It was announced today that Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, has been invited to be a part of the 25th class inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.
Iger’s fellow honorees include actress Cicely Tyson (Roots and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman) Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon team leader and co-founder of Oxygen Media), Jay Sandrich (directed episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Soap, and The Golden Girls) and Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy and American Dad).
The Television Academy, in a released statement announcing the induction, said this of Iger’s work: “Bob Iger has built on Disney’s rich history of storytelling and innovation since becoming CEO in 2005 by acquiring Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox…Always one to embrace new technology, Iger has orchestrated an ambitious direct-to-consumer strategy that leverages Disney’s unparalleled creative content across new platforms, including the new Disney+ streaming service, ESPN+, Hulu and Hotstar.”
The 25th class will be inducted on January 28th, 2020 at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California.
“These exceptional individuals have been major forces in television’s evolution,” said chair of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Rick Rosen. “It is our pleasure to honor them and celebrate their influence and impact on the growth of our industry across six decades of unprecedented change.”
The selection committee is comprised of some of the leading names in the television industry: Rick Rosen, William Morris Endeavor’s head of television; Bonnie Hammer, chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios; Marcy Carsey, Emmy-winning producer; Peter Roth, president, Warner Bros. Television; Fred Silverman, founder of the Fred Silverman Company and former ABC, CBS, and NBC executive; and Nina Tassler, partner PatMa Productions and former executive at CBS.
The Television Academy Hall of Fame has ushered in more than 145 inductees since its beginning.
Source: Orlando Sentinel