Special Awards Reception to be Held on January 20 at the 2016 NATPE Market and Conference in Miami Beach

LOS ANGELES, October 26, 2015 – Steve Harvey, Doug Herzog, Quincy Jones, Sophie Turner Laing and Norman Lear will receive NATPE’s 13th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at a special reception on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. The announcement was made today by NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth.

The award ceremony will take place during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference, which returns to Miami Beach January 19 – 21, 2016.  Operating under the banner theme “Be Creative. Be Fearless. Be Ready,” this year the conference will debut a newly expanded campus that includes both the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and neighboring Eden Roc resort, encouraging attendees to be imaginative, tenacious and equipped to succeed in the ever-expanding, interdependent content community. Schedule and speaker announcements will be made in the coming weeks; please visit for updates.

Named in honor of Brandon Tartikoff, one of the most esteemed programmers in the history of television, the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award was created to recognize a select group of television professionals who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming. The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year at a special reception in association with Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News during the annual NATPE Market and Conference.

Event tickets are available for $190 per ticket, $2,200 for a table, benefiting the NATPE Educational Foundation, and can be purchased online at

“Each of these honorees has had enormous impact on our culture and our business, which is dedicated to celebrating content excellence across multiple platforms,” says NATPE President and CEO Rod Perth. “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 for this year’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. We look forward to honoring their achievements in television at this momentous event at NATPE Miami 2016.”

“It would have meant so much to Brandon that NATPE has kept alive his love for what has become a new world of entertaining content that now reaches across every platform,”  said Lilly Tartikoff.  “Norman, Quincy, Sophie, Doug, and Steve embody the creative brilliance and passion for the business that was his trademark. I wish warm congratulations to each of them!”

The 2016 Legacy Award recipients are recognized for exhibiting extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating compelling content.

Steve Harvey is a comedian, businessman, radio mogul, TV personality and best-selling author. He is the host of the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show Steve Harvey currently in its fourth season. Harvey has led the hit talk show to win back-to-back Emmys for “Outstanding Talk Show/Informative” (2014 & 2015) and NAACP Image Awards for “Outstanding Talk Series” (2014 & 2015). As host, Harvey was awarded the People’s Choice Award in 2013 for “Favorite New Talk Show Host” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Host” in 2015. In addition to hosting his eponymous daytime show, Harvey is also at the helm of FremantleMedia’s long-running hit syndicated game show, Family Feud. In 2016, Feud will be celebrating its 40th anniversary and Harvey’s milestone 1000th episode as host. Most recently, Harvey helmed the primetime celebrity version of the show on ABC. Celebrity Family Feud debuted as the top-rated series launch of summer 2015 and came in as the #2 show of the summer overall. Harvey is also the host of the #1 rated nationally syndicated morning radio show, Steve Harvey Morning Show. His first book “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” was released in 2009 and became an international bestseller, spending 64 weeks on the prestigious New York Times Best Seller list. In December 2010, Harvey’s follow up, “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man,” debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The hit film based on Harvey’s book, Think Like A Man, debuted in 2012 as the #1 movie in America and grossed $33.6 million its opening week. Harvey’s latest book, “Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success” (2014) debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Doug Herzogis the President of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Group, which includes Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, and Logo. Over the course of his career, Herzog has launched some of television’s most successful and culturally resonant original series, including The Daily ShowSouth Park, The Colbert ReportMalcolm in the MiddleBroad CityKey & PeeleInside Amy SchumerHot in Cleveland, and Lip Sync Battle. In April 2015, Herzog’s network portfolio expanded to include MTV, VH1, and Logo, in addition to Comedy Central and Spike, with the merging of Viacom’s Music & Entertainment Groups. Herzog began his career at CNN before joining MTV in 1984 to create MTV News.

During his first tenure at MTV, he developed groundbreaking MTV series including The Real WorldUnplugged and Road Rules, as well as the network’s signature MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards.

Over the years, multi-media entrepreneur Quincy Jones‘ career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, magazine founder, best-selling author and humanitarian. Currently celebrating more than 60 years performing and being involved in music, Jones has won 27 Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy’s Trustees Award and the Grammy Living Legend Award.  He also holds the record for the most Grammy nominations with a total of 79.  He is an Emmy winner and seven-time Oscar nominee, and was recently honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with their Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.  In 1997, he formed the Quincy Jones Media Group (QJMG) which develops and produces feature films, television, live entertainment, direct response marketing, and cross-media projects for home entertainment and educational applications.

Sophie Turner Laing, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine Group, oversees a network of more than 120 creative production companies in over 30 markets with a portfolio of approximately 600 revenue-generating titles across scripted and non-scripted genres. With productions in over 50 languages for multiple platforms around the world, Endemol Shine Group’s best-known international hits include Big BrotherBlack MirrorBroadchurch, Bron (The Bridge), Deal or No DealHell on WheelsHumansHuntedThe IslandMasterChefMr. BeanPeaky BlindersThe Biggest LoserThe FallThe Money Drop and many more.  Prior to taking up her current role in in December 2014, Turner Laing held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Director of Movies and Managing Director, Content. She was instrumental in forging Sky’s ground-breaking partnership with HBO, which led to the launch of Sky Atlantic and was also the driving force behind Sky’s commitment to increase investment in original British programming to £600m a year, achieved in 2014. Sophie also helped set up Hit Entertainment and held a number of senior roles at the BBC, including Acting Director of Television.  She began her TV career at Henson International Television where she worked on programmes like The Muppet Show and rose to become Sales Director.

Norman Lear, producer, writer, director and author – Act III Communications, has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Lear began his television writing career in 1950, producing the iconic series All in the Family, which in its nine seasons on CBS, garnered four Emmy Awards for Best Comedy series and a Peabody Award in 1977. The series was followed by a succession of other television hit shows, including MaudeSanford and SonGood TimesThe JeffersonsOne Day at a Time, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. Lear founded People For the American Way, a non-profit organization designed to speak out for Bill of Rights guarantees and to monitor violations of constitutional freedoms. Additionally, he formed other nonprofit organizations, including the Business Enterprise Trust (1989-2000), which spotlighted exemplary social innovations in American business; the Norman Lear Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication (2000-present), a multidisciplinary research and public policy center dedicated to exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society; and with his wife, Lyn, and Alan and Cindy Horn, co-founded the Environmental Media Association (1989-present). Lear is the author of a best-selling memoir, “Even This I Get to Experience”, now available in paperback.


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