Five new ATAS Hall of Famers

Five new members were inducted into the television Hall of Fame in a ceremony in North Hollywood on Saturday night.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ black-tie event saluted Quinn Martin (who was inducted posthumously), Garry Marshall, James L. Brooks, Diane Sawyer and Grant Tinker.

The presenters were Julie Kavner, Karl Malden and Mary Tyler Moore, children’s television creator Joan Ganz Cooney and Penny Marshall, the sister of honoree Marshall.

This year’s inductees, who bring the Hall of Fame’s total number to 90, represent a wide range of contributions to the medium.

Tinker’s 40-year career included the chairmanship of NBC in the 1980s as well as executive posts with Universal Television and 20th Century Fox. He co-founded MTM Enterprises, producer of such acclaimed series as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Hill Street Blues.”

Sawyer, who started her broadcasting career in 1967, is being honored for her work on CBS’ “60 Minutes” and ABC’s “PrimeTime Live.”

Brooks, an Oscar-winning filmmaker (“Terms of Endearment”) and recipient of 12 Emmy Awards, began his TV career as a writer and went on to produce “Room 222” and the animated series “The Simpsons.”

Marshall, whose early writing credits include “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “I Spy,” later directed films (“Pretty Woman”) and produced TV comedies including “Happy Days” and “Mork and Mindy.”

Martin, who died in 1987, produced 20 TV movies and 16 series in his career, including “The Untouchables,” “The Fugitive,” “The FBI,” “Streets of San Francisco” and “Barnaby Jones.”

The 13th annual Hall of Fame ceremony was held at the academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre, marking its return to Los Angeles after five years in Orlando, Fla. It was taped for a Showtime cable channel special; an air date was not announced.

Associated Press

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