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The Paley Center for Media to Honor Mary Hart and Al Michaels at Los Angeles Annual Gala: Salute to Excellence

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Los Angeles, CA- The Paley Center for Media will honor acclaimed Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart and iconic sportscaster Al Michaels this year at its annual gala event, Salute to Excellence. Hart is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the television industry and Michaels for his prolific achievements in sports broadcasting including more than 2,200 hours (and counting) of live primetime over-the-air network broadcasts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paley Center's ongoing educational efforts to increase the public's understanding of the media and its growing significance in today's society through various public and industry programs. The gala will be held on November 30 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

"This year we honor two of the most respected broadcasters in the entertainment business. Mary's success as host for the number-one syndicated entertainment news show for thirty years speaks to her journalistic integrity and distinctive ability to gain exclusive access to many celebrities and politicians," commented Pat Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of The Paley Center for Media. "With a voice that most of America recognizes, Al has covered more major sports events than any other sportscaster. With his journalism background and his experience of being in the booth for over thirty years, he has been involved in some of the most memorable moments in sports history."

Past 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, John S. Hendricks, 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., The Simpsons, Sony Corporation, Sir Howard Stringer, Barbara Walters, John Wells, Dick Wolf, Bob Wright, and Jeff Zucker.


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 /.