The red carpet rolls out this weekend to celebrate the highest achievements in radio and television, networks, webcasting, podcasting, producing organizations and individuals at the 74th annual George F. Peabody Awards:
The May 31 ceremony in New York will have a new venue: the Greek revival special-events palace Cipriani Wall Street. For the first time, the ceremony will be a Sunday night event, complete with red carpet, rather than a workday luncheon.
Actor-producer-writer Fred Armisen, co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated "Portlandia," and an 11-season Saturday Night Live veteran, will emcee the reimagined event. The Peabody Awards and Pivot television network collaborated to create an event with TV foremost in mind. In June, Pivot will air the 90-minute prime-time special that combines the best of the ceremony, with interviews and clips of winning programs.
Many of our colleagues in New York City this weekend will enjoy opportunities to spend time with this year's winners - great fun all around. Congratulations to all the winners and to the Peabody Awards themselves as they continue to build on the prestige and reputation of recognizing broadcast excellence.