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Kelley to get Banff kudos

Producer/writer to receive Astral Award of Excellence

TORONTO — David E. Kelley will receive the 1999 Banff Television Festival’s Astral Award of Excellence.

The writer-producer will receive his prize at the Banff Rockie Awards Show on June 14. This year’s Banff TV festival, the 20th, will take place June 13-19.

Kelley, the mind behind “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice,” “Chicago Hope” and “Picket Fences,” is the 18th recipient of the annual award, given to individuals for an outstanding body of work over time. Past winners include Don Hewitt, Walter Cronkite, Peter Jennings, Peter Ustinov and Laurence Olivier.

“Ally McBeal” has a Rockie nom for best comedy series, and “The Practice” for continuing series (which it won at last year’s Rockies).

Kelley, a former attorney practicing in Boston, joined “L.A. Law” as a writer, and quickly climbed the ranks, garnering five Emmy Awards as producer and writer. He also has written and produced features, including “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday,” and two upcoming releases, “Mystery Alaska,” and “Lake Placid.”