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Comedian Jay Leno and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos are among the six honorees who will receive Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards during NATPE/Content First on Jan. 21, 2015, in Miami Beach.
They will be joined by Linda Bell Blue, Gustavo Cisneros, Adriana Cisneros and Jonathan Murray at the 12th annual awards ceremony, which will be hosted by Craig Ferguson.
The award, named for the late Brandon Tartikoff, who headed NBC in the “Must See TV” glory years, recognizes TV industry professionals, according to the announcement, “who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.”
“It is a true testament to the spirit of this award,” said NATPE president/CEO Rod Perth in a statement, “that Brandon’s legacy is celebrated today in such a diversified and distinguished group.”
Jay Leno was host of the Tonight Show for two decades, winning the late-night period in ratings during much of his tenure.
Ted Sarandos has been head of content acquisition for Netflix since 2000. He has helped grow the company from a U.S. DVD rental company into a leading streaming network with over 50 million members in nearly 50 countries.
Linda Bell Blue was executive producer of Entertainment Tonight for 19 years, a period during which the show was consistently the highest-rated entertainment news magazine on television.
Gustavo Cisneros has been chairman/CEO of Cisneros since 1968, building his company into a Latin American powerhouse.
His daughter Adriana Cisneros is now CEO and vice chair of Cisneros, and is credited with developing the company’s digital presence and establishing global strategic alliances.
Jonathan Murray is chair of Bunim/Murray, which is credited with helping invent reality TV beginning with the launch of The Real World in 1992. Their shows have include Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Project Runway and Bad Girls Club.
Scottish comedian Craig Ferguson was, until recently, the host of The Late Late Show on CBS. He is now host of the game show Celebrity Name Game, which launched into national syndication in September.
NATPE/Content First attracts more than 5,000 television professionals to the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach each year for conferences, networking, information about the newest shows and to visit exhibitors. The 2015 edition takes place a week earlier than usual, from Jan. 20 to 22.
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