Producers Quincy Jones and Norman Lear will also be feted at the 13th annual kudos that recognize those who have made significant contributions to television. The awards will be handed out Jan. 20 during the annual NATPE conference in Miami.
“Steve Harvey, Doug Herzog, Quincy Jones, Sophie Turner Laing and Norman Lear are fearlessly creative innovators and we can’t think of a more fitting group to honor,” said NATPE president-CEO Rod Perth.
Harvey is ubiquitous in daytime TV and radio these days. He’s host of the syndie hits “Steve Harvey” and “Family Feud.” Herzog oversees Comedy Central, MTV and other networks for Viacom where he was a key member of the team that built MTV Networks in the 1980s.
Turner Laing made her mark in the U.K. as a top exec at BSkyB, driving the satcaster into content and partnerships with HBO and other U.S. players. She was tapped to lead the Endemol Shine Group joint venture of Fox and Apollo Global Management late last year.
Jones’ multi-faceted career in entertainment has included forays into TV production, notably with Will Smith’s breakthrough sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Nonagenarian Lear reigns as the elder statesman of TV comedy as the developer of “All in the Family” and many other enduring series.
(Pictured: Steve Harvey, Doug Herzog, Sophie Turner Laing)