Channing Tatum, Leslie Knope Take Home Peabody Awards

Next time you find yourself feeling particularly proud of your accomplishments, remember that in addition to the rest of his curriculum vitae, Channing Tatum now has a Peabody Award for co-executive producing an HBO documentary about the Rwandan genocide alongside his wife, actress Jenna Dewan, and you don’t. Better get cracking on that screenplay, friend. And he’s in good company, joining a long list of distinguished winners including Edward R. Murrow, Norman Lear, The Sopranos and Blue’s Clues

The 71st annual George Foster Peabody Awards, which honor achievements in public service by radio and television stations, individuals and networks and Internet enterprises for public service and excellence. Other honorees from this year include critical-darling television shows Parks and Recreation ("a shrewd, good-natured comedy"), Portlandia, Homeland and Game of Thrones ("wonder and mayhem"), as well as Jeopardy! 

Watch a trailer for the Tatum-produced documentary Earth Made of Glass below:

Sports Doc Series ’30 For 30′ Returns for a Second Season

Sports nuts, documentary nuts and sports documentary nuts rejoice: ESPN’s film series, 30 For 30, which delves into compelling stories from the sporting world guest-directed by a wide range of filmmakers, will return for a second season. 

The first installment of the series premiered in 2009 with King’s Ransom, a documentary on the arrival of Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, directed by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights). Other filmmakers involved included Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters), Ice Cube, John Singleton (Boyz-N-The-Hood) and Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens). Ron Shelton, who helmed iconic sports films like Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump and, erm, Tin Cup, gave viewers Jordan Rides The Bus, a look at Michael Jordan’s minor league baseball career, certainly the most hard-hitting film to touch on it since Space Jam

One notable entry from Season Two, which will begin this fall, is 2012 Tribeca Film Festival selection Benji, in which music video directors Coodle and Chike tell the story of Ben Wilson, about a wildly talented high school basketball player from Chicago who was murdered in his final year of high school. Another entry, Broke, had its work-in-progress premiere at Tribeca, shares the experiences of professional athletes who go broke in retirement. Other selections include 

Watch the Season 2 trailer:

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In addition to the full-length films, the team behind 30 For 30 will be posting  beginning with "Here Now," their first documentary short for season 2, today over at Grantland. In it, baseball icon Pete Rose takes us into his new life in Las Vegas, where he signs memorabilia and chats up fans at Caesar’s Palace. The short was directed by Eric Drath, best known for his 2011 documentary Renée, about transgender tennis icon Dr. Renée Richards. 

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