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The Museum of Television & Radio Selects Veteran Producer/Director Spike Jones Jr. To Produce Its Annual Los Angeles Gala on November 15, 2004

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Los AngelesCA—The Museum of Television & Radio announced today that Spike Jones Jr. will produce its upcoming annual gala in Los Angeles on Monday, November 15, 2004, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills. As announced last month, the Museum's gala will honor ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters, for her distinguished and substantial contributions to news reporting on television, and show creator/executive producer Phil Rosenthal, Ray Romano, and the rest of the cast and writers of the award-winning family sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, as the show begins its final season on CBS. The Museum's annual galas in New York and Los Angeles are important fund-raising initiatives that benefit the Museum's ongoing efforts to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and make them available to the public. 

"We are delighted to have Spike on board for the Museum's gala," commented Barbara Dixon, vice president and director of The Museum of Television & Radio in Los Angeles. "Given his experience producing high-profile events, we are looking forward to a very entertaining and memorable evening." 

Spike Jones Jr., president of SJ2 Productions, is a leading producer/director of award shows and live television variety shows. His most recent credits include producing the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, as he has done for the past ten years, and the 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards this year.  He is also responsible for producing many of the industry's most prestigious live broadcasts, including preshow arrivals for the first annual TV Land Awards, ABC network's 2002 Fourth of July and 2001 New Year's specials, and worldwide millennium New Year's special. In addition, Jones has worked with a number of other television outlets, including HBO, Showtime, A&E Networks, MTV, VH1, Spike TV, The History Channel, Nickelodeon, and Nick at Nite. SJ2 Entertainment projects have also included Premiere Magazine Salutes Women in Film, the 52ndPresidential Inaugural Concert Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, NARAS' Musicares, the American Cinematheque Awards, and the Inaugural Gala of the 37th Governor of California.  

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, was founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its preeminent collection of over 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum's collection are selected for their artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, located at 25 West 52 Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum of Television & Radio in California, located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Both Museums are closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles. The public areas in both Museums are accessible to wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change. You may call the Museum in New York at (212) 621-6800 or in Los Angeles at (310) 786-1000. Visit the Museum's website at