Lost, Airbender win Peabody Awards

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

ABC's Lost and Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender were among the winners of the eighth annual Peabody Awards, which honor distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by media organizations and individuals, according to the Los Angeles Times. The awards were announced on Wednesday. "The works ... not only reflect great diversity of content and genre, but also true technical innovation and the varied roles of new distribution systems," said Peabody director Horace Newcomb in a statement. Lost was a first-time Peabody winner that judges declared has "rewritten the rules of television fiction." The drama's executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, who were editing the season finale Wednesday, were thrilled with the honor. Cuse said he initially thought it was an April Fool's joke after a phone call from ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson. For the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Peabody Awards said that "unusually complex characters and healthy respect for the consequences of warfare enhanced this American-made, anime-influenced martial-arts adventure."