David E. Kelley was crowned showman of the year Monday by the Monte Carlo Television Festival and Market.
“As we celebrate the festival’s past and look to its future,” Monte Carlo secretary general David Tomatis said, “Mr. Kelley is the perfect recipient for this award.”
The award is a newly created fest honor recognizing those who make shows appealing to international auds.
Kelley is the man behind the current primetime series, “Ally McBeal” (and its half-hour restructuring “Ally”) on Fox; “The Practice,” ABC; and “Chicago Hope,” CBS. His ABC series “Snoops,” which premiered in the fall, has been canceled.
Monaco’s Prince Albert will present Kelley with the award Feb. 23. It will be one of several new nods designed to celebrate the fest’s 40th anniversary.
Running Feb. 17-23, the Monte Carlo confab brings in TV buyers and sellers from more than 85 countries. It was established in 1961 by Monaco’s Prince Rainier III to promote TV’s growth through cultural exchange.