Producer James L. Brooks, Jon Feltheimer Among 2014 Tartikoff Legacy Award Honorees

James L. Brooks, left, and Jon Feltheimer
James L. Brooks, left, and Jon Feltheimer
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The prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards will be presented to Emilio Azcárraga Jean, James L. Brooks, Jon Feltheimer and Lauren Zalaznick during the NATPE/Content First market and conference in Miami Beach on Jan. 28.  Rod Perth, NATPE’s president and CEO, announced the awards Monday.

The Tartikoff Awards recognize TV professionals who, according to NATPE, "exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming."

"We've chosen each of them because they've raised the bar of achievement, and are some of the absolute best in their fields of our business," said Perth.

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“Their accomplishments are incredible,” added Perth. “From Emilio's formidable expansion of Televisa's business and Jim's unique ability to touch and entertain us with remarkable stories and characters to Jon's shrewd growth strategy and vision for screens both large and small and Lauren's record of building hugely successful cable brands in the times of this dynamic digital media landscape."

"It would have meant so much to Brandon that NATPE continued to keep alive his love for TV with this award,” said Lilly Tartikoff. “Emilio, Jim, Jon and Lauren embody the creative brilliance and passion for the business that were his trademark.”

Azcárraga Jean, president, CEO and chairman of Grupo Televisa S.A.B., is considered the leader in Spanish-language content worldwide. The company produces more than 90,000 hours of original programming each year, and it is exported to more than 130 countries. Over the years, the company also has expanded into cable TV, satellite TV, mobile and more.

Brooks is a successful director and producer in movies and television. He was one of the creators of The Simpsons and has produced the TV series through his company for the last quarter century.  He has been involved in creating and producing for TV shows such as Room 222 (one of the first shows to feature an African-American lead character), The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Taxi and Lou Grant.

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Feltheimer is CEO of Lionsgate. Under his watch, its market cap has grown from $80 million in 2000 to almost $5 billion today. Lionsgate movies include the Hunger Game franchise, Crash and Precious, while its TV shows include Mad Men, Nurse Jackie and the recent Netflix hit, Orange Is The New Black.

Zalaznick oversees NBCUniversal’s portfolio of media properties including its cable networks and the expanding digital properties, which have grown significantly on her watch. She also is credited with the Symphony initiative, which creates promotional efforts across all of the NBCUniversal and Comcast properties. She chairs the advisory board of industry luminaries at Women at NBCU and oversees the NBCU Digital Council.

NATPE/Content First will be held for the third year at the Fontainebleau Resort from Jan. 27-29.

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