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Peabody Awards Tap Ronan Farrow to Host, Announce 2019 Nominees

  • Variety
Peabody Awards Tap Ronan Farrow to Host, Announce 2019 Nominees
Ronan Farrow is set to host the 78th Annual Peabody Awards, Variety has learned. Additionally, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors have announced this year’s 60 nominees across entertainment, news, podcasts, web and documentary categories.

“It is our great honor to recognize the most powerful and compelling, but also most brilliant and creative programming of 2018,” said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody, in a statement. “Across genres and platforms, these are stories that help us make sense of our world, and locate our humanity in the joys and tragedies and struggles of people worldwide.”

Farrow is a contributing writer for The New Yorker and an investigative reporter and producer based at HBO. Most recently and notably, his reporting in The New Yorker exposed the first sexual-assault allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and garnered him a Pulitzer Prize for public service, a National Magazine Award, and a George Polk Award,
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Peabody Awards: 'Killing Eve,' 'Pose,' 'The Good Place' Among Nominees

Peabody Awards: 'Killing Eve,' 'Pose,' 'The Good Place' Among Nominees
The Peabody Awards board of jurors has revealed its 60 nominees for the most compelling and empowering stories released in 2018 across TV, radio and digital media.

Thirty winners will be selected from the below nominees in the categories of entertainment, news, documentary, children’s and public service programming. Those honorees will be celebrated at the 78th annual Peabody Awards ceremony, hosted by Ronan Farrow, in New York on May 18. Winners will be announced starting next week.

Notable documentary nominees include I Am Evidence, Minding the Gap, The Bleeding Edge and The Rape of Recy Taylor.

Entertainment nominees are Atypical, Barry, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, Homecoming, Killing Eve, Patriot ...
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'The Bleeding Edge' Doc Wins George Polk Award for Medical Reporting

'The Bleeding Edge' Doc Wins George Polk Award for Medical Reporting
The documentary The Bleeding Edge, currently streaming on Netflix, earned Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Amy Herdy the award for medical reporting when the 70th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism were announced at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 19. The annual awards recognize special achievements in journalism, with an emphasis on investigative and enterprise reporting.

The only feature documentary this year to be cited for a George Polk Award, the film exposes the failure of risk-prone medical devices brought to the market without clinical trials and implanted in patients by physicians who can lack appropriate training ...
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The Oscars Are About to Dump a Load of Short Lists on Us – Here’s What to Expect

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The Oscars Are About to Dump a Load of Short Lists on Us – Here’s What to Expect
It won’t exactly be on a par with Oscars nominations morning, but Monday will be one of the biggest December days in the history of the Academy Awards.

That’s because for the first time, the Academy isn’t systematically doling out the short lists of films that remain in contention. Instead, they’re dropping all the lists at once in a single press release that will trim the fields in Best Documentary Feature, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Song and six other categories.

One drop, nine categories, a total of 101 films that’ll get good news and far more that’ll be disappointed.

The strategy of dumping all the Oscars short lists at once has not been greeted with universal approval. For one thing, contenders in the different categories were used to having their individual moments in the spotlight. Music Branch voters, who are facing a pair
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Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick Sign First Look TV Deal With Entertainment One

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Amy Ziering, Kirby Dick Sign First Look TV Deal With Entertainment One
The Hunting Ground” filmmakers Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick have entered a two-year first-look deal with Entertainment One, the studio announced on Wednesday.

The deal will cover scripted and unscripted television content from Ziering and Dick’s Chain Camera production company. eOne will serve as the studio on all of the projects covered under the deal and control worldwide rights.

“Amy and Kirby are without a doubt two of the most important and well-respected filmmakers working in documentary film today. Together they have made films that have single-handedly defined and transformed our culture and have an unmatched record of crafting thrilling and original investigative features that are, in their own right, cinematic tours de force,” said Peter Micelli, eOne’s chief strategy officer for film and television. “We are thrilled that they will bring their bold talents to eOne and we look forward to providing them a platform where they
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Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick Ink First-Look Deal With Entertainment One

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Amy Ziering & Kirby Dick Ink First-Look Deal With Entertainment One
Two-time Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated investigative documentary filmmaking duo Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick have signed a two-year first-look deal with Entertainment One via their Chain Camera production company for scripted and unscripted television programming. Under the pact, eOne will serve as the studio on all of the projects coming out of the partnership and will control worldwide rights.

“Amy and Kirby are without a doubt two of the most important and well-respected filmmakers working in documentary film today. Together they have made films that have single-handedly defined and transformed our culture and have an unmatched record of crafting thrilling and original investigative features that are, in their own right, cinematic tours de force,” stated Peter Micelli, eOne’s Chief Strategy Officer, Film & Television. “We are thrilled that they will bring their bold talents to eOne and we look forward to providing them a platform where they can bring their authentic
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Oscar voters receive DVDs of ‘Beautiful Boy,’ ‘Cold War,’ ‘Suspiria’ and 2 Joaquin Phoenix films

Amazon Studios is a fairly new player in feature films having released its first title, “Chi-Raq,”in 2015. This year it is touting five films to Academy Awards voters, including the heartbreaking family drama “Beautiful Boy” starring Oscar nominees Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet; the red-hot love story “Cold War” by Oscar winner Paweł Pawlikowski (“Ida”); and Luca Guadagnino‘s remake of the horror classic “Suspiria.” All three of these Oscar contenders have been sent to academy members in time to watch over Thanksgiving.

And voters will get a chance to see Joaquin Phoenix in two very different films. In Gus Van Sant‘s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” he portrays John Callahan, a recently paralyzed alcoholic who finds fame drawing newspaper cartoons. And in Lynne Ramsay‘s psychological thriller “You Were Never Really Here,” he plays a traumatized hired gun who rescues trafficked girls. Phoenix
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'Bleeding Edge' Doc Makers Take on Medical-Device Industry: "You're a Guinea Pig and Just Don't Know It"

'Bleeding Edge' Doc Makers Take on Medical-Device Industry:
Writer-director Kirby Dick and producer Amy Ziering, who have joined forces on such influential documentaries as 2012's The Invisible War and 2015's The Hunting Ground, which exposed rape culture in the U.S. military and on college campuses, respectively, have turned to a new target, the $400 billion medical device industry. In The Bleeding Edge, airing on Netflix, they investigate how lax regulation and profit-driven corporations put patients at risk, documenting both the gruesome complications that some have suffered and the activists working to change the system.

Why this film now?

Amy Ziering Typically, we try to look for things that no one ...
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Marvel Explains Why Iron Man’s Bleeding Edge Armor Was Debuted In Avengers: Infinity War

The evolution of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits has been a subplot in itself over the years, and in Avengers: Infinity War, Robert Downey Jr. rocked his most formidable outfit to date.

The nanotech-enhanced Bleeding Edge design may not have been quite enough for our hero to hold his own against Thanos, but it still marked a major leap forward for the character’s ever-advancing tech, and in the new Infinity War artbook, Marvel Studios Evp of Production Victoria Alonso broke down the logic of this latest getup.

The Bleeding Edge was something that we talked about for a long time,” Alonso said. “We wanted to have something that was tighter to the body, that he could command on the go, that didn’t require him to suite up elsewhere. He could do it just by tapping the Rt, and create different weapons that came from the suit itself
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Us box office hits 'Won’t You Be My Neighbor?', 'Rbg', 'Three Identical Strangers', 'Free Solo' on Oscar docs longlist

Shortlist of 15 films to be announced on December 17.

Us box office hits Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Rbg, Three Identical Strangers and Free Solo have made it on to the 166-strong longlist of documentary feature Oscar hopefuls.

The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on December 17. Thursday’s (8) longlist includes Fahrenheit 11/9, Crime + Punishment, Generation Wealth, Maria By Calas, The Price Of Everything, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, Ruben Blades Is Not My Name, Shirkers, They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead, Trust Machine, and Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. are also in contention.

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166 Documentary Features Submitted for Oscars

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A total of 166 films have been submitted for consideration in the documentary feature category for the 91st Academy Awards.

Notable titles up for the gold include “Rbg,” “Three Identical Strangers,” “Free Solo” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” — which have performed strongly at the box office. Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” has grossed $22.6 million domestically.

Nine of the 10 titles named as finalists for the International Documentary Association’s top feature are on the list, including “Crime + Punishment,” “Dark Money,” “Free Solo,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Minding the Gap,” “Of Fathers and Sons,” “The Silence of Others,” “United Skates” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences noted that several of the 166 films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying runs. A shortlist of 15 movies will be announced on Dec. 17.

Nominations
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Academy Documentary Branch Faces Daunting 166 Documentary Feature Oscar Submissions

Last year, the Academy documentary branch had to grapple with a record 170 documentary feature submissions for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. This year, it’s not so bad: only 166 were entered. The short list of 15 will be announced, along with eight others for the first time on a single date this year: December 17.

All year, branch members have been getting lists of secure online screeners available to watch on the Academy website, increasing in volume until last month, when they received a batch of 77, with more to come. It’s a burden to watch them all, so the ones with the most attention move to the top of the much-watch list. Give the advantage to early box office hits that were made available in the summer such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Rbg,” and “Three Identical Strangers,” as well as September’s list including critically hailed “Dark Money,
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Academy Documentary Branch Faces Daunting 166 Documentary Feature Oscar Submissions

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Last year, the Academy documentary branch had to grapple with a record 170 documentary feature submissions for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar. This year, it’s not so bad: only 166 were entered. The short list of 15 will be announced, along with eight others for the first time on a single date this year: December 17.

All year, branch members have been getting lists of secure online screeners available to watch on the Academy website, increasing in volume until last month, when they received a batch of 77, with more to come. It’s a burden to watch them all, so the ones with the most attention move to the top of the much-watch list. Give the advantage to early box office hits that were made available in the summer such as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Rbg,” and “Three Identical Strangers,” as well as September’s list including critically hailed “Dark Money,
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2019 Oscars: 166 Documentary Features submitted including ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Rbg,’

2019 Oscars: 166 Documentary Features submitted including ‘Free Solo,’ ‘Rbg,’
A whopping 166 documentary features have been submitted to the academy for consideration at the 2019 Oscars. That is down by four from last year’s record 170 submissions. Among these contenders are all of the highest grossing documentaries of the year including “Free Solo,” “Rbg” and “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

To winnow the entries down to the 15 semi-finalists that will be announced on December 17, the academy is sending monthly packages of the newly eligible documentary feature screeners to all 400 or so members of the documentary branch. While all members are encouraged to watch as many of these as they can, one-fifth of the voters are assigned each title. In late November, each branch member will submit a preferential ballot listing their top 15 choices.

See 2019 Oscars: Foreign-language film entries from A (Afghanistan) to Y (Yemen)

All of these ballots will be collated to determine the 15 semi-finalists. Branch members will then be
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‘Rbg’ and ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Among 166 Documentaries Submitted for Oscars

  • The Wrap
In a year that has seen multiple documentaries find mainstream success, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the list of 166 docs that have been submitted for Oscar consideration this year.

Among the films on the list are Michael Moore’s anti-Trump polemic “Fahrenheit 11/9,” as well as CNN FilmsRuth Bader Ginsburg biography “Rbg” and FocusMister Rogers retrospective “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Other films considered frontrunners include “Three Identical Strangers,” the wild story of triplets who were separated at birth by a bizarre experiment, “Free Solo,” which documents the first ever attempt to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan without any climbing gear, and “Dark Money,” an investigative report into the influence of billionaires on American democracy through the lens of a Montana congressional race.

Also Read: Sorry, Oscar Documentary Voters: Your Workload Just Doubled

The contender field is slightly less than last year’s record field of 170 but does include,
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Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (‘The Bleeding Edge’): ‘No one is told the risks’ of new medical devices [Exclusive Video Interview]

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (‘The Bleeding Edge’): ‘No one is told the risks’ of new medical devices [Exclusive Video Interview]
“We tend to like to make films in areas where no one else is,” explains “The Bleeding Edge” producer Amy Ziering, “and we also like to break news. We like to look at things that no one knows about yet, and bring that story to the public.” This drive led her and director Kirby Dick to examine the unforeseen consequences of the quickly-growing medical device industry, where the rush to innovation can often cause irreparable harm to patients. Watch our exclusive video interview with Ziering and Dick above.

See Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in November 2018

Dick reveals that in their research they discovered “tens of thousands of medical devices” on the market, and “thousands of them have huge problems.” And because of the limited coverage of these devices and their human costs “these patients who have been harmed thought that they were the only one,
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2019 Oscar screeners: First wave includes ‘The Wife,’ ‘Colette,’ ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ ‘Mamma Mia 2’

Once again Sony Pictures Classics was out of the gate early this awards season and sent aDVD screeners to Academy Awards voters four months before they have to fill in their nominations ballots. The savvy awards strategists at this boutique brand shipped “The Wife,” a showcase for six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close, to voters in late September.

Focus Features followed a few days later with the critically acclaimed documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.” This in-depth biography of kiddie TV host Fred Rogers did boffo business this summer.

Netflix was next with the streaming services sending two screeners of well-reviewed features in mid October — “The Kindergarten Teacher” and “Private Life — and then four red-hot documentaries at the end of the month.

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By month’s end Bleecker Street had delivered four features – “Colette,” “Disobedience,” “Leave No Trace” and “What They Had” — and “McQueen,
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Sorry, Oscar Documentary Voters: Your Workload Just Doubled

  • The Wrap
Members of the Academy’s documentary branch received a generous gift from AMPAS on Friday: 77 new films that had qualified in this year’s Best Documentary Feature category.

And it turned what had been a modest year for docs — with a total of 83 films included in June, July, August and September groups — into one in which the number of eligible films that voters would need to watch nearly doubled.

The Academy also promised voters in the branch to expect a final batch of films in early November — which, if it hits double digits, will set a new record in the category.

Also Read: 'Free Solo' Leads Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

The previous high, set last year, was 170 films. With 160 already on the Oscar eligibility list and one additional (though likely small) batch yet to come, this year’s crop will give voters a lot of work to do before
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Beyond The Cove: what happened after the Oscar-winning documentary?

In new documentary A Whale of a Tale, film-maker Megumi Sasaki revisits the Japanese town of Taiji and examines the damage left behind

The 2009 documentary The Cove, which depicted the practice of corralling and slaughtering dolphins in a small bay tinged crimson from the blood, has visited a bewildering past decade upon the small Japanese town of Taiji.

Related: The Bleeding Edge: behind the terrifying new Netflix documentary
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Bayer Steps Up Attack on Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge,’ Calling Producers Ignorant of Medical Science and Ethics

  • Variety
Bayer is continuing the war of words against “The Bleeding Edge,” Netflix’s documentary about harms inflicted by the massive medical-device industry.

The Netflix film includes an examination of Bayer’s Essure birth-control device and its devastating effects on the lives of some women who received the implant. Last week, Bayer criticized “The Bleeding Edge” as presenting an “inaccurate and misleading picture of Essure” that ignored scientific evidence finding that “Essure’s benefits outweigh its risks.”

Bayer is pulling Essure from the U.S. market as of the end of 2018. It has cited, in part, publicity surrounding “The Bleeding Edge” for the decision. The company is facing extensive litigation related to Essure.

The team behind “The Bleeding Edge” defended the accuracy of their work this week. The filmmakers, led by producer Amy Ziering and director Kirby Dick, said in part that “Bayer has a long history of maligning critics of
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