Byron Allen, Betty White Among Tartikoff Honorees

Byron Allen, Mara Brock Akil, Robert Greenblatt, Rita Moreno, Betty White and Henry Winkler will be feted at an awards gala set to take place during NATPE Miami 2019 on Jan. 23.

The recipients of NATPE’s 16th Annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards are comedian and media mogul Byron Allen, producer and screenwriter Mara Brock Akil, former Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt, actress, singer and dancer Rita Moreno, award winning actress and comedian Betty White and actor Henry Winkler.

They will receive the award at a special reception on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year during the annual NATPE Miami Marketplace & Conference, which will take place Jan. 22-24, 2019, at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.

At NATPE, top creatives and executives from across production, advertising, distribution, brands, music and more gather for three full days of high-level deal-making, networking, parties and meetups. They will also experience a top-level conference programming lineup of workshops and panels with many of the industry’s most prominent and insightful executives.  As the first content-driven show of the year, and a must-attend event for content distributors and platforms, NATPE is committed to setting the tone for industry marketplaces all year by showcasing what is happening not just in the present, but also what can be anticipated for the future.

The 2019 Tartikoff Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting their extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision through their diverse work in being a part of the creation and distribution of content for the world’s traditional and digital marketplaces.

Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of the most esteemed programmers in the history of television, the Award was created to acknowledge a select group of television professionals who have demonstrated the highest degree of excellence in their field.

Byron Allen — He is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of the global media and technology company Entertainment Studios. He owns eight television networks, including The Weather Channel, which was acquired in March 2018. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Entertainment Studios provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, multimedia platforms, and the World Wide Web.  Other notable divisions of Entertainment Studios include Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, which released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller “47 Meters Down,” and TheGrio, a digital video-centric news community platform devoted to African Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets.

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Mara Brock Akil — Writer and producer of over 300 episodes of television, Mara Brock Akil has truly left her mark on Hollywood. Beginning her career as a writer on series such as South Central, Moesha, and The Jamie Foxx Show, Akil quickly rose in the ranks, proving herself to be both a pivotal voice in storytelling, as well as an incredibly talented producer. Following her work on those shows, Akil went on to create the seminal television series Girlfriends in 2000.

Robert Greenblatt  One of the most influential television executives of the decade, Robert Greenblatt was most recently the chairman of NBC Entertainment.  Since coming on board in 2011, Greenblatt returned the then-failing network to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo where it remained for five consecutive seasons. In his final season as chairman, Greenblatt led the network to a total viewer win for the first time in more than a decade. A Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning producer, Greenblatt also ran Showtime and was a top executive at Fox, shepherding ground-breaking content that has changed the television landscape.

Rita Moreno — Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys and a Grammy. She has also received the Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture and was honored as the 50th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Her countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway; London’s West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows. She currently stars in the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time on Netflix.

Betty White — Even at the age of 96, it won’t slow down comedy legend Betty White, one of the funniest and busiest actresses in Hollywood. With a career that has spanned more than 70 years, the seven-time Emmy Award winner has created unforgettable roles in television and film, authored eight books and won numerous awards, including those for her lifelong work for animal welfare. Most recently, she won a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite TV Icon,” was named America’s Most Appealing Celebrity by Reuters and has been added to the Guinness World Records under the title, “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female).”

Henry Winkler — Henry Winkler co-stars as acting teacher Gene Cousineau on the hit HBO dark comedy, Barry. This past September, he was the recipient of the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for his role on the series which stars Emmy-award winning actor, Bill Hader. Winkler has enjoyed over four decades of success in Hollywood and continues to be in demand as an actor, producer and director.


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