People in Brief


NEW YORK — The “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel will be a family affair.

A spokeswoman for Universal Pictures confirmed Thursday that the husband of E L James, Niall Leonard, will write the script for the follow-up to the global hit. Leonard is also a published author.

Kelly Marcel penned the original adaptation but isn’t returning. Also not returning is director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose disputes with James were well-known.

NEW YORK — HBO has won two Peabody Awards, including one for a documentary on James Brown, while PBS’ “Frontline,” “American Experience” and “POV” series as well as Netflix and Cartoon Network were also among the documentary, education and public service winners of the 74th annual Peabody Awards for electronic media announced Thursday by the Peabody program at the University of Georgia.

HBO’s “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” was joined by another HBO documentary “The Newburgh Sting,” about four New Jersey men enticed into a terrorist plot by an FBI informant.

Another winner, “COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey,” was aired by the National Geographic Channel and Fox, while an “Independent Lens” entry, “Brakeless,” explored a train crash and the public’s obsession with ever-faster travel. Netflix’s “Virgunga” investigated Congolese gamekeepers’ efforts to save gorillas.

Public service honorees included the BBC World Service’s multiplatform conveyance of news and information about the Ebola outbreak and “Entre el Abandono y el Rechazo (Between Abandonment and Rejection),” Univision’s reporting about the thousands of unaccompanied Latin American children seeking asylum in the United States.

NEW YORK For Josh Groban, the second time will be the charm at the Kentucky Derby. The multiplatinum-selling Groban has been selected to sing the national anthem at the annual thoroughbred race, to be held May 2 at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Ky.

Associated Press