Seinfeld awarded org’s highest honor

Comedian to be feted with Chairman's Award

HOLLYWOOD — Besides getting hitched and working on a new standup routine, Jerry Seinfeld hasn’t made many public appearances since his immensely popular sitcom vacated its primetime digs in 1998. The comedian’s whereabouts will be well known, however, on the morning of Jan. 23.

Seinfeld will receive the National Assn. of Television Program Executive’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, as part of the confab’s opening session, set for 8:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton. The award is bestowed upon a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the television industry.

Airing on NBC and serving as an anchor for the Peacock’s Must See TV Thursday night lineup for nearly a decade, “Seinfeld” ran for nine seasons and bowed out amid enormous press coverage. The program was scoring large Nielsen numbers when it went off the primetime sked, but Seinfeld said he felt the show had run its course.

Syndie sensation

On the syndie side, “Seinfeld” is distributed by Columbia TriStar TV and can be seen on 233 stations in 99% of the country.

“Each year we choose a Chairman’s Award recipient who has added groundbreaking chapters to the history of television and under that criteria, Jerry Seinfeld is the perfect recipient,” says NATPE chairman Steve Mosko. ” ‘Seinfeld’ continues to achieve landmark success and acclaim, not just in the U.S. but around the world.”

Past award winners include Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson, Norman Lear and Carol Burnett.

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