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POV Wins Peabody Award for 'My Perestroika'; Shares Honor with NPR and StoryCorps for 9/11 Audio and Shorts

   

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New York, NY — April 6, 2012 — Robin Hessman's My Perestroika which had its national broadcast premiere on the POV (Point of View) series on PBS, has won a George Foster Peabody Award, it was announced by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, StoryCorps won a Peabody — an honor shared with NPR and POV — for its September 11 audio and animated shorts, which were broadcast on NPR and POV.┬áThirty-eight recipients of the 71st Annual Peabody Awards, chosen by the Peabody board as the best in electronic media for the year 2011, were named. PBS won seven awards, more than any other organization. Other public media outlets won an additional six trophies.

The Peabody Awards, established in 1940 and administered by the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, are the oldest honor in electronic media. The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Monday, May 21.

POV, which begins its 25th anniversary season on PBS on Thursday, June 21, 2012, is American television's longest-running independent documentary series. It is the winner of a Special Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, two Independent Documentary Association Awards for Best Continuing Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. POV films have won 15 Peabody Awards, three Academy Awards, 27 Emmy Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, the Prix Italia and the Webby.

My Perestroika: Russia's past, present and possible future are revealed in nuanced detail by this beautifully constructed film about five schoolmates, now adults, who lived through that country's difficult transition from communism. With candor and humor, the punk rocker, single mother, entrepreneur and married teachers paint a picture of the dreams and disappointments of those raised behind the Iron Curtain. The film is a co-production of Red Square Productions/Bungalow Town Productions and ITVS International in association with American Documentary | POV.

My Perestroika was an Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, and that year won the Filmmaker Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Special Jury Award at Silverdocs. Credits: Director/ Cinematographer: Robin Hessman; Producers: Robin Hessman, Rachel Wexler; Editors: Alla Kovgan, Garret Savage. POV series credits: Executive Producer: Simon Kilmurry; Co-Executive Producer: Cynthia López; Vice President, Production and Programming: Chris White; Series Producer: Yance Ford.

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StoryCorps' 9/11 Audio and Animated Shorts: The national oral history project's powerful response to the 9/11 anniversary presented authorized excerpts from interviews with survivors and victims' relatives as well as animated shorts inspired by their remembrances. Since 2005, StoryCorps has worked with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to record more than 1,000 interviews with people affected by the events of 9/11. For the tenth anniversary of the attacks, StoryCorps paid tribute to Father Mychal Judge, New York City Fire Department Chaplain and the first confirmed death that day, in pieces that aired on NPR's Morning Edition. StoryCorps also produced "We Remember: StoryCorps Stories from 9/11," an hour-long special with NPR.

Additionally, StoryCorps created three animated shorts from recorded remembrances — Always a Family, She Was the One and John and Joe — that were broadcast on POV. The shorts were also featured on the homepage of YouTube on the ten-year anniversary, giving viewers deeper insight into what was lost that day. Credits: Produced by StoryCorps, NPR, POV and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Sir Patrick Stewart, star of two Peabody winners, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Macbeth, will be the host of the May 21 awards ceremony. The Peabody 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.

POV

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and now in its 25th season on PBS, the award-winning POV series is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today's best independent documentary filmmakers. Airing June through October with primetime specials during the year, POV has brought more than 325 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV's Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues. Visit www.pbs.org/pov.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the desJardins/Blachman Fund and public television viewers. Funding for POV's Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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POV Communications: 212-989-7425. Emergency contact: 646-729-4748
Amanda Nguyen, anguyen@pov.org; Cynthia López, clopez@pov.org
POV online pressroom: www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom

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