SoCal Connected wins every award its eligible for. It’ll either get canceled and be the “Arrested Development” of local PBS news programs or do a nightly show and actually build a real audience. We hope for the latter and expect the former.
Here’s the release in full:
KCET’S ‘SOCAL CONNECTED’ WINS PEABODY AWARD
KCET’s PBS Presentation of “Inventing LA: The Chandlers & Their Times,” also Wins Peabody
LOS ANGELES – March 31, 2010 – Two KCET programs have won the prestigious Peabody Award, for the best in electronic media, it was announced today by the University of Georgia. KCET’s six-time EmmyÂ® Award-winning weekly news program SoCal Connected
received the Peabody for “Up in Smoke,” an investigation into the proliferation of medical marijuana facilities in the Los Angeles region, and “Cannabis Cowboys,” an insider’s view of a 36-hour sting operation to destroy marijuana crops run by drug cartels inside California national parks.
The PBS broadcast of Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times, presented nationally by KCET, also earned a Peabody Award.
The 69th Annual Peabody Awards, which honored work produced and broadcast in 2009, cited SoCal Connected’s reports as “lively, eye-opening coverage” that includes “a revelation that there are now more legal medical-marijuana dispensaries in [Los Angeles]
than Starbucks franchises.” (That was in October 2009. In a follow-up report five months later, SoCal Connected reported there are now more medical marijuana dispensaries in the city than Starbucks, McDonald’s and 7-11 franchises combined). The award committee also singled out SoCal Connected for its “rare look” at “an elite police team of pot-farm eradicators.”
“Up in Smoke” is reported by Correspondent Judy Muller, produced by Karen Foshay and edited by Alberto Arce. “Cannabis Cowboys” is reported by Correspondent John Larson, produced by Rick Wilkinson and edited by Michael Bloecher. Associate producer is
Alexandria Gales. Also winning are SoCal Connected’s Executive Producer Bret Marcus and Senior Producer Justine Schmidt.
Of Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times, the award committee praised filmmaker Peter Jones for his work on “digging into the lives and machinations of the first family of Los Angeles newspaper…and [finding] drama enough for several feature films.”
Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times is written, directed and produced by Peter Jones.
About SoCal Connected
SoCal Connected, recent winner of six Emmys, eight Golden Mikes, including Best News Public Affairs Show, five LA Press Club awards for journalism, recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary, and Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best New
Local TV Program” of 2009, airs Thursdays (8:00 â€“8:30 p.m.), Fridays (8:30 â€“ 9:00 p.m.), Saturdays (6:00 â€“ 6:30 p.m.), and Sundays (6:30 â€“ 7:00 p.m.) exclusively on KCET. Executive producer of SoCal Connected is Bret Marcus.
For more information, to view episodes online or to post comments, please visit [ http://www.kcet.org/socal ]www.kcet.org/socal.
SoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, serving the Los Angeles community since 1952; Jim and Anne Rothenberg; Linda and Abbott Brown; The Elizabeth Hofert-Dailey Trust; The John Randolph Haynes & Dora
Haynes Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA and U.S. Bank.
About Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times
Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times, a documentary by Emmy-winning filmmaker Peter Jones, tells the story of the Los Angeles Times and the city’s most powerful family. Narrated by Live Schreiber, with passages, read by Academy Award nominee Hal
Holbrook, the film made its television broadcast premiere on PBS. Presented nationally on PBS in association with KCET Los Angeles, Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times is written, directed and produced by Peter Jones. Supervising producer is
Brian Tessier. Executive in Charge of Production for KCET is Bohdan Zachary. Executive Producer is Peter Jones. Music is by Earl Rose. Fiscal sponsor is International Documentary Association. Underwriting is provided by The Charles B. Thornton Family,
The California Council for the Humanities’ California Stories Initiative, The Skirball Foundation, The David Bohnett Foundation and PBS.