Under Fire documentary wins Peabody

The project is among 39 honourees for the 72nd annual Peabody Awards, chosen to represent the best in electronic media for 2012.

Martyn Burke’s Under Fire: Journalists in Combat is among the documentary honourees for the 72nd annual Peabody Awards.

Produced by Burke and Anthony Feinstein in association with Canada’s documentary channel, Under Fire examines the psychological costs of covering wars using combat footage and first-hand accounts from journalists who were on the ground in conflict zones.

The documentary, which was short-listed for the 2012 Academy Awards, was produced with assistance from The Canada Media Fund, the Rogers Documentary Fund and tax credits.

Also among the honourees are the eight-film ‘Why Poverty?’ project, ITV’s explosive The Other Side of Jimmy Savile exposé, and HBO’s Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.

The full list of honourees, announced today by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, was chosen by the Peabody board as representing the best in electronic media for the year 2012.

The awards will be formally presented at a luncheon ceremony on May 20 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

The documentary honourees, with credits supplied by the Peabody Awards, are as follows:

Under Fire: Journalists in Combat (Documentary Channel HD)

JUF Pictures Inc., Documentary Channel, Canada

‘Why Poverty?’ (PBS)

Steps International

MLK: The Assassination Tapes (Smithsonian Channel)

1895 Films for Smithsonian Channel

‘Reel Time’: Salat (Bone Dry) (GMA News TV)

GMA Network Inc. (GMA News TV)

Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighborhood (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera, Just Vision

The Loving Story (HBO)

Augusta Films and HBO Documentary Films with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Marina Abramovi?: The Artist is Present (HBO)

Show of Force, Mudpuppy Films and HBO Documentary Films

Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished (Channel 4, U.K.)

ITN Productions for Channel 4 Television, U.K

‘Exposure’: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile (ITV1)

ITV Studios and

‘Exposure’: Banaz: An Honour Killing (ITV)

Hardcash Productions/Fuuse Films

Putin, Russia and The West (BBC2 UK)

Brook Lapping Productions, National Geographic Channel U.S.

‘Independent Lens’: Summer Pasture (PBS)

True-Walker Productions, Independent Television Service

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