First Peabody Winners Festival set for March 27

March 14, 2013 – 9:22 AM

Thirty-plus recipients of the University of Georgia’s prestigious Peabody Awards will be announced via webcast at 10 a.m. March 27, and later that day, at 7 p.m., a sampling of the latest winners will be screened in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, 300 Hull St., Athens.

For this film festival in brief, Peabody archivists will assemble a program of roughly two hours duration from a newly announced list of winners that will include examples of TV, radio and internet entertainment, news, documentaries and public service campaigns. Last year’s winners, for instance, included “Portlandia” and “Parks and Recreation,” news coverage of the Japanese tsunami, the website TED.com, and a South African public-service soap opera about the young, the restless and the threat of HIV infection.

The 10 a.m. winners-announcement webcast will be available at www.peabodyawards.com. A complete list of this year’s winners with short descriptions will be posted on the Peabody site after the webcast concludes.

The Peabody Awards, the oldest in broadcasting, are among the selective and coveted prizes in electronic media. The awards recognize excellence and meritorious work by radio and television stations, networks, webcasters, producing organizations and individuals. The 16-member Peabody Board is a distinguished panel of television critics, industry practitioners and experts in culture and the arts. Selection is made by the board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students and staff. For more information regarding the Peabody Awards program, see www.peabodyawards.com.

The Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection is one of the largest broadcasting archives in the country, with over 250,000 titles preserved in film, audio and videotape and other recording formats. The only public archive in Georgia devoted solely to the preservation of audiovisual materials, the Brown Media Archives holds programs dating from the 1920s to the present day. For more information, see http://www.libs.uga.edu/media/index.html  or visit the exhibit space in the Russell Special Collections Building.

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