TV pioneers spotlighted

Chetwynd feted with lifetime kudos, Di Bona with service award

TV industry pioneers Lionel Chetwynd and Vin Di Bona have been tapped for honors by the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors.

Kudos will be presented at the org’s annual awards banquet Jan. 16 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Chetwynd will receive the lifetime achievement award for his work, Di Bona the distinguished service award.

Writer-producer-director Chetwynd penned the Oscar-nommed screenplay for “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” as well as miniseries “The Bible: Joseph.” Credits include “Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents,” “Kissinger and Nixon” and “Sadat.”

A pioneer in comedic reality programming who’s exec producer-director of ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Di Bona is a member of the Caucus steering committee and has served as org treasurer. Credits include “America’s Funniest People” and “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

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