Duane Baughman’s BHUTTO Wins Prestigious Peabody Award
Critically Acclaimed Film Recognized by Peabody Board for Excellence in Electronic Media in 2011
ATHENS, GEORGIA – Duane Baughman’s feature length documentary film, BHUTTO, which aired on PBS’s Independent Lens series, was among 38 recipients of the esteemed 71st Annual Peabody Award, announced yesterday by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. The Peabody honors outstanding achievements made in electronic media over the past year and is considered one of the most significant awards in media.
“The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards. Newcomb described BHUTTO as a documentary where “former Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto’s life story unfolded like an epic novel, with a fairy tale beginning, a martyr’s death and years of social awakening and political courage in between.”
“It is an absolute honor to have been recognized with an award as widely respected as the Peabody is,” said Baughman, director and producer of the multi-award winning film. “Benzair Bhutto’s story is an inspiring, heroic, and barrier-shattering for women across continents, religions, and ethnicities. I am humbled to have been able to share her legacy with the West, the world and women everywhere.”
Baughman, a national Democratic political consultant and president and creative director of The Baughman Company, has played a pivotal role in ground breaking victories for women leaders across America, including Hillary Clinton’s 20 primary and caucus wins during her historic 2008 presidential bid. Baughman has been instrumental in helping current HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius become the first woman re-elected Governor of Kansas and Shirley Franklin become the first African American woman Mayor of Atlanta.
His film has also earned both the ABCNews VideoSource Award from The International Documentary Association and an EPIC Award for its promotion of women’s rights and leadership by The White House Project.
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