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Peabody Awards Honor ‘Daily Show’ & David Letterman, Name Finalists (EXCLUSIVE)

“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and former late-night host David Letterman will be among the honorees at the 75th annual Peabody Awards, Variety has learned exclusively.

In addition, 60 finalists have been set by the awards’ board of jurors. From that field, 30 winners — the Peabody 30 — will be selected. Those winners will be revealed beginning next week and honored at the Peabody Awards ceremony in New York May 21.

Among the finalists are ABC’s “Black-ish” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” FX’s “Fargo,” Amazon’s “Transparent” and “Catastrophe,” HBO’s “The Leftovers” and “Veep,” Showtime’s “Listen to Me Marlon,” Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” and “Master of None,” USA’s “Mr. Robot” and Lifetime’s “UnReal.”

The first group of winners will be announced April 19 on Facebook Live. Subsequent rounds of winners will be revealed April 21 on NBC’s “Today” and April 26 on Facebook Live.

Letterman and documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson were selected to receive individual Peabody Awards. “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” was chosen to receive an institutional award.

Letterman stepped down in 2015 from his role as host of CBS’ “Late Show,” a post he held since founding the show in 1993. From 1982 to 1992, he served as host of NBC’s “Late Night.” “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” ran from 1999 to 2015, when Stewart stepped down and Trevor Noah took over as host of the Comedy Central late-night talk show. Nelson is the filmmaker behind the Peabody-winning documentaries “The Murder of Emmet Till,” “Freedom Summer” and “Freedom Riders.”

Based at the University of Georgia, the Peabody Awards celebrates projects in the fields of news, entertainment, documentaries, children’s programming, education, interactive programming, and public service, encouraging the media industries to reach for and achieve the highest standards.

See the full list of finalists below:

Abdi and the Golden Ticket (This American Life)
This American Life
Radio/Podcast

All In With Chris Hayes: Back to Baltimore (MSNBC)
MSNBC’S All in with Chris Hayes
News

American Experience: Last Days In Vietnam (PBS)
A Moxie Firecracker Production for American Experience, WGBH
Documentary

American Experience: Walt Disney (PBS)
A Sarah Colt Productions Film with the participation of Arte for American Experience, WGBH
Documentary

Beasts of No Nation (Netflix)
Red Crown Productions, Participant Media, Come What May Productions, New Balloon
Entertainment

black-ish (ABC)
ABC Studios
Entertainment

Book of Negroes (BET Networks)
Conquering Lion Pictures
Entertainment

Burning Questions: WTAE Investigates Fire Response Times (WTAE-TV)
WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh
News

Catastrophe (Amazon Video)
Avalon Television/Amazon Studios
Entertainment

CNN’s Coverage of Guns in America (CNN & CNN Digital)
CNN
News

Cruel and Unusual: The Texas Prison Crisis (WFAA-TV)
WFAA-TV, Dallas
News

Desperate Journey (PBS, WETA-TV)
PBS NewsHour
News

Deutschland 83 (SundanceTV)
Fremantle International/Kino Lorber
Entertainment

Divided by Law (KUAT-TV)
Arizona Public Media
Radio/Podcast

Do Not Track (donottrack.us)
Upian, National Film Board of Canada, Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, CBC/Radio-Canada
Web

European Migrant Crisis/A New Life in Europe/Year of Migration (BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio)
BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio
News

Fargo Installment 2 (FX Networks)
FX Productions, MGM Studios
Entertainment

Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
20th Century Fox Television
Entertainment

Gardeners of Eden (Pivot)
Ganesh Forever
Documentary

Get Real – Heart of the Haze (Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp Pte Ltd)
Channel NewsAsia, Mediacorp Pte Ltd
Public Service

Glen Campbell. . .I’ll Be Me (CNN)
PCH Films
Documentary

Going Clear: Scientology and The Prison Of Belief (HBO)
Jigsaw Productions, HBO Documentary Films, and Sky Atlantic
Documentary

Gravity Falls (Disney XD)
Disney Television Animation
Children’s/Youth

Growing Up Trans (PBS/WGBH)
FRONTLINE
Documentary

How to Dance in Ohio (HBO)
HBO Documentary Films, Gidalya Pictures, and Blumhouse
Documentary

Independent Lens: 1971 (PBS)
Maximum Pictures LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in Association with Big Mouth Productions, Motto Pictures and Fork Films
Documentary

Independent Lens: India’s Daughter (PBS)
Assassin Films, BBC Storyville, UK-INDIA, and Tathagat Films in association with Gamini Plyatissa Foundation, Vital Voices Global Partnership, DR, Plus Pictures Aps, CBC News Network, SVT, IKON, RTS, SRF, and RAI
Documentary

Independent Lens: Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (PBS)
Through a Lens Darkly, LLC, and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), produced in association with the National Black Programming Consortium
Documentary

Inheritance (PBS/WGBH)
FRONTLINE
Web

Injured Heroes, Broken Promises (KXAS-TV, NBC 5)
KXAS-TV, NBC 5, Dallas-Ft. Worth
News

Invisibilia (NPR)
National Public Radio
Radio/Podcast

ISIS in Afghanistan (PBS/WGBH)
FRONTLINE
Documentary

Katie Morag (Cbeebies)
Move on Up
Children’s/Youth

Listen to Me Marlon (Showtime)
Showtime Documentary Films Presents, A Passions Pictures Production, Cutler Productions
Documentary

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix
Entertainment

Master of None (Netflix)
Universal TV, Oh Brudder Productions, Alan Yang Productions, Fermulon
Entertainment

Meet the Composer (WQXR.org)
WQXR’s Q2 Music
Radio/Podcast

Mr. Robot (USA Network)
Universal Cable Productions
Entertainment

Night Will Fall (HBO)
Spring Films, Angel TV, and Ratpac Documentary Films in association with HBO Documentary Films
Documentary

911: Lost On The Line (WXIA-TV)
WXIA-TV
News

POV: Don’t Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie) (PBS)
American Documentary Inc. | POV
Documentary

Precious Lives (WUVM, WNOV, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism)
371 Productions
Radio/Podcast

Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields (HBO)
Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel
News

Secret Mustard Gas Experiments (NPR News)
National Public Radio
News

60 Minutes: A Crime Against Humanity (CBS)
CBS News 60 Minutes
News

60 Minutes: The Death Penalty in America (CBS)
CBS News 60 Minutes
News

The Case for School Desegregation Today (This American Life)
This American Life
Radio/Podcast

The Cosby Accusers Speak (NBC)
Dateline NBC
News

The Counted: People killed by police in the United States (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/counted-us-police-killings/)
The Guardian US
Web

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)
Hit the Ground Running
Documentary

The LaQuan McDonald Investigation (WMAQ-TV)
WMAQ-TV, Chicago
News

The Leftovers (Season 2) (HBO)
HBO Entertainment and Warner Bros Television in association with Damon Lindelof Productions and Film 44
Entertainment

The Memory Palace (http://thememorypalace.us/, Radiotopia)
Nate Dimeo
Radio/Podcast

The Rain Forest Was Here — Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon (NPR Broadcast + Digital npr.org)
National Public Radio
Radio/Podcast

Transparent (Amazon Video)
Amazon Studios
Entertainment

UnREAL (Lifetime)
A+E Studios
Entertainment

VEEP (Season 4) (HBO)
HBO Entertainment in association with Dundee Productions
Entertainment

What Happened, Miss Simone? (Netflix)
A Radical Media Production in association with Moxie Firecracker for Netflix
Documentary

Wild Kratts (PBS Kids)
Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group
Children’s/Youth Programming

Wolf Hall (PBS)
A Playground Entertainment and Company Pictures Production for BBC and MASTERPIECE in association with BBC Worldwide, Altus Media and Prescience
Entertainment

 

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