Passion, leadership, vision among criteria for kudos

Six key TV execs have been tapped to receive the inaugural Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards.

Fox Broadcasting entertainment prexy Gail Berman, reality pioneer Mark Burnett, Scripps CEO-prexy Ken Lowe and producers Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner and Caryn Mandabach have been selected for kudos.

Prize recognizes the late Tartikoff’s influence on the industry. Recipients are chosen based on their passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating programming.

“Their work embodies everything Brandon’s many contributions to television stand for, and he would have been so proud to have these talented people accept his award,” Lilly Tartikoff said.

Honors will be handed out Jan. 19 at the Venetian Hotel during the annual NATPE confab.

Berman oversees all of Fox programming, including development, skedding and marketing. She is the first series producer to ascend to that spot. Prior to joining Fox, she served as president of both Regency TV and Sandollar TV.

A veteran of Scripps since 1980, Lowe has been involved in the launches of nets HGTV, DIY and Fine Living and has managed the Food Network.

Besides CBS’ “Survivor” series, Burnett’s credits include “The Restaurant” and the upcoming “The Apprentice.”

Carsey and Werner launched their shingle in 1981, with Mandabach joining in 1984. Current titles include “That ’70s Show,” “Whoopi” and “The Tracy Morgan Show.”

“Clearly these six people are the kinds of leaders and independent minds that we need more of in this business,” NATPE prexy-CEO Rick Feldman.

Honorees were nominated through NATPE’s Web site and then selected by org’s executive committee and the executive editorial staffs of Variety, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News.

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