November 12, 2008

Bonnie Hunt To Host The Paley Center for Media’s Annual Los Angeles Gala

This Year’s Event To Honor Showtime Networks Inc. and Carl Reiner

Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) is pleased to announce that critically acclaimed actress/writer/director Bonnie Hunt of The Bonnie Hunt Show will host this year’s annual gala, which will be held on December 11, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California. The Paley Center’s gala will honor Showtime Networks Inc. and twelve-time Emmy® winner Carl Reiner.

The Paley Center celebrates the success of Showtime under the leadership of Chairman and CEO, Matthew C. Blank, and President of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt. The critical acclaim and popularity of Showtime’s original series which include, Dexter, Weeds, Brotherhood, The Tudors, Californication, The L Word, This American Life, and Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union have made Showtime one of the most talked about and celebrated networks in television today. Also this evening, the Paley Center recognizes Reiner for his prolific achievements in television and entertainment programming as a writer, director, actor, and producer. Special guests for the evening will include Evan Handler; Rob Reiner; Jimmy Smits; Tracey Ullman; Dick Van Dyke; and others. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paley Center’s ongoing efforts to increase the public’s understanding of the media and its growing significance in today’s society through various public and industry programs.

Past gala honorees include Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Steven Bochco, Kevin S. Bright, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Burnett, James Burrows, Sid Caesar, Marcy Carsey, Peter Chernin, David Crane, Ted Danson, Dick Ebersol, the cast and writers of Everybody Loves Raymond, Kelsey Grammer, Merv Griffin, Marta Kauffman, David E. Kelley, Leslie Moonves, Mary Tyler Moore, Jack Paar, Dan Rather, Sumner Redstone, the cast and writers of Saturday Night Live, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Martin Sheen, Sony Corporation, Sir Howard Stringer, Barbara Walters, John Wells, Dick Wolf, Bob Wright, and Jeff Zucker.


The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1976 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit


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Terry Lynn Ebright in Los Angeles