Peabody Adds Pair to Board of Jurors

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Mike Monello (left), Joshua Brand

'The Americans' producer Joshua Brand and 'Blair Witch Project' co-creator Mike Monello have joined the board.

Peabody has added two new members to its board of jurors.

Writer-producer-director Joshua Brand (The Americans, Northern Exposure) and The Blair Witch Project co-creator Mike Monello have joined the board, which each year decides the Peabody Award winners for excellence in electronic media. 

Brand's credits include five Peabody Award winners, also including St. Elsewhere and I'll Fly Away, and he also helped Steven Spielberg develop the first season of Amazing Stories, which is now being rebooted for Apple by Bryan Fuller. Brand's accomplishments include three Emmys and PGA and WGA honors.

After co-creating Blair Witch Project, Monello went onto co-found Campfire in 2006, which has worked with HBO, Amazon and Netflix, among others, on campaigns. The organization also won Ad Age's small agency campaign of the year in 2013 and Online Marketing Media and Advertising Awards' small agency of the year in 2012.

“It’s always exciting to bring fresh voices and insight to the judging process,” said Peabody Awards executive director Jeffrey Jones. “We strive for a mix of top-level industry leaders from varied backgrounds who are well-versed in media excellence, and Joshua and Mike certainly fit the bill.”

The Peabody Board of Jurors consists of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists who are appointed to a renewable three-year term of service. Other board members include The Hollywood Reporter editor-at-large Kim Masters, longtime TV producer Marcy Carsey and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans, among others.

Judging for the 2018 awards will begin early next year, with the ceremony set for Saturday, May 19, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.