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Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2017 Ceremony

The TV Academy Hall of Fame Selection Committee today announced the induction of four TV legends – including John Wells, and Shonda Rhimes and the entire original cast of Saturday Night Live in the 24th Hall of Fame class.

This recognition is for “persons with outstanding contributions in the arts, Sciences or management of television, about career, achievements and contributions.”

The ceremony and red carpet arrival taking place on Wednesday, 15. November of the TV-Academy Saban Media Center.

The latest recruits include:

John Wells – Six-time Emmy award-winning screenwriter and producer
Shonda Rhimes – a Three-time Emmy-nominated writer, producer and Director
Joan Rivers – (posthumous award) Daytime Emmy award-winning comedienne
Roy Christopher – Ten-time-Emmy-winning art director and production designer
The Original cast of Saturday Night Live in honor of the pioneering work of Emmy nominees and winners Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner

“All these people are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible impression on the media and our culture,” said Hayma Washington, the Chairman and CEO of the TV Academy. “We are honored to welcome you to the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to the presentation of their impact for future generations.”

2017 dear you come with more than 135 individuals previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in the year 1984. The coveted honor, actors, comedians, Directors, producers, costume designers, writers, animators, managers, reporters, and various other individuals whose work for television has no equal.

“Television can be attributed to the evolution, to the substantive work of numerous individuals,” said Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chair Rick Rosen. “It is a pleasure to honor a group whose contributions have had and continue to have a permanent influence on our ever-exciting and evolving industry.”

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee, under the chairmanship of Rick Rosen, head of television for the William Morris Endeavor (WME). In addition to roses, in this year, the Committee has included Emmy-winning producer Marcy Rinse; Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Fred Silverman, founder of The Fred Silverman Company and former Executive at ABC, CBS and NBC; and Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.

About the TV Academy Hall of Fame

On founded by former television Academy President John H. Mitchell, the Television Academy Hall of Fame honored-camera legends and industry innovators. Past honorees Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Bob Hope, Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Oprah Winfrey, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Lorne Michaels, Ron Howard, Carl Reiner, Leslie Moonves, Katie Couric, Bob Mackie, Mario Kreutzberger, Bob Barker, Bea Arthur, Regis Philbin, William Shatner, Bob Stewart and Candice include mountains.

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