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Peabody Awards 2013 Include ‘Girls,’ ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Game Change’

Peabody Awards 2013 Include 'Girls,' 'Doctor Who' and 'Game Change'

The 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in entertainment, broadcast journalism and electronic media were announced today, with HBO’s “Girls,” “Game Change” and documentary “Marina Abramovich: The Artist Is Present,” along with the BBC’s “Doctor Who,” all taking honors. 

Here’s the full list of film, TV and broadcast winners, with the radio winners here:

Entertainment Winners


“D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List”

Comedy Central

The comic’s hourlong special took on the question of whether
black men should be on the endangered species list.


“Game Change”


A TV movie that examined John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin
as running mate.




The show by Lena Dunham that explores the lives of young
women (and young men) in New York.




Louis C.K.’s groundbreaking comedy that defies




A cop show set in LA that is full of vivid characters and
memorable partnerships.


“Switched at Birth”

ABC Family

This ABC Family soap tells the story of two very different
families while allowing its audience to explore the nuances of deaf culture.


Institutional Winners


“Doctor Who”

BBC/BBC America

For those who keep track of time (and Time Lords), it’s the
classic sci-fi show’s 50th anniversary.


Lorne Michaels

Michaels is the executive producer and all-around guru of
“Saturday Night Live,” “30 Rock,” “Portlandia”
and many other comedic ventures in television and film.


The “Up” series of documentaries (“7
Up,” “14 Up,” “21 Up,” etc.) by Michael Apted

This series of television documentaries, which check in on a
cross-section of English men and women every seven years, have been enormously
influential for several decades.


News, Education & Documentary Winners:


Breaking News: Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary


The local West Hartford’s station’s coverage of the tragedy.


CNN’s Coverage Inside Syria and Homs


The cable news channel’s reports from inside war-torn Syria.


“Deception at Duke”

“60 Minutes”/CBS

This story, which details a medical breakthrough that proved
to be too good to be true, is available in its entirety here.


“Design Ah!”

NHK, Japan

An engaging show about design that is aimed at young




This British TV program wins for two documentaries it
broadcast in 2012: “The Other Side of Jimmy Savile” and “Banaz:
An Honour Killing.”


“Ford Escape: Exposing a Deadly Defect”


A Phoenix station’s coverage of a serious problem in two
different cars led to national action.


“Investigating the Fire”


A Denver TV station’s meticulous reconstruction of
everything that went wrong before, during and after a controlled burn that went
awry and took several lives.


“Investigating the IRS”


An Indianapolis’ station’s coverage of a surprising (and
costly) tax loophole that is used nationwide.


“Joy in the Congo”

“60 Minutes”/CBS

This uplifting story about an African symphony is available
in its entirety here.


“The Loving Story”

HBO/Augusta Films

A documentary about an interracial couple who married in
1958 and whose legal odyssey took them to the Supreme Court.


“Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present”


An illuminating portrait of the performance artist and her
recent MoMA show.


“MLK: The Assassination Tapes”

Smithsonian Channel

An assemblage of local Memphis news reports, interviews and
radio pieces recorded before and after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr.


“Rapido y Furioso” (“Fast and Furious”)


A thorough examination of the controversial Fast and
Furious/”gunwalking” program as seen through the eyes of Mexicans who
endured its consequences.


“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”


A well-regarded program that airs sports news, features and


“Reel Time: Salat (Bone Dry)”


A documentary from the Philippines that takes viewers inside
the lives of an impoverished young girl and her family.


“Robin’s Journey”

ABC News

A series of pieces documenting Robin Roberts’ illness,
treatment and recovery, as well as her efforts to publicize bone-marrow


“Russia, Putin and the West”

Brook Lapping Productions/National Geographic Channel

An in-depth recounting of Vladimir Putin’s rise to power and
his relationships with former Soviet-bloc nations, Russia’s citizens and
Western nations.



A thorough and timely collection of law resources and
coverage of the Supreme Court.


“Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood”

Al Jazeera

A documentary about a young boy who is evicted from his home
in East Jerusalem, but who finds an unexpected ally.


“Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”

The New York Times

An in-depth and innovative examination of an accident that
killed or injured several skiers.


“Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes

Channel 4

A documentary presenting evidence of atrocities committed in
Sri Lanka near the end of the country’s civil war. It can be viewed in its
entirety here (registration required).


“Summer Pasture”

PBS/Independent Lens

An up-close look at the life of a Tibetan herder and the
choices he and his family face.


Superstorm Sandy

ABC News

The network’s coverage of the devastating storm that hit the
East Coast.


“Under Fire: Journalists in Combat”

JUF Pictures; aired in the US on Documentary Channel

A documentary about reporters and photographers on the front
lines of combat and other dangerous situations (this film is on Netflix and


“Why Poverty?”

PBS/Steps International

A series of eight documentaries on wealth, poverty and the
attempts to bridge the gap between the two. The documentaries are: “Solar
Mamas” (directed by Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim), “Welcome to
the World” (Brian Hill), “Poor Us: An Animated History” (Ben
Lewis), “Park Avenue” (Alex Gibney), “Land Rush” (Hugo
Berkeley & Osvalde Lewat), “Give Us the Money” (Bosse Lindquist),
“Stealing Africa” (Christoffer Guldbrandsen) and “Education,
Education” (Weijun Chen). The documentaries are available in full here.

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