The Eighth Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards
Honorees to be feted at NATPE 2011 Market & Conference Jan. 25 in Miami
-- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/24/2011 12:04:00 AM
In honor of the late programming executive Brandon Tartikoff, NATPE recognizes four figures in television each year with the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. Tartikoff, who passed away in 1997 at age 48, was known not only as a professional whiz, but also as someone who brought a sense of humor and respect for the creative process to all that he did. At 31, he took over a then-struggling NBC Entertainment and in a few short years turned NBC into a ratings winner. He introduced such enduring hits as Cheers, Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Golden Girls and St. Elsewhere.
The Legacy Award recognition is presented to individuals who exhibit the sort of extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in creating TV programming that Tartikoff embodied. Profiles of the 2011 Legacy Award recipients appear in the pages that follow. The honorees are:
Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Univeral Sports & Olympics, has won innumerable awards during a 44-year career in which he helped bring the Olympics to new heights, created a dominant primetime franchise in Sunday Night Football and launched Saturday Night Live. More.
As she wraps up nearly 30 years as host of the iconic entertainment news program Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart continues to make news herself as she accepts a most deserving Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at this year's annual NATPE convention. More.
Regis Philbin never had the pleasure of
knowing the late Brandon Tartikoff
personally, but like so many in the
television business, marvels at his
reputation. "He was one of our guys
who was a legend while he was still
alive," Philbin says.
The same could be said of Philbin, who has hosted
his nationally syndicated daytime talk show Live!
With Regis and Kelly in some form since 1983, and
last week gave his surprising announcement that this
season will be his final one on the show. More.
Ask longtime friends and associates about RTL Group CEO Gerhard Zeiler and they invariably mention his success running Europe's largest broadcaster, a massive regional operation that includes 40 TV channels and 32 radio stations in 10 countries. More.
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