NBC News, CNN Films Earn 2020 Peabody Awards Nominations

By A.J. Katz 

The 2020 Peabody Awards ceremony, set to take place on June 18 in Los Angeles, has been postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic. But that didn’t stop the Peabody Awards board of jurors from selecting 60 nominees representing the best stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2019.

Of those 60, PBS and HBO lead with 11 and seven, respectively, followed by Netflix (five), Amazon (three), and Showtime, CNN, NBC News and the podcast company Pineapple Street Studios (two each). From the list of nominees, 30 winners will be named at a later date.

NBC News earned two nominations in the News category: A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness, a digital documentary produced by NBC News’ Left Field studio. Also, American Betrayal, which was an episode from the MSNBC series On Assignment with Richard Engel. In this particular episode, Engel, NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent, “reported on the U.S. decision to abandon their allies the Kurds, combining unflinching front-line coverage and thoughtful forensic analysis.”


Additionally, last summer’s hit from CNN Films, Apollo 11, earned a Peabody nomination in the Documentaries category.

Here’s the entire list of nominees:


· Molly of Denali WGBH Educational Foundation, Atomic Cartoons (PBS Kids)

· Treasure Island 2020 Gen-Z Media (BYUradio)


· 16 Shots Showtime Documentary Films, in association with Topic, Impact Partners and Chicago Media Project (Showtime)

· American Factory Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media for Netflix (Netflix)

· Apollo 11 CNN Films (CNN)

· For Sama Frontline, Channel 4 News, ITN Productions, Channel 4 (PBS)

· Independent Lens: Hale Country This Morning, This Evening A production of Idiom Film and Louverture Films, in association with Field of Vision (PBS)

· Learning to Skateboard in a WarzZone (If You’re a Girl) Grain Media for A&E IndieFilms Network (A&E)

· Leaving Neverland Amos Pictures and HBO Documentary, in association with Channel Four (HBO)

· One Child Nation Next Generation in co-production with ITVS, WDR/ARTE, Motto Pictures and Pumpernickel Films, in association with Chicago Media Project and Chicken & Egg Pictures (Prime Video)

· POV: América Lifelike Docs, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

· POV: Inventing Tomorrow Fishbowl Films, Motto Pictures, 19340 Productions, Shark Island Institute, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, IQ190 Productions, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

· POV: Midnight Traveler Old Chilly Pictures, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service (PBS)

· POV: Roll Red Roll Sunset Park Pictures, Artemis Rising, Fork Films, Doc Society, Multitude Films, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

· POV: The Distant Barking of Dogs Final Cut for Real, Mouka Filmi, Story, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, American Documentary | POV (PBS)

· POV: The Silence of Others Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, El Deseo (PBS)

· Sea of Shadows Terra Mater Factual Studios, in association with Appian Way, Malaika Pictures, The Wild Lens Collective for National Geographic Documentary Films (National Geographic)

· Surviving R. Kelly Bunim/Murray Productions and Kreativ for Lifetime (Lifetime)

· The Edge of Democracy A Busca Vida Filmes Production, in association with Violet Films for Netflix (Netflix)

· True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality HBO Documentary Films and Kunhardt Films (HBO)

· Warrior Women Co-production of Castle King and ITVS, in association with Vision Maker Media (World Channel)

· Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men Showtime Documentary Films presents A Mass Appeal Production, in association with Endeavor Content (Showtime)


· Chernobyl HBO Miniseries and Sky, in association with Sister, The Mighty Mint and Word Games (HBO)

· David Makes Man Page Fright and Outlier Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)

· Dickinson Apple / wiip / Anonymous Content / Tuning Fork Productions / Sugar 23 Productions (Apple TV+)

· Fleabag All3Media International Limited and Amazon Studios (Prime Video)

· Float Pixar Animation Studios (Disney+)

· Good Omens BBC Worldwide Limited and Amazon Studios (Prime Video)

· Our Boys HBO, in association with Keshet Media Group and MoviePlus Productions (HBO)

· Ramy Hulu, A24 Television (Hulu)

· Stranger Things Monkey Massacre Productions and 21 Laps Entertainment (Netflix)

· Succession HBO Entertainment, in association with Project Zeus, Hyperobject Industries and Gary Sanchez Productions (HBO)

· Unbelievable Timberman-Beverly Productions, Sage Lane Productions, Escapist Fare, Katie Couric Media and CBS Television Studios for Netflix (Netflix)

· Watchmen HBO, in association with White Rabbit, Paramount, Warner Bros. Television and DC (HBO)

· When They See Us Participant Media, Tribeca Productions, Harpo Films and Array Filmworks for Netflix (Netflix)


· A Different Kind of Force: Policing Mental Illness (NBC News)

· American Betrayal NBC News, Engel Unit (NBC/MSNBC)

· Capitol Hill Controversy NewsChannel 5 Investigates (WTVF-TV)

· Coal’s Deadly Dust Frontline, NPR (PBS)

· Flint’s Deadly Water Frontline with Five O’Clock Films (PBS/WGBH)

· Police. Arrest PCCW NowTV (Now News)

· Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death—The Plight of the American Thoroughbred Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

· The Hidden Workforce: Undocumented in America (CNN)

· The Invisibles NBC5/KXAS-TV and Telemundo 39 (NBC5/KXAS-TV)

· Unwarranted (WBBM-TV)


· 70 Million Lantigua Williams & Co.

· Dolly Parton’s America Osm Audio and WNYC Studios (WNYC)

· Finding Fred Co-produced by iHeartMedia and Fatherly, in partnership with Transmitter Media (iHeartMedia)

· Gangster Capitalism: The College Admissions Scandal C13Originals, a division of Cadence 13 (C13Originals)

· Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul (WXPN)

· Have You Heard George’s Podcast? BBC Sounds/George the Poet Ltd. (BBC Sounds)

· Headlong: Running From COPS Pineapple Street Studios, Topic Studios (Stitcher)

· In The Dark: The Path Home American Public Media (APM Reports)

· Silencing Science Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX (public radio, Reveal)

· Stonewall OutLoud (NPR)

· The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow Pineapple Street Studios, Glass Cannon (Pineapple Street Studios)

· The Refuge Auricle Productions, Montana Public Radio, Pulitzer Center (Montana Public Radio)


· Border Hustle The Texas Tribune and Time

· Detained The Marshall Project, in partnership with The Guardian

· Long Island Divided Newsday