Playboy Magazine Wins Four National Entertainment Journalism Awards


LA Press Club: Playboy

LOS ANGELES, November 25, 2013 – Playboy magazine won four awards and one third-place nod during the L.A. Press Club’s 2013 National Entertainment Journalism Awards, presented on November 24 at the Millennium Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  The NEJ Awards, now in their sixth year, recognize the finest work from US-based entertainment reporters and editors, and theater, film, and television critics in all media–print, radio, TV, and online.

Following is a list of the magazine’s articles which were recognized during the ceremony:

Winner, Career Best Work, Celebrity Interview: David Sheff for “Playboy Interview: John Lennon and Yoko Ono” (January 1981)

About: This Playboy Interview became one of the magazine’s most famous, not just because of the unhappy coincidence of Lennon’s assignation at the time it was on newsstands, but because it was the most probing and detailed interview the pair had ever participated in.

Judge’s commentsGreat interviews were so much easier to get when gods walked the earth and were willing to sit for them. Lennon and Ono were emerging from five years of press-free seclusion when David Sheff got to them for a marathon encounter in which virtually no subject was off-limits.  You don’t hear about such total celebrity access being granted anymore. Because it isn’t.”

Winner, Career Best Work, Entertainment Feature: Steve Pond for “Aaron Neville’s Amazing Grace” (July 1990)

AboutAaron Neville was the lost soul of music—an angry, drugged-out thug with a beautiful voice.  This profile piece follows the great singer and lets readers in on why (at the time) he finally had reason to sing.

Judge’s commentsThe carefulness choosing every work makes this piece an example of great journalism storytelling that is almost extinct, sadly.” 

Winner, Print—Newspapers or Magazines, Best Personality Profile:  Alex Pappademas for “Ghost in the Machine” (April 2013)

About: Twenty-five years after the release of his hugely successful debut album No One Can Do It Better and the subsequent car crash that tragically took his voice, rap legend The D.O.C. announced his plans to reinvent himself in this exclusive interview and profile piece.

Judge’s comments“Not only was the subject interesting and the great writing well-sourced, we learn how a tragic accident derails a promising career and transforms D-O-C into Rap’s most influential Ghostwriter.”

Winner, Print—Newspapers or Magazines, Best Feature/Series, Over 1,000 Words: Stephen Rebello for “The Birth of Redneck Cinema” (March 2013)

About: This behind-the-scenes story of Smokey and the Bandit chronicles how a beat-up ex-stuntman and a Pontiac Trans Am made cinematic history.

Judge’s commentsA hilarious and delightful exploration of a uniquely madcap moment in Hollywood history.” 

Third Place, Any Media Platform, Best Investigative:  Neal Gabler for “Death of a Salesman” (September 2012)

About: Don Lapre was television’s infomercial king, a self-made millionaire living and selling the American dream.  His best qualities, however, would end of killing him.  Neal Gabler chronicles Lapre’s meteoric rise and tragic fall.

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