Television Hall of Fame
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The Television Academy Hall of Fame was founded by a former president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, John H. Mitchell (1921-1988) to honor individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. television.
In the words of the selection committee, the Hall of Fame is for "persons who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, sciences or management of television, based upon either cumulative contributions and achievements or a singular contribution or achievement." Mitchell remained the chair of the Hall of Fame until his death in January 1988. He was succeeded by Edgar Scherick, who in turn passed the reins to Norman Lear.
The first ceremony in 1984 celebrated the careers of Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayefsky, Norman Lear, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley and David Sarnoff. The honorees received glass statuettes in the form of two ballet dancers that were created by sculptor and painter Pascal to reflect the self-discipline required in all facets of the arts. Since 1988, inductees have brought home an award in the form of a crystal television screen atop a cast-bronze base. The new awards were designed by art director Romain Johnston.
Five or more inductees are announced every year or two. All inductees have been individuals or pairs with the exception of the series I Love Lucy in 1990.
The only known induction request to be turned down is Sesame Street. For unknown reasons the producers have frequently denied permission for the show to be inducted, although its co-creator, Joan Ganz Cooney, accepted the honor as an individual in 1989.
Hall of Fame inductees
- New York Times obit., January 22, 1988
- The Deadline Team (December 16, 2013). "Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David E. Kelley, Jay Leno, Rupert Murdoch, Ray Dolby, Brandon Stoddard Named To TV Academy’s Hall Of Fame". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 19, 2013.