Peabody Awards Telecast Moves to PBS, Fusion

Rashida Jones will host this year’s ceremony, which will take place May 20.

The Peabody Awards telecast is on the move.

The upcoming 76th annual ceremony will be broadcast on PBS and Fusion for the first time, it was announced Monday. Additionally, actress-writer-producer Rashida Jones has been tapped to host the annual gala, which is set for May 20th.

PBS and Fusion will air the ceremony on Friday, June 2 at 9 p.m., with Fusion also producing a half-hour special live from the red carpet that will launch at 8:30 p.m. Once again, Den of Thieves will produce the telecast.

Sixty finalists for this year’s honors will be announced April 5th, and then the 30 winners will be revealed beginning April 12.

The move to PBS and Fusion comes after the demise of Pivot, which had a three-year deal to broadcast the Peabodys that ended in 2016. Before that, the Peabodys had not been telecast in more than a decade. 

“We are proud to join forces with PBS and Fusion in honoring the year’s best stories in television, radio, podcasts and digital narratives,” Peabody Awards director Jeffrey P. Jones said. “Today more than ever, Peabody’s mission to highlight the most compelling and empowering stories and their impact on society is vital to public discourse. Broadcasting our awards ceremony to the loyal viewers of PBS and on Fusion’s burgeoning network is a wonderful way to showcase stories that matter.”

First given out in 1941, the Peabodys hail from the University of Georgia and recognize the best across multiple electronic media platforms. Last year’s TV honorees included Mr. Robot, Transparent, The Daily Show and The Leftovers.

“The Peabody Awards have a long history of recognizing excellence in media,” said PBS’ chief programming exec Beth Hoppe. “Acknowledging stories that matter is a core value of PBS, and we are thrilled to partner with them to bring the Peabody Awards honoring the best-of-the-best in media to PBS viewers around the country.”

Added Fusion president Daniel Eilemberg: “We are excited to be partnering with PBS and Peabody to celebrate some of the most powerful storytelling of the past year—especially those that elevate underrepresented voices and shine a light on untold stories of significance to the young, diverse communities we serve.”

Jones’ credits include starring roles on Parks and Recreation and Angie Tribeca, as well as exec producing TNT’s upcoming Claws.

SOURCE: awards holly