‘Burka Avenger’ Wins US Award

New York: Burka Avenger, a Pakistani animated series about female empowerment, was among the international programs honored last Wednesday at the annual Peabody Awards, the oldest and one of the top honors in broadcasting.

Other winners were Danish political drama “Borgen” and a Philippine television network’s coverage of November’s Typhoon Haiyan that killed more than 6,000 people.

The Peabody Awards recognize the best in television, radio, internet broadcasting, producing organizations and individuals. A record 46 awards were handed out this year.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York on May 19.

Netflix political thriller “House of Cards” and jail house comedy-drama “Orange Is the New Black”, along with a trio of HBO documentaries, headlined the American winners.

Public broadcaster PBS won 12 awards, including one for “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” about football’s long-term health risks and “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy”, which examined the Jewish roots of American musical theater.

“House of Cards”, which was the first online-streaming show to win an Emmy award, was praised for Netflix’s unique approach of releasing all the season’s episodes at once.

“Netflix took binge viewing to a new level and obliterated the idea that a hit TV show needs a slot in prime time,” the Peabody panel said.





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