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The Paley Center for Media Plans First Televised Awards Show for May 2012 in New York

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New York/Los Angeles, Sept. 8, 2010 -- The Paley Center for Media, which formed a television awards planning committee in March of this year, has scheduled its first awards program for May 2012 in New York City, it was announced today by Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of the organization. 

The committee, comprised of leading executives from the worlds of television, advertising, and new media, was assembled to explore the creation of a new awards show that would take a fresh and distinctive approach.  Headed by 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, the committee's charge was to create an award concept and show that would be consistent with the Paley Center's commitment to excellence, engage the public in the selection process, celebrate video programming across platforms, and attract a broad and diverse viewing audience to a televised event.  The committee recently shared its recommendations and ideas with the Paley Center's leadership.

"We believe the awards committee has made significant progress in identifying the ways to achieve our objectives, and we will continue to carefully refine our plans to leverage those assets as we further define the nominations process, voting, judging and award categories in the months ahead," Ms. Mitchell stated.

Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of the Paley Center, remarked further, "The Paley Center has considerable curatorial expertise and occupies a unique position at the intersection between the industry and the viewing public.  Our goal is to put our own distinctive stamp on honoring the great work being done by so many in the media community."

Mr. Mosko also noted: "We have already received considerable interest from television networks and advertisers, and now that we have announced the time and location of our first show we will begin right away to translate this interest into substantive discussions."

The May date in New York was selected to coincide with the upfront presentations.  "The networks, advertisers and much of the top talent will already be in New York at that time and this venue should make it easier for top talent and industry leaders to participate in the show," Mr. Vinciquerra added.

The Paley Center for Media also intends to merge its annual New York gala fundraising event with the 2012 awards show to create a single televised celebration.  The Paley Center may also introduce one or more of its new awards at its 2011 gala fundraiser.

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 /.


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