TV Land will host AFI award gala


After seven years on USA Network, the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award is moving to TV Land.

TV Land has inked a four-year agreement with the AFI to carry the ceremony beginning with the 37th AFI Life Achievement Award, which will be presented to Michael Douglas on June 11 in Los Angeles.

The tribute will air July 19 on TV Land's primetime programming block TV Land PRIME.

The AFI honor was established in 1973. It aired on CBS for 13 years, then alternated among the Big Three broadcast networks until 2000. It aired on Fox in 2001 before moving to USA the next year.

"With this agreement, the proud tradition of the AFI Life Achievement Award will carry into its 40th year on television, and we look forward to partnering with TV Land PRIME, which shares our mission to honor the art form with the nation and the world," AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said. (partialdiff)