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The Paley Center for Media Announces Television Awards Planning Committee

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Los Angeles/New York, March 3, 2010-Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television, Tony Vinciquerra, chairman and CEO of the FOX Networks Group and Dick Lippin, chairman and chief executive of The Lippin Group have been appointed cochairs of the newly-formed The Paley Center for Media Television Awards Planning Committee, it was announced today by Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Paley Center for Media.  Mr. Vinciquerra serves as a co-chair of the Paley Center's Los Angeles Board of Governors and as a Trustee of the Paley Center in New York. Mr. Mosko and Mr. Lippin serve on The Paley Center Los Angeles Board of Governors.

"The formation of this planning committee is to explore the opportunities that we believe exist to create an awards program or franchise of programs," Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of The Paley Center for Media," stated. "We are very fortunate that a portion of William S. Paley's funding of our institution envisioned awards as a way to recognize excellence and innovation in programming and to celebrate the best in the media business. We are also fortunate to have among our Trustees and serving on the Board of Governors in Los Angeles, top executives from broadcast, cable, advertising and digital media companies, and with their enthusiastic support, we are in an excellent position to create a new and exciting awards program."  

"The committee will be comprised of a diverse group of highly experienced industry professionals that have been involved in virtually all of the areas associated with developing and producing television awards programming," Mr. Mosko stated. "We will look closely at what is in the best interests of our industry and the public and make our committee members an integral part of our discussion and planning."

Mr. Vinciquerra added, "The economics of television and our industry have changed radically in the last few years.  So too have the tastes of the television viewing audience. Our goal will be to marry the benefits that can accrue to our business by showcasing its content in the best ways possible while making our awards programming highly entertaining and appealing television."

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.

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