NATPE 2010: Brandon Tartikoff Legacy AwardsNATPE honors four innovators who are transforming the business 1/25/2010 12:48:00 AM Eastern
To consider all that Brandon Tartikoff accomplished as
president of NBC Entertainment, it's important to realize how bad NBC was in
1981, when, at 31, Tartikoff took over. But in a few short years, after hits
like Cheers, Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Golden Girls and
St. Elsewhere, NBC was not only on top of the ratings but did so with
the creation of programs that were to this day among the best in TV history.
Tartikoff passed away in 1997, at the age of 48, from
Hodgkin's disease, which he had fought-unknown to all but a few close
friends-since he was just out of college. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards
began in 2004, and have become an honor that program executives and creators
Those who knew Tartikoff appreciated his sense of humor and
his respect for the creative process. He made the television industry better,
as this year's four winners have. Jeff Gaspin, Irwin Gotlieb, David E. Kelley
and Judge Judy Sheindlin will be feted at NATPE on Jan. 25.