Banger Films’ Hip-Hop Evolution wins Peabody

Hip Hop Evolution
The four-part series, commissioned by Bell Media, is one of 12 documentary winners.

Banger Films’ Hip-Hop Evolution has won a Peabody Award, it was announced Tuesday.

The 4 x 60 minute series, commissioned by Bell Media, was one of 12 winners selected by the Peabody Board of Jurors in the documentary category.

The boards selected 60 finalists out of 1,200 entries from television, radio and web, celebrating compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media in 2016.

Hip-Hop Evolution revisits New York City in the 1970s to explore how the genre evolved from a house-party experiment to global phenomenon and how it created a voice for the disenfranchised.

The doc series was directed by Darby Wheeler, with co-direction by Scot McFayden and Sam Dunn. Kathleen Meek serves as executive producer. It world premiered at Hot Docs before its broadcast premiere on HBO Canada in September 2016 and has since picked up two Canadian Screen Awards, including best biography/arts doc program.