Paley Center forms awards committee

12:36 PM PST 03/03/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Aim is to create a TV awards program or franchise

The Paley Center for Media took another step closer to having its own awards show Wednesday, announcing a Media Television Awards Planning Committee.

"The formation of this planning committee is to explore the opportunities that we believe exist to create an awards program or franchise of programs," said Pat Mitchell, Paley Center president and CEO. "We are in an excellent position to create a new and exciting awards program."

Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of the Fox Networks Group and Dick Lippin, chairman and chief executive of the Lippin Group have been appointed co-chairs of the newly formed group. All three also hold other positions within the Paley organization.

"The economics of television and our industry have changed radically in the last few years," said Mr. Vinciquerra. "So too have the tastes of the television-viewing audience. Our goal will be to marry the benefits that can accrue to our business by showcasing its content in the best ways possible while making our awards programming highly entertaining and appealing television."
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