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The Paley Center for Media Announces the Twenty-Sixth Annual William S. Paley Television Festival

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Los Angeles, CA-The Paley Center for Media (formerly The Museum of Television & Radio) will present the twenty-sixth annual William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest09) from April 10 to 23, 2009, returning to the historic Cinerama Dome at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. PaleyFest09, 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. 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. Two of the new season's hits, Fringe and True Blood, are the first honorees to be announced for this year's event. Additional details and the complete schedule for PaleyFest09 will be announced on Wednesday, February 18, 2009. 

For the first time, the popular annual festival will offer an all-inclusive Festival pass that will include one guaranteed ticket for premium seating each night, access to Festival events, free parking, concession stand vouchers, one Paley Center general Membership for one year, and other benefits. The PaleyFest09 Premium Festival Pass is available now at Starting February 18, 2009, several PaleyFest09 Ticket Packages will be announced and available, also at Individual tickets will go on sale to Paley Center Members on Thursday, February 26, 2009, and to the general public beginning the following Sunday, March 1, 2009.

Since the first Festival in 1984, the Paley Center has honored more than three hundred programs, including 24, Alias, American Idol, Battlestar Galactica, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Damages, Desperate Housewives, Entourage, Family Guy, Friends, Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, The Golden Girls, Gunsmoke, House, The Honeymooners, Laugh-In, Lost, Mad Men, 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 Judd Apatow, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, John Frankenheimer, Jim Henson, Bob Hope, Angela Lansbury, Jack Lemmon, George Lucas, Mary Martin, Carl Reiner, 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. 

PaleyFest09 is made possible in part by a grant from the William S. Paley Foundation. PaleyFest09 is sponsored in part by Netflix, Inc. and Zune.  The Los Angeles Times is the Festival's Platinum Media Partner and LA Weekly is a Media Partner.


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 /