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  • Chris Beachum
    May 22nd, 2011

    Arts District, Calif. – The Television Academy’s Hall of Fame Selection
    Committee has announced the groundbreaking television legends to be
    inducted into the 23rd
    Hall of Fame.  The 2014 inductees, announced today by Television
    Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum, are highly accomplished
    individuals from all aspects of the television industry whose careers
    have made a significant impact on the medium. 

    The 23rd
    Hall of Fame class includes four-time Emmy® Award-winning actress Julia
    , prolific writer-producer David E. Kelley, late night
    legend Jay Leno,
    media mogul and FOX Broadcasting Company founder Rupert Murdoch, and
    iconic ABC Network executive Brandon Stoddard.  Additionally, sound
    pioneer and innovator Ray Dolby will be inducted posthumously.  The
    induction ceremony will take place at the Beverly Wilshire,
    A Four Seasons Hotel on March 11, 2014. 


    Hall of Fame gala will once again be produced in partnership with the
    Television Academy Foundation, which celebrates past, present and future
    industry leaders through
    its educational outreach and archival programs.  The ceremony will be
    executive produced for a third time by noted television producer Phil
    Gurin (Oh Sit!, Shark Tank, The Singing Bee). 


    six individuals being inducted into the Hall of Fame have all made a
    profound impact on the landscape of television, leaving their own mark
    within our industry and with
    audiences around the world,” said Rosenblum.  “Their groundbreaking
    contributions will last for generations, making them true icons who
    could not be more deserving of the Television Academy’s highest honor.” 


    2014 honorees join more than 130 individuals previously inducted into
    the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984. Recognized for their
    extraordinary contributions to
    the medium, candidates are submitted by the Television Academy’s
    membership and the industry at large to the Hall of Fame Selection
    Committee, chaired by Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief
    Content Officer Peter Roth. In addition to Roth, this
    year’s committee included Emmy® Award-winning producer Marcy Carsey;
    Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Rick
    Rosen, Board Member and Head of Television at WME; Fred Silverman,
    founder of The Fred Silverman Company and former
    executive at ABC, CBS and NBC; and Nina Tassler, President of CBS


    Following is biographical information for this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:


    Ray Dolby
    Ray Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 and created
    an environment in which  scientists and engineers continue to advance
    the science of sight and sound to make entertainment and communications
    more engaging. Dr. Dolby’s pioneering work in noise reduction and
    surround sound led to the development of many state-of-the-art
    technologies, for which he obtained more than 50 U.S. patents.  Known
    for his insatiable curiosity, Dr. Dolby attributed his success to a
    personal quest for education that eventually led to a PhD in physics
    from Cambridge University.

    in his career, while attending high school and then Stanford
    University, he worked at Ampex Corporation and was the chief designer of
    all electronic aspects of the first practical
    videotape recording system. Today, Dolby Laboratories technologies are
    an essential part of the creative process for recording artists and
    filmmakers, who continue to use Dolby® tools to bring their visions to
    life.  In the 48 years since Ray Dolby founded
    Dolby Laboratories, the company has transformed the entertainment
    experience from the cinema to the living room to mobile entertainment.
    Tens of thousands of films and billions of products and devices with
    Dolby technologies have made their way to theatres
    and homes around the world. The industry has awarded Dolby
    Laboratories with 10 Academy Awards® and 14 Emmy® Awards for its
    groundbreaking achievements.  Additionally, Dr. Dolby has been the
    recipient of such prestigious honors and awards as
    The National Medal of Technology
    President Clinton, The Order of Officer of the British Empire (OBE)
    from Queen Elizabeth II, Honorary Doctorate of Science from Cambridge
    University, Honorary Doctorate from the University
    of York, an Oscar, a Grammy, several Emmys, Audio Engineering Society
    (AES) Silver and Gold Medals and the Institute of Electrical and
    Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Edison Medal.  In 2004, Ray Dolby was
    into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the United States and the Royal Academy of Engineers in the United Kingdom. 


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim
    and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series
    “Seinfeld,” as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy “The New
    Adventures of Old Christine” and most recently as Vice President Selina
    Meyer in the HBO series “Veep.” Between all shows
    combined, she has received four Emmy awards and fourteen nominations, a
    Golden Globe award and four nominations, as well as five Screen Actors
    Guild awards and eleven nominations.  Louis-Dreyfus is currently in
    production on the third season of the HBO series,
    “Veep”. Directed by Armando Iannucci, the half-hour comedy centers on
    the character of Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States.
    Louis-Dreyfus recently won her second Emmy Award for this role. 
    Louis-Dreyfus is currently receiving critical acclaim
    for her starring role as Eva in Fox Searchlight’s “Enough Said,”
    opposite the late James Gandolfini. The comedy is written and directed
    by Nicole Holofcener.  Her other television credits include multiple
    appearances on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” which was
    co-created by Larry David of “Seinfeld,” a recurring role on Matt
    Groening’s “The Simpsons” on FOX, a recurring role in 2003 on Fox’s
    critically acclaimed “Arrested Development” and NBC’s 2002 real-time
    sitcom “Watching Ellie.”  Louis-Dreyfus first made her
    mark on television during a three-year stint (1982-1985) on “Saturday
    Night Live.”  She subsequently hosted the show twice, becoming the first
    female former cast member to return as host.  Louis-Dreyfus is a
    committed and steadfast defender of the environment.
    She serves as a member on the leadership council for the Natural
    Resource Defense Council (NRDC) as well as on the Board of Directors of
    Heal the Bay and on the Honorary Board of Heal the Ocean.   She studied
    theater at Northwestern University where she was
    also a recipient of a Doctor of Arts in 2007. During college, she was a
    member of The Practical Theater Company, and Chicago’s famed
    Second-City comedy troupe.


    David E. Kelley
    Multi award-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley
    is the mind behind some of America’s most distinctive television
    series. As creator of the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning
    shows “Boston Legal,” “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal,” the critically
    acclaimed dramatic series “Harry’s Law,” “Boston
    Public” and “Chicago Hope,” and the multiple award-winning drama series
    “Picket Fences,” Kelley’s writing and executive-producing style
    continues to intrigue television viewing audiences.  His most recent
    series is “The Crazy Ones.”  After receiving his law
    degree from the Boston University School of Law, Kelley was an attorney
    practicing law in Boston before venturing into the world of
    entertainment. Honored with four George Foster Peabody Awards, a
    Television Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild of America,
    the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild
    and the TV Guide Awards’ inaugural Brandon Tartikoff Award, Kelley was
    also the subject of a tribute by the Museum of Television and Radio and
    was named a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of
    Fame Honoree. He is the recipient of the Monte Carlo Television
    Festival’s first Showman of the Year Award, the Casting Society of
    America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been honored by the Legal
    Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In addition, he has received
    the prestigious Humanitas Prize for two consecutive years for “The
    Practice,” and was presented with both The Paddy Chayefsky Lifetime
    Achievement Award and The Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of
    America.  To date, Kelley is the only Producer to ever
    win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama, “Ally
    McBeal” and “The Practice” respectively, in the same year (1999). 
    Kelley also is a two-time Television Academy Honors recipient for
    “Boston Legal” and “Harry’s Law.”


    Jay Leno
    late night TV show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling
    children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and
    movie voice-over artist, pioneering car
    builder and mechanic, philanthropist…it’s no wonder Jay Leno is widely
    characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”  All this
    has paid off:  he has dominated late night television for more than two
    decades as host of “The 
    Tonight Show
    with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting during
    this time.  He has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy
    for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” “The 
    Tonight Show”
    has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined
    by voting viewers. Leno, himself, is the recipient of the People’s
    Choice Award and many other honors.  As if this were not enough, “Jay
    Leno’s Garage”
    Jaylenosgarage.com –
    has gained an international following on the Web, not to mention a 2011
    Emmy Award and several nominations for Outstanding Special
    Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs.  He produces the NBC creation
    with Robert Angelo.  An indefatigable performer, he loves
    to perform before audiences across the nation, doing over 100 shows in
    nightclubs, theaters and stadiums each year.  In addition to traversing
    the U.S., he has entertained in various countries, including for U.S.
    military troops.  Jay is also committed to
    using his talents to help those less fortunate. Each year, he hosts and
    appears at numerous benefits, including events for those whose lives
    were devastated by natural disasters and other tragedies.  He leads the
    annual Love Ride in California to benefit humanitarian
    organizations serving people with autism, muscular dystrophy, and
    Special Olympics.  He has assisted the Gender Apartheid campaign, led by
    his wife Mavis, together with the Feminist Majority, to free Afghan
    women from Taliban tyranny, an effort recognized
    with a Nobel Peace Prize nomination.  Jay authors
    books, records voice-overs and relishes corporate speaking, writes
    a monthly column in “Popular Mechanics,” and works on his collection of
    classic cars and motorcycles in his eco-friendly green garage.  He
    and Mavis live in Los Angeles. 


    Rupert Murdoch
    Murdoch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox,
    the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and
    satellite assets spanning six continents
    across the globe.  In 1986, the Company created the Fox Television
    Stations group, which now comprises 28 stations across the U.S. and
    served as the foundation for the launch of FOX Broadcasting Company –
    and with it an unprecedented fourth American broadcast
    network.  Since its launch, FOX has revolutionized the television
    landscape with groundbreaking shows such as “The Simpsons,” “The
    X-Files,” and “American Idol,” among others.  In 1994, the Company
    acquired rights to National Football League (NFL) games, and
    formed FOX Sports, which is now the world’s leading sports
    broadcaster.  In October 1996, the Company launched FOX News Channel,
    which in 2013 will complete its 12th consecutive year as the
    nation’s most-watched cable news channel. The Company has
    also successfully established some of the U.S. and the world’s most
    popular cable networks, including a collection of more than 20 regional
    Fox Sports cable networks, FX and the National Geographic Channels.  In
    the past 12 months, the Company has launched
    several new channels, including FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports
    2.  21st Century Fox is the major shareholder in British Sky
    Broadcasting, the U.K.’s first satellite broadcasting operation, which
    launched in 1989 and is and regarded as the world’s most
    successful direct-to-home satellite broadcaster. The Company also owns
    Italy’s leading pay-TV platform, SKY Italia and has a majority interest
    in Germany’s Sky Deutschland.  And through its ownership of STAR, the
    No. 1 television network in India, 21st Century
    Fox provides a variety of top-rated local programming services in
    general entertainment, film, music and sports to more than 500 million
    viewers in India and across Asia every week.   Mr. Murdoch has been
    awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.)
    for services to the media, and he and his family have been closely
    involved with, and made generous contributions to various educational,
    cultural, and medical charitable organizations throughout the United
    States, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Israel.


    Brandon Stoddard
    During more than three decades of pioneering
    work in network television, Brandon Stoddard was responsible for some
    of the most memorable moments in the history of the medium. Through his
    work at ABC, he is known for bringing quality and creativity to every
    area he oversaw – from children’s programming
    to prime time series to movies made for TV and, particularly, the
    mini-series.  Stoddard joined ABC Television in 1970 as Director of
    Daytime Programs and until 1995 he held positions throughout the
    entertainment division including becoming its President in
    1985.  Primetime shows created during his tenure included
    “Thirtysomething,” “The Wonder Years,” “China Beach,” “Full House,” and
    “Roseanne.”  In that era, Stoddard was also responsible for the creation
    of “Twin Peaks,” “Max Headroom,” and “Slap Maxwell.” 
    Also, as President of ABC’s first in-house production company, ABC
    Productions, Stoddard shepherded numerous series into production
    including the award-winning “My So-Called Life.”  But Stoddard is
    probably best known for his participation in the development
    of the “ABC Novel for Television,” with such landmark productions as
    “Roots,” “The Winds of War” and “The Thorn Birds,” which became the
    three most-watched mini-series in television history as well as Herman
    Wouk’s “War and Remembrance.”  Other mini-series
    most noted during his tenure include “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “Masada,”
    “East of Eden,” “Roots: The Next Generation,” and “North and South.” 
    Stoddard was also responsible for “The Day After,” the most-watched
    motion picture made for television in the medium’s
    history and such highly-acclaimed movies for television as “Something
    About Amelia,” “Friendly Fire,” “The Dollmaker,” “The Women’s Room,”
    “Who Will Love My Children,” and “Attica.”  In 1979, Stoddard also
    started a motion picture division within ABC, ABC
    Motion Pictures, Inc., and served as its President.  In addition to
    motion pictures for television, Stoddard was responsible for the
    development and production of motion pictures for theatrical
    distribution.  Among the theatricals released under Stoddard’s
    direction were, “The Flamingo Kid,” “Young Doctors in Love” and the
    Academy Award-nominated movies, “Silkwood” and “Prizzi’s Honor.” 
    Following his time at ABC, Stoddard devoted ten years, from 2002-2011,
    to teaching “Advanced Television” to graduate students
    in the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC’s School for Cinema and

    Oct 27th, 2011

    Yay JLD, but yuk Digger Murdoch.

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    Nov 4th, 2010

    Congrats Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David E. Kelley!

    Shame these aren’t televised or at least a webcast. They have some videos on youtube from last year’s ceremony, but not a complete set.

    Boomer, who will replace Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David E. Kelley on your HOF website?

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    Apr 30th, 2013

    Julia Louis Dreyfus and David E. Kelley! Congrats to them! Very well deserved!

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    Chris Beachum
    May 22nd, 2011

    Thanks for looking at the website. Not sure who will replace them, but there are certainly many worthy people to consider. None of my top 10 people that have been waiting are being inducted this time. Boo!

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    Chris Beachum
    May 22nd, 2011

    This ceremony will be held on March 11. Speeches to be seen on the Emmy website.

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus to be inducted by Amy Poehler.

    Jay Leno by Bill Maher.

    David E. Kelley by Bill D’Elia (director/producer).

    Ray Dolby by Chris Cookson (Sony president).

    Brandon Stoddard by Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal).

    Rupert Murdoch by Katey Sagal.

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