COMEDY CENTRAL'S® LONG-TIME ANIMATED HIT "SOUTH PARK"
HONORED WITH PRESTIGIOUS PEABODY AWARD
Irreverent Series Cited For Excellence In "Politically Incorrect Satire"
NEW YORK, April 5, 2006 -- "South Park," COMEDY CENTRAL's unique animated series, has been honored with a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in the 65th Annual Peabody Awards competition, it was announced today. "South Park," the irreverent animated hit that broke the mold on adult cartoons, burst on the scene in 1997 and immediately became COMEDY CENTRAL's highest rated show where it remains today, nearly ten years later.
In announcing the winning programs, the Peabody committee cited "South Park" as "COMEDY CENTRAL`s notoriously rude, undeniably fearless lampoon of all that is self-important and hypocritical in American life, regardless of race, creed, color or celebrity status."
Considered the broadcast and cable industry's most prestigious prize, the Peabody Awards were announced by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which has administered the Peabody Award program since its inception in 1940. The awards will be presented at a luncheon ceremony to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on June 5.
Jon Stewart, previous winner of two Peabody Awards for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's" "Indecision" election-year coverage in 2000 and 2004, will host the awards ceremony.
Last year, "South Park" received it first Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Series from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are co-creators and executive producers of "South Park." Anne Garefino is executive producer, with Frank Agnone and Jennifer Howell the producers. Parker directs the show and Eric Stough is director of animation.
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