Congratulations, PBS!

Finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards were announced last week and PBS programs received 11 nominations.

Here’s a complete list of the PBS finalists…

FRONTLINE “Chasing Heroin”
PBS/WGBH
Documentary Finalist

FRONTLINE “Confronting ISIS”
PBS/WGBH
Documentary Finalist

FRONTLINE “Exodus”
PBS/WGBH
Documentary Finalist

GREAT PERFORMANCES “Hamilton’s America”
A Radical Media Production in association with THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET (PBS)
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Congratulations, PBS!

Last week, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominees for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Entertainment Awards. The good news? PBS and PBS Kids programs received 31 nominations! In addition, APT (American Public Television) received seven nominations and NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association) earned one, making for a combined total of 39 nominations for public media. The children’s series Odd Squad alone garnered an impressive fifteen nominations!

Here’s a list of all these PBS and public television nominees…

Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series
ODD SQUAD

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
PEG+CAT

Outstanding Culinary Program
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – APT
THE MIND OF A CHEF

Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program
JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE – APT

Outstanding Special Class Series
LANDSCAPES THROUGH TIME WITH DAVID DUNLOP – NETA

Outstanding Interactive – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series
CYBERCHASE: Save the Park!
ODD SQUAD
PEG+CAT

Outstanding Interactive – Original Daytime Content
DESIGN SQUAD

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Topical
DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS
BLACK AMERICAN SINCE MLK: AND STILL I RISE

Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Image
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PBS Wins Again

The 69th Annual Writers Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. PBS programs were honored with three awards (including one tie between two Frontline programs).

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
AMERICAN EXPERIENCE “Command and Control”
Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS (Tie)
FRONTLINE “The Choice 2016”
Written by Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser; PBS

FRONTLINE “Inside Assad’s Syria”
Written by Martin Smith; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
JACKIE ROBINSON “Part One”
Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

Congratulations to these celebrated writers and to all the PBS programs on their wins!

Award Shows

The 31st Annual Midsouth Regional Emmy Awards were announced at a ceremony in Nashville, TN on January 21 and three UNC-TV projects were honored with awards. Here’s a list of the winners…

INFORMATIONAL/INSTRUCTIONAL SERIES

Seasonal Science, UNC-TV, David Huppert, Melissa Salpietra

MAGAZINE PROGRAM

Our State 801, UNC-TV, Morgan Potts, David Hardy, Heather Dollar, Mike Burke, Amy Meiggs, Karen Pearce, Mike Milstead

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

PBS Kids Writers Winner’s Circle, UNC-TV, Heather Dollar, Len Faulconer, Tisha Howard, Nancy Rich

Congratulations to everyone involved with these projects!

One Last Hurrah!

Nominations for the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards were released last week and Downton Abbey received what may be its final nomination.

The entire cast was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, pitting them against stiff competition from non-PBS series like Westworld, Stranger Things, Game Of Thrones and The Crown. Still, let’s cross our fingers that the Masterpiece series will receive due recognition while it still can.

The SAG Awards will be handed out on January 23, 2017.

Kudos To Us

The nominations for the 31st Annual MidSouth Regional Emmy Awards were announced last week and, once again, UNC-TV was well represented. UNC-TV Staff, UNC-TV original programming and programs UNC-TV presented from independent producers were all nominated for Emmy Awards. Take look at the nominees below.

LIGHT FEATURE NEWS SERIES

  • My Home, NC

DOCUMENTARY/CULTURAL

  • Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals
  • EARTHCASTER

DOCUMENTARY/HISTORICAL

  • America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and The Asheville Experiment
  • From Poverty to Power: The James B. Duke Story

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Par Excellence!

Once again, PBS is the recipient of some prestigious award nominations – this time in an all new event!

On October 10, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced nominees in the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards. Previously, awards recognizing documentary work were presented at the Critics’ Choice Awards but this new venue was created to enhance the documentary awards with more doc-specific categories.

The 2016 PBS’ Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominees are:

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
INDEPENDENT LENS “Tower”

BEST DIRECTION OF A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
INDEPENDENT LENS “Tower”

BEST POLITICAL DOCUMENTARY
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