s The Second City Theater.