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The Paley Center for Media to Honor Sumner Redstone

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New York, NY- The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) will honor Sumner Redstone, Executive Chairman, Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, at its annual gala in New York. Redstone is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the media industry. 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. Hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, the gala will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. 

"Sumner Redstone's success speaks to his innovative thinking and tremendous business acumen, which have been the guiding principles of an extraordinary career," said Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media. "Sumner joined our board of trustees in 1997, and we as an institution are enormously grateful for his commitment to advancing the mission of the Paley Center."

Previous 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, 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, the cast and writers of Saturday Night Live, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Martin Sheen, Sir Howard Stringer, Barbara Walters, John Wells, Dick Wolf, and Bob Wright.

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