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The Paley Center for Media Announces the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the William S. Paley Television Festival

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Los Angeles, CA—The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) will present the twenty-fifth annual William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest08) from March 14 to 27, 2008 at its new location at the historic Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. PaleyFest08, named for William S. Paley, founder of both the Paley Center and CBS, celebrates television's rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium for the last twenty-five years. During each evening, the audience views episodes or highlights of the featured work and has the opportunity to ask questions of the cast and creative team or the individual involved in its production. Acclaimed producer/writer Judd Apatow along with two of the new season hits, Gossip Girl and Pushing Daisies, are among the honorees at the upcoming PaleyFest08. Additional details and the complete schedule for PaleyFest08 will be announced on Monday, February 4, 2008. Tickets will go on sale to Paley Center Members on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning the following Sunday, February 10, 2008.

"From its beginning, PaleyFest has celebrated the collaborative creativity behind making great entertainment content—from the genesis of an idea to that vital connection with viewers through television, the internet, iPods, and even cell phones today," said Pat Mitchell, the president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. "This annual festival has become an extraordinary interactive pop culture event, connecting fans with the casts and creators of their favorite series as well as the icons who have changed or are changing the face of media."

Since the first Festival in 1984, the Paley Center has honored nearly three hundred programs, including 24, Alias, American Idol, Battlestar Galactica, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Family Guy, Friends, Grey's Anatomy, The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, House, The Honeymooners, Laugh-In, Lost, M*A*S*H, My Name Is Earl, The O.C., The Office, Roots, Route 66, Sábado Gigante, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Six Feet Under, South Park, thirtysomething, Ugly Betty, The Untouchables, The West Wing, and The X-Files, along with such personalities as Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, John Frankenheimer, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, Mary Martin, Carl Reiner, Gene Roddenberry, Garry Shandling, Flip Wilson, Jonathan Winters, and many others. PaleyFest panels are recorded and are available for viewing at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles.

Bank of America is a Signature Sponsor of the twenty-fifth annual William S. Paley Television Festival.

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