The TV productions of "Annie" and "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years" were honored with broadcast media's prestigious Peabody Awards March 29.
Both TV movies, which aired in 1999, were drawn from popular stage works: "Annie," starring Kathy Bates, a hit on ABC, is based on the 1977 Broadway musical about Little Orphan Annie; and "Having Our Say," starring Ruby Dee and Diahann Carroll, began as a play by Emily Mann, based on a best-selling biographical book.
The 59th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards continue a tradition of recognizing excellence in broadcast media (radio, cable and TV). The awards (with no nominees, just honorees) are administered by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The awards will be presented May 22 at the Waldorf=Astoria.
"Annie," produced by Storyline Entertainment, Columbia Tristar Television, Inc., and Chris Montan Productions in association with Walt Disney Television, was cited for telling a beloved story "in exciting and innovative new ways."
"Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years," produced by Televest, Columbia-Tristar Television in association with Cosby & James Productions, told of the daughters of ex slaves who went on to "lives of achievement and unexpected celebrity," according to the Peabody announcement. Peabody judging is done by a 15-person national advisory board whose members include TV critics, broadcast and cable industry executives, and experts in culture and fine arts.
Judges are under no restrictions on the number of annual winners that may be selected.
-- By Kenneth Jones