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The Paley Center for Media Announces Twenty-Seventh Annual PaleyFest: William S. Paley Television Festival

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Los Angeles, CA-The Paley Center for Media will present the twenty-seventh annual PaleyFest: William S. Paley Television Festival (PaleyFest2010) from February 26 to March 14, 2010, at its new location, the historic Saban Theatre (formerly the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills) in Beverly Hills, California. PaleyFest2010, 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 breakout hits, Glee and Vampire Diaries, are among the honorees at the upcoming PaleyFest2010.  The Festival will mark the first public appearance by the cast of Glee to kick-off the series' spring launch.

Additional details and the complete schedule for PaleyFest2010 will be announced on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 on  Starting today, the all-inclusive Festival Pass is available for purchase at in time to give the perfect holiday gift to the ultimate TV fan. The Festival Pass includes one guaranteed ticket for premium seating each night, access to Festival events, free parking, concession stand vouchers, a one-year Paley Center general Membership, and other benefits. Starting January 20, several PaleyFest2010 Ticket Packages will be announced and available, also at Individual tickets will go on sale to Paley Center Members on Friday, January 22, and to the general public beginning the following Sunday, January 24, 2010.

Since the first Festival in 1984, the Paley Center has honored more than three hundred programs, including 24, Alias, American Idol, Battlestar Galactica, The Big Bang Theory, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cheers, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Damages, Desperate Housewives, Dexter, 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, True Blood, 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. 

PaleyFest2010 is made possible in part by a grant from the William S. Paley Foundation, 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 /