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The Paley Center for Media Honors Discovery's John S. Hendricks at its Annual NY Gala on April 6, 2010

Monday, April 5, 2010


New York, NY-The Paley Center for Media will honor John S. Hendricks, Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications, at its annual Gala Evening in New York, which will take place on Tuesday, April 6 at Cipriani 42nd in Manhattan. Proceeds from the Gala Evening 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 public and industry programs.

"John S. Hendricks is a visionary who believed that there was a need and an appetite for high-quality nonfiction programming, and he pursued this vision with passion and determination. Twenty-five years later, the result is one of the most successful media companies in the world," said Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. "John is one of our industry's most admired leaders because he achieved this success with an admirable mission to satisfy curiosity and make a difference that still guides the company today."

Hendricks has been the driving force behind Discovery Communications' dramatic expansion, growing its stable of networks to encompass more than 100 networks of distinctive programming representing  27 entertainment brands, including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and Investigation Discovery.  Discovery's other properties include Discovery Education, How Stuff Works and forthcoming joint ventures OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Nework, children's network The Hub and the nation's first 24/7 3D network.

Past Paley Center 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, Dick Ebersol, 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, Sumner Redstone, Carl Reiner, the cast and writers of Saturday Night Live, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Martin Sheen, Showtime Networks Inc., Sony Corporation, Sir Howard Stringer, Barbara Walters, John Wells, Dick Wolf, Bob Wright, Jeff Zucker, and The Simpsons.


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 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.  For more information, please visit /.