Orphan Black earns 2014 Peabody Award

The Canadian drama joins other award winners like Netflix's House of Cards, AMC's Breaking Bad and the NFB's Highrise project.

Space’s Orphan Black on Wednesday found itself in venerable company as it earned a Peabody Award from the University of Georgia.

Other winners this year include ABC’s Scandal, AMC’s Breaking Bad and the Netflix series Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

“Being awarded a Peabody is an unexpected and distinguished honour.  Temple Street is so proud of Orphan Black and everyone involved in the series.  This recognition is a testament to the incredible talent assembled both on and off screen and also the support and collaborative efforts of all of our partners on the show,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers and co-presidents of Temple Street Productions, which produces the series.

“It’s all about cloning, but Orphan Black is one of a kind – a super-charged, stylized sci-fi action serial that ponders identity, humanity, bioethics and genetic research when it occasionally stops for breath,” the U.S. university’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication said when citing the Space and BBC America series. “Tatiana Maslany is a marvel in the title role,” it added.

The NFB-backed digital project  A Short History of the Highrise also won a Peabody Award. The interactive website, which was a collaboration between the NFB and The New York Times Opinion Pages,  allowed users to explore 2,500 years of “vertical living.”

The Peabody Awards, which honour both journalist achievement and entertainment programs, will be handed out on May 19 and will air on the Pivot cable network.

- with files from Realscreen