The 76th Peabody Award finalists and winners have been announced, and it’s no surprise that television shows filmed in Georgia have been nominated. More than 1,200 projects were submitted, and only 60 were culled down to become finalists.
What are the Peabody Awards?
Named for philanthropist George Foster Peabody, the awards were first created in 1940 by WSB employees in Atlanta. The awards are handed out by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens and are some of the most prestigious in the media field. Documentaries, television shows, news broadcasts, podcasts and even public service programming are all up for awards.
Georgia film nominated for Peabody Awards
Georgia-lensed FX’s “Atlanta” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things” already have been awards season darlings in their first seasons, and both were nominated under the Peabody’s entertainment category. “Atlanta” took home one of seven awards in the category.
Donald Glover, a native of Stone Mountain, shared his love for the city of Atlanta during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. The show that he writes, produces and stars in is about three young men trying to make it in the city’s music industry. It was also filmed throughout the city.
“Stranger Things” is a 1980s-inspired science fiction series about a young boy who goes missing and his mother who will do anything to find him. The Netflix series, which stars Winona Ryder alongside a cast of up and coming young actors, has gained a cult following and is already slated to return in October for its second season.
The Peabody Awards ceremony took place at a gala event in New York on May 20, and it will be broadcast on PBS and Fusion on Friday, June 2 at 9 p.m. Rashida Jones, of TNT’s “Angie Tribeca,” will host.
By Caroline Eubanks, Explore Georgia Blog