American Experience, television's longest-running and most-watched history series, was honored this morning with a George Foster Peabody Award, widely considered the most prestigious award for electronic media. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience is produced by public broadcaster WGBH Boston and airs on PBS stations nationwide.
Three American Experience films were singled out to represent the series’ body of work: Triangle Fire, telling the story a deadly workplace accident that forever changed the industry of the American factory; Freedom Riders, recounting the bravery of black and white Americans who took a stand against racism in one of the Civil Rights Movement's first decisive victories; and Stonewall Uprising, documenting 1969 protests that marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement in the United States and around theworld. These three documentaries will be honored under the banner of American Experience as a series.
“Only at WGBH would we be able to create films like these that tell the stories of ordinary people working to improve the unfolding project that is America,” said Executive Producer Mark Samels. WGBH Vice President for National Programming Margaret Drain added, “We are thrilled that one of WGBH’s signature series is being recognized with television’s most prestigious award.”
The Peabody Awards will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on May 21. Sir Patrick Stewart, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Macbeth, will be the host. 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. Selection is made by the Board following review by special screening committees of UGA faculty, students, and staff.
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