NATPE Honors James L. Brooks
Los Angeles, CA -- Emilio Azcárraga Jean, James L. Brooks, Jon Feltheimer and Lauren Zalaznick will receive NATPE's 11th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award during the NATPE 2014 Market & Conference in Miami on Tuesday, January 28 at a reception sponsored by Broadcasting & Cable / Multichannel News. The announcement was made by NATPE President & CEO Rod Perth.
Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of television’s greatest programmers, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award was created to recognize a select group of television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.
"We are honored to celebrate this extraordinary group of talented people who have made such remarkable contributions to the world of media," said Perth. "We've chosen each of them because they've raised the bar of achievement, and are some of the absolute best in their fields of our business. Their accomplishments are incredible, from Emilio's formidable expansion of Televisa's business, and Jim's unique ability to touch and entertain us with remarkable stories and characters, to Jon's shrewd growth strategy and vision for screens both large and small, and Lauren's record of building hugely successful cable brands in the times of this dynamic digital media landscape."
This year’s honorees will be feted with new surprises at the cocktail reception/ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, January 28 during NATPE 2014 at the Fontainebleau Resort.
"It would have meant so much to Brandon that NATPE continued to keep alive his love for TV with this award,” said Lilly Tartikoff. “Emilio, Jim, Jon and Lauren embody the creative brilliance and passion for the business that were his trademark.”
Emilio Azcárraga Jean is President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Televisa S.A.B. Under his leadership, Grupo Televisa has more than doubled its operating margin and consolidated its leadership in Mexico's broadcast business. The undisputed leader of Spanish-language content worldwide, the company produces more than 90,000 hours of original programming annually – content that is exported to more 130 countries, including an audience of 50 million Hispanics in the U.S. Televisa has also become a major player in the Mexican telecommunications industry through its continued expansion into cable and satellite TV as well as landline and mobile telephony services.
Azcárraga began his career with the company in 1988 as Operations Director of Channel 12 in Tijuana, and two years later, was appointed Grupo Televisa's Corporate Vice President of Programming. In 1996 he became Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the overall operation of the company, and in 1997 he became CEO of the group. Azcárraga is also President of Fundación Televisa, Mexico's most prominent foundation, whose mission is to generate opportunities for improvement in education, values, nutrition, health, housing and cultural projects, and a key supporter of Teletón, a nationwide event to assist handicapped children and fight childhood cancer.
James L. Brooks has brought to life some of the most indelible television and film characters and stories in history, including the smash hit The Simpsons, a worldwide cultural phenomenon that is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary. He created and produced ground-breaking hit shows such as Room 222, one of the first shows to feature an African-American lead character; The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which showed the world an independent working woman; Taxi, an ensemble comedy that explored the work experiences of a group of blue-collar taxi drivers; Lou Grant, which focused on issues for media and society; and The Tracy Ullman Show, a brilliant platform for sketch comedy.