The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards

As the big night of celebration approaches, and NATPE endeavors to create the highest possible standards of health and well-being for our honorees and guests, we are continuing to work with the industry’s leading experts to ensure that all possible safety measures are being implemented.

An industry affair honoring professionals who have risen to set the industry’s gold standard – join NATPE in celebrating television’s biggest virtual award ceremony where artists, creators, producers, musicians and leaders come together as a family to embody Brandon’s legacy. The event will be live, in-person during NATPE Miami with maximum protocols in place for the safety of the nominees, presenters and guests.

Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of the medium’s greatest programmers, the Legacy Awards were created to recognize an elite group of professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in content programming. Brandon had an unmatched love for television, life and family. He will always be remembered as TV’s boy genius and among the most gifted programmers of his generation.

Join Your Peers From Every Sector of the Business

Talent: Producers, Showrunners, Talent
Content Industry Executives: Streamers, Networks, Satellite, MVPDs, MSOs
C-Suite: Chairperson, CEO, COO, CMO, President, EVP, SVP, VP
Representation: Agents, Publicists, Managers
Sales & Marketing: Head of Sales, CMO, Head of Strategy
Business Development: CRO, Heads-of-State


A True Visionary

“In the not very distant future, we’re going to go several steps further, someday…you’ll come home from a hard day at the office, flip on your computer and fire up the video menu…Instead of someone like me deciding what goes on the air and when, you’ll be making the decision for yourself. You too can be your own television programmer …I hope you have as much fun as I do.”

– Brandon Tartikoff, The Last Great Ride (1992)


Proceeds from the show benefit the NATPE Educational Foundation.

A portion dedicated to Broadcasters Federation of America (BFOA)

The NATPE Educational Foundation empowers the next generation of Media and Entertainment leaders by providing them the tools to secure internships, employment and nurturing their careers forward. We provide opportunities through innovative educational opportunities, essential development, mentorship and access to connections within the Media and Entertainment community.

Our internship program includes shadowing C-level executives and creators during our flagship event, NATPE Miami, giving them first-hand experience and mentorship.

The NATPE Educational Foundation secures faculty fellowships for Professors in Communications, Film, Television and Digital at major Corporations. They gain “real-time” institutional knowledge and experience providing tangible methods and insights which impacts hundreds of students year-round.

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Lilly Tartikoff Reflects on Brandon’s Legacy


LEGACY AWARDS RECIPIENT LIST, 2004 – 2020

Honorees 2020
Christine Baranski – Award-winning Actress
Karey Burke – ABC Entertainment President
Courtney A. Kemp – Television Creator, Producer and Writer
Marcos Santana – President, NBCUniversal’s Telemundo Global Studios
Jeff Zucker – Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports & President, CNN Worldwide

Honorees 2019
Byron Allen – Comedian & Media Mogul
Mara Brock Akil – Producer & Writer
Robert Greenblat – Former Chairman of NBC Entertainment
Rita Moreno – Industry Icon
Betty White – Industry Icon
Henry Winkler – Industry Icon

Honorees 2018
Jane Fonda – Two-time Academy Award winner, seven-time Golden Globe winner, 2014 AFI Life Achievement Award.
Greg Berlanti – WGA, DGA and Golden Globe-nominated writer, director and producer
Kevin Reilly – President of TNT and TBS and the Chief Creative Officer for Turner Entertainment
Cesar Conde – Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.
Tom Selleck – Emmy® award and golden globe winning actor and film producer.

Honorees 2017
Gary Newman and Dana Walden – Chairpersons and & Co-CEOs, Fox Television Group 
Eva Longoria – Actor, Director, Producer, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment
Randy Falco – CEO & President, Univision Communications Inc.
Joshua Sapan – President and Chief Executive Officer, AMC Networks Inc.
Susanne Daniels – Global Head of Original Content, YouTube

Honorees 2016
Quincy Jones – Multi-Media Entrepreneur and record producer 
Doug Herzog – Group President, Viacom Music & Entertainment Group
Sophie Turner Laing – Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine Group Communications
Norman Lear – Producer, Writer, Author, Act III Communications
Steve Harvey – Talent, Steve Harvey World Group

Honorees 2015
Linda Bell Blue – Former Executive Producer, Entertainment Tonight
Gustavo Cisneros and Adriana Cisneros – Chairman and CEO/Vice Chairman
Jay Leno – Talk Show Host & TV Personality
Jonathan Murray – Chairman, Bunim Murray Productions
Ted Sarandos – Chief Content Officer, Netflix

Honorees 2014
Emilio Azcárraga Jean – Chairman, Televisa Internacional 
James L. Brooks – Producer, Gracie Films
Jon Feltheimer – President/CEO, Lionsgate
Lauren Zalaznick – Consultant, LZ Sunday Paper

Honorees 2013
Steve Levitan – Co-Creator, Modern Family
John Langley – Executive Producer, COPS
Debra Lee – CEO, BET
Herbert Kloiber – Chairman, Tele München Gruppe

Honorees 2012
Fernando Gaitan – Vice President of Production and Content, RCN TV
Dennis Swanson – President of Station Operations, FOX Television Stations, Inc.
Matthew Weiner – Creator and Executive Producer, MAD MEN
Cecile Frot-Coutaz – CEO, FremantleMedia North America

Honorees 2011
Dick Ebersol – Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics
Mary Hart – Co-Host, Entertainment Tonight, CBS Television Distribution Group
Regis Philbin – Co-Host, LIVE! with Regis and Kelly
Gerhard Zeiler – CEO, RTL Group

Honorees 2010
Jeff Gaspin – Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment
David E. Kelley – Creator, Executive Producer
Irwin Gotlieb – Chief Executive Officer, GroupM
Judge Judith Sheindlin – Lawyer/Judge/Host of Judge Judy, CBS Television Distribution

Honorees 2009
Chuck Lorre – Executive Producer, Writer & Creator, The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men
Tyler Perry – Creator and Executive Producer, House of Payne
Ben Silverman – Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studio
Anne Sweeney – Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney-ABC Television Group

Honorees 2008
Mark Itkin – EVP, Worldwide Co-Head of Television / Member, Board of Directors of the William Morris Agency
Peter Roth – President, Warner Bros. Television
Nancy Tellem – President, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group
Bob Wright – Vice Chairman and Executive Officer, General Electric

Honorees 2007
Stephen J. Cannell – Emmy® Award winning Producer, Actor, Author 
Harry Friedman – Exec Producer of Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy!
Bonnie Hammer – President, USA Network and SiFi Channel
Anthony E. Zuiker – Creator and executive producer. Creator of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Honorees 2006
Steven Bochco – Television producer and writer. Developed Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D. NYPD Blue.
Marc Cherry – Creator & Executive Producer
Pat Mitchell – President & CEO, PBS

Honorees 2005
Carole Black – President & CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services
James Burrows – Emmy® award-winning director and producer
Dick Wolf – Emmy® award-winning producer and writer

Honorees 2004
Gail Berman – President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting
Mark Burnett – Reality program producer, Mark Burnett Productions
Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, & Caryn Mandabach – Principals in Carsey-Werner-Mandabach
Ken Lowe – CEO, The E.W. Scripps Company

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