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  • Peabody has appointed Joshua Brand and Mike Monello to its board of jurors, which each year evaluates entries and bestows the Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media. The program is housed in the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. 'It's always exciting to bring fresh voices and insight to the judging process,' said Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards. '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.' Joshua Brand is a writer, director and producer who has worked on five Peabody Award-winning programs, including 'St. Elsewhere,' 'I'll Fly Away,' 'Northern Exposure' and 'The Americans.' Earlier in his career, he was a story editor on 'The White Shadow' and later shared credit for developing the first season of 'Amazing Stories' with Steven Spielberg. Brand also co-created 'A Year in the Life' and 'Going to Extremes.' In addition to Peabody Awards, he is the recipient of multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, a Producer's Guild Award and a Humanitas Prize. As a director, he was nominated for an Emmy and a Director's Guild of America Award for the two-hour pilot of 'I'll Fly Away.' In 2013, he received the Paddy Chayefsky Lifetime Achievement Award from the Writer's Guild of America. In 2015, an episode of 'The Americans' he wrote, titled 'Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?' was nominated for an Emmy. A graduate of The City College in New York, Brand also earned a master's degree in English literature from Columbia University. Mike Monello is a true pioneer when it comes to immersive storytelling and innovative marketing. In the late 1990s, Monello and his partners at Haxan Films created The Blair Witch Project, a story told across the burgeoning internet, a sci-fi channel pseudo-documentary, books, comics, games and a feature film, which became a pop-culture touchstone and inspired legions of 'found-footage' movies in its wake. It forever changed how fans engage with story and how marketers approach the internet. Inspired by the possibilities for engaging connected fan cultures and communities online, Monello co-founded Campfire in 2006. There, he leads an agency that has developed and created groundbreaking participatory stories and experiences for HBO, Amazon, Netflix, Cinemax, Discovery, National Geographic, Harley-Davidson, Infiniti and more. Campfire won Small Agency Campaign of the Year via AdAge in 2013 and Small Agency of the Year via the Online Marketing Media and Advertising Awards in 2012, and has been awarded top honors at the Cannes Lions Festival, Clios, One Show, MIXX and the Emmys. Monello regularly speaks at high-profile events such as Advertising Week, SXSW, Digital Hollywood and more. The Peabody Board of Jurors is made up of media industry professionals, media scholars, critics and journalists who are appointed by the program's executive director to a renewable three-year term of service. The single criteria for receiving a Peabody Award is excellence. Toward that end, jurors ask themselves: Does this story matter? Is this a story that needs telling? Does it inform us as citizens or help us empathize with one another? The current board of jurors includes: • Marcy Carsey, TV producer, co-founder, Carsey-Werner Company• Eric Deggans, TV critic, NPR; guest host, CNN's Reliable Sources• Eddie Garrett (chair), executive vice president, Global Digital Strategies, Porter Novelli• Herman Gray, professor of sociology, University of California-Santa Cruz• Jonathan Gray, professor of media and cultural studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison• John Huey, former editor-in-chief, TIME Inc.• Kathy Im, director of journalism and media, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation• Henry Jenkins, professor of communication, journalism, cinematic arts and education, University of Southern California• Simon Kilmurry, executive director, International Documentary Association• Kim Masters, editor-at-large, The Hollywood Reporter; host, KCRW's The Business• Mark McKinnon, TV producer and political analyst• Martha Nelson, global editor-in-chief, Yahoo Media• Monica Pearson, retired news anchor, WSB-TV Atlanta• Naibe Reynoso, co-host, 'HOLA! LA' on KCAL/KCBS; host and producer, Ora TV• John Seigenthaler, senior counsel, Finn Partners; former anchor, NBC News Submissions are now being accepted for the 77th Annual Peabody Awards at www.peabodyawards.com. Judging will begin in early 2018, and the awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
  • Clarke County Sheriff Ira Edwards’ annual charity motorcycle ride is set for Saturday. Riders assemble 11:30 tomorrow morning at Cycle World on Atlanta Highway. They’ll be raising money for the DARE drug education program. From the Athens-Clarke County Government website… The ride will take place on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. The ride will commence at 1:00 p.m. at Cycle World of Athens, (4225 Atlanta Hwy, Bogart, Ga.). We will ride to historic Madison, Georgia and back to the Classic City where we will relax and enjoy some of the best food and a chance to win some door prizes. The cost to ride this year is $35.00 per bike. The proceeds for this ride will go towards the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Program. 
  • Drones take center stage today at the Classic Center: the University of Georgia is playing host to the Georgia Drone Summit. UGA says the Summit pulls together students and educators, operators and curators, professionals and enthusiasts to collectively explore drone technologies and applications.From the University of Georgia master calendar…   The Georgia Drone Summit will take drone knowledge to new heights, gathering students and educators, operators and curators, professionals and enthusiasts to collectively explore drone technologies and applications. Gathering a wide range of driven individuals thirsty for knowledge under one roof for two days, participants will explore the technology’s possibilities, strengthen professional networks and help uncover the advantages drones can bring to your industry. In addition to plenty of networking time, this two-day program will feature a festival-style showcase of innovative drone projects along with keynote presentations and panel discussions covering technology, business practices, legal issues and ethics.
  • The first week of early voting comes to a close today: voters in Athens and Oconee counties have been casting ballots in two special legislative elections, filling vacancies in House Districts 117 and 119. There’s a transportation sales tax referendum in Athens and municipal elections around the region. The early voting continues for another two weeks, with election day itself on Tuesday November 7. 
  • Today is a dedication day in Athens: the ceremony to mark completion of the Athens-Clarke County portion of the Firefly Trail is set for 3:30 this afternoon at the trailhead on East Broad Street, near Pottery Street. The Firefly Trail is a planned 39-mile rail-trail from Athens to Union Point, connecting Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene Counties.  From the Athens-Clarke County Government website... The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host a dedication ceremony and open the newly completed Athens-Clarke County portion of the Firefly Trail on Friday, October 20 at 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to walk or ride the trail. All non-motorized users are welcome! Attendees will assemble at the Firefly Trailhead on East Broad Street, near Pottery Street. Parking is available in designated Greenway parking spaces at Cook and Brother Plaza (limited) and the Classic Center Parking Deck.The Firefly Trail is a planned 39-mile rail-trail from Athens to Union Point in Northeast Georgia, connecting Athens-Clarke, Oglethorpe, and Greene Counties. The historic rail line, known as the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad, branched off the still-active Augusta-to-Atlanta line in Union Point and passed through the towns of Woodville, Maxeys, Stephens, Crawford, Arnoldsville and Winterville on its way to Athens.This project includes the establishment of an improved surface trail for non-motorized vehicles along the historic Georgia Railroad corridor between East Broad Street and the intersection of Old Winterville Road and Little Oak Street. The trail will allow for pedestrians and bicyclists alike to safely participate in activities within Athens-Clarke County without being within close motor vehicle proximity. The project includes three bridges along the trail corridor with educational and informational signage.For more information on the opening of the Firefly Trail, please visit www.athensclarkecounty.com/parkplanning or call 706-613-3801.

Bulldog News

  • And now…#3. The Georgia Bulldogs move up one spot in the latest AP poll just released on Sunday. It comes after the Dawgs’ 53-28 win over Missouri this weekend. The Bulldogs were poised for a step-up, given a chaotic weekend of college football results, with four of the top 10 teams going down to defeat.  This now marks the first time Georgia has reached third in the nation, since just before the 2012 SEC Championship game.  The new AP rankings still have Alabama in the top spot, followed by Penn State now into the #2 position.  The Bulldogs are off this coming weekend, followed by their annual battle with Florida on October 28th. 
  • ATHENS ---- Former Georgia All-America defensive back/wide receiver/kick returner Roland ‘’Champ’’ Bailey was among those selected for the 2017 Southeastern Conference Football Legends class, announced Tuesday by the SEC office. The class will be honored at the 2017 SEC Football “Weekend of Champions” Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta, Ga. The annual SEC Legends Dinner presented by AT&T will be held Friday, Dec. 1 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta and the group will also be recognized prior to the SEC Football Championship Game, which will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 2. Considered the most versatile player at Georgia since the inception of two-platoon football, Bailey was an All-American performer on offense, defense and special teams for the Bulldogs. He played more than 1,000 plays during his junior season in 1998, including more than 100 plays in seven different games. The All-Southeastern Conference selection was named winner of the 1998 Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player and was a consensus All-American selection that year. In the ’98 season Bailey caught 47 passes for 744 yards and five TDs on offense, and on defense he totaled 52 tackles with three interceptions. Bailey was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft and was a 12-time Pro Bowl (3-time 1st-team All-Pro) selection from 2000-2013 as a member of the Redskins and the Denver Broncos. He was named a member of the Football Writers Association of America 75th Anniversary All-America first team in 2015. He finished his pro career with 52 interceptions, four of which he returned for touchdowns. Other members of the 2017 class include Gene Stallings (Alabama), Dan Hampton (Arkansas), Carlos Rogers (Auburn), Danny Wuerffel (Florida), Nate Worthington (Kentucky), Glenn Dorsey (LSU), Terrence Metcalf (Ole Miss), Floyd Womack (Mississippi State), Brad Smith (Missouri), John Abraham (South Carolina), Chad Clifton (Tennessee), Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M) and Don Orr (Vanderbilt). The SEC Legends program was started in the 1994 season and the following former Bulldogs have been chosen to participate: Charley Tripp (1994), Fran Tarkenton (1995), Bill Stanfill (1996), Terry Hoage (1997), John Rauch (1998), Herschel Walker (1999), Kevin Butler (2000), Tommy Lyons (2001), George Patton (2002), Scott Woerner (2003), Mike Wilson (2004), Zeke Bratkowski (2005), Garrison Hearst (2006), Rex Robinson (2007), Eric Zeier (2008), Matt Stinchcomb (2009), Ben Zambiasi (2010), Boss Bailey (2011), David Greene (2012), Tim Worley (2013), John Little (2014), Richard Seymour (2015) and Jon Stinchcomb (2016).
  • Georgia Bulldog senior left tackle Isaiah Wynn has been named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week following his performance in the victory at Vanderbilt, according to a league announcement.    This is the Bulldogs’ fourth SEC weekly honor of the season and first Offensive Lineman of the Week honor in 2017. Senior outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter was named the Defensive Player of the Week after the win at #24 Notre Dame and freshman quarterback Jake Fromm garnered Freshman of the Week honors in the victory over #17 Mississippi State. Last week, senior tailback Nick Chubb was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.   The last time Georgia had an Offensive Lineman of the Week award was when Chris Burnette garnered the honor following the win at Tennessee in 2013.   Wynn, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., graded out at 92 percent and allowed no quarterback hurries, hits or sacks during the 45-14 rout of the Commodores. Wynn posted eight “knockdown” blocks while the Bulldogs rolled up 423 yards rushing, which is the sixth most in school history and the most since 1987 when Georgia had 454 yards versus Vanderbilt.   The #4 Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0 SEC) return home to face Missouri (1-4, 0-3 SEC) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The SEC Network will televise the matchup at Sanford Stadium.
  • Today begins Homecoming Week at the University of Georgia. Activities that begin with this morning’s Bulldog Bash at the Tate Student Center will culminate with Saturday night’s Homecoming football game against Missouri. The game kicks off at 7:30 in Sanford Stadium.    The Georgia Bulldogs climb from 5th to 4th in the latest Associated Press college football rankings: this, after this weekend’s win at Vanderbilt. Up next: this Saturday night’s Homecoming game against the Missouri Tigers.