Dinner event being co-produced by WBTVG, NATPE
Comedian Bob Saget will emcee the roast of Warner Bros. syndication exec Dick Robertson, which will take place during the upcoming NATPE confab at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas (Jan. 16-18).The announcement was made Friday by Bruce Rosenblum, prexy of the Warner Bros. Television Group. The dinner event is being co-produced by WBTVG and NATPE on Jan. 17 and will feature friends and colleagues of Robertson paying tribute to his 40-year career in television. Robertson spearheaded the launch of such firstrun hits as “People’s Court,” “The Love Connection,” “Extra” and “Ellen” as well as the off-net rollout of “Friends” reruns. Saget’s relationship with Warner Bros. dates back nearly 20 years, to his eight seasons starring on the hit comedy series “Full House” (1987-1995), which was sold into off-network syndication by Robertson in his role as president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. “I am very happy to roast Dick,” Saget quipped. “That may not come off well in print. What I mean is, I have a long relationship with Warner Bros. Television that I hope I will not tarnish on Jan. 17.” A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to the roast will benefit the NATPE Educational Foundation and Virginia Commonwealth U’s School of Mass Communication, where Robertson serves as chairman of the advisory board. Saget set a precedent by simultaneously starring in two top-10 primetime TV series — playing Danny Tanner on “Full House” while also serving as the eight-year host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos.” He is currently the host of the NBC quiz show “1 vs. 100,” from the producers of “Deal of No Deal.” Saget continues his career as a standup comedian, and throughout 2007 he is on tour, headlining concert halls and colleges across America.