The Television Academy’s 23rd Hall of Fame class includes actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, writer-producer David E. Kelley, late night host Jay Leno, media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and iconic ABC Network executive Brandon Stoddard. Additionally, sound pioneer and innovator Ray Dolby will be inducted posthumously.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Beverly Wilshire hotel on March 11, 2014.
The 2014 honorees join more than 130 individuals previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984. Recognized for their extraordinary contributions to the medium, candidates are submitted by the Television Academy’s membership and the industry at large to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, chaired by Warner Bros. Television Group President and Chief Content Officer Peter Roth. In addition to Roth, this year’s committee included Emmy Award-winning producer Marcy Carsey; Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group; Rick Rosen, Board Member and Head of Television at WME; Fred Silverman, founder of The Fred Silverman Company and former executive at ABC, CBS and NBC; and Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment.
Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes in the hit NBC series “Seinfeld,” as Christine Campbell in the CBS hit comedy “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and most recently as Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO series “Veep.” Between all shows, she has received four Emmy awards and fourteen nominations, a Golden Globe award and four nominations, as well as five Screen Actors Guild awards and eleven nominations.
Award-winning writer-producer David E. Kelley is the mind behind some of America’s most distinctive television series. As creator of the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning shows “Boston Legal,” “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal,” the critically acclaimed dramatic series “Harry’s Law,” “Boston Public” and “Chicago Hope,” and the multiple award-winning drama series “Picket Fences,” Kelley’s writing and executive-producing style continues to intrigue television viewing audiences. His most recent series is “The Crazy Ones,” on CBS.
Jay Leno, the longtime host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” has dominated late night television for more than two decades. He has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.”
Rupert Murdoch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox, a portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. In 1986, the company created the Fox Television Stations group, which now comprises 28 stations across the U.S. and served as the foundation for the launch of FOX Broadcasting Company – and with it an unprecedented fourth American broadcast network.
ABC veteran Brandon Stoddard became the network’s president in 1985. Primetime shows created during his tenure included “Thirtysomething,” “The Wonder Years,” “China Beach,” “Full House,” and “Roseanne.” In that era, Stoddard was also responsible for the creation of “Twin Peaks,” “Max Headroom,” and “Slap Maxwell.”
Ray Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965, and created an environment in which scientists and engineers continue to advance the science of sight and sound to make entertainment and communications more engaging.