A Natpe release states that the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards
will be formally presented at a reception on 19 January 2004, at
the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas during an annual conference and
The awards will celebrate a select group of television professionals
who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and
vision in the process of creating television programming, the release
The awards will be held in association with the Broadcasting
& Cable, Multichannel News and Variety magazines.
Award winners will be selected by Natpe's executive committee, out
of the nominations received by Natpe members and executive editorial
staff of the magazines.
Natpe has announced that nominations for the awards must be submitted
at www.natpe.org before 30 October 2003.
Lilly Tartikoff wife of the late TV star Brandon Tartikoff, was
quoted in the company release as saying, "Brandon loved the
television business, particularly people and programmes that embodied
the high level of creativity he strived for throughout his career.
He viewed the television programme as an open canvas upon which
you could marry wonderful stories with beautiful images. Brandon
would've been so honored to have his name and contributions to the
industry recognized by Natpe through these special awards."
Tartikoff was responsible for programming some of television's
most powerful and successful shows like NBC's Hill Street Blues,
Cheers, L.A. Law, The Cosby Show and Seinfeld
among others. In addition to serving as chairman of Paramount Pictures,
he also ran New World Communications, a major television station
group owner, and production and distribution company.