The Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is named after Brandon Tartikoff, a former Programme Executive at the US network NBC who was responsible for famous shows such as The Cosby Show, Cheers, Seinfeld, Alf, Knight Rider, The A-Team, and Miami Vice, all of which became hit formats around the world. It was created to recognise a select group of television professionals “who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.”
Alongside Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) and Executive Producer of shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent and The X Factor, the 2012 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award will also be presented to the creator of Ugly Betty, Fernando Gaitán; Matthew Weiner (Mad Men series Creator and Executive Producer); and Dennis Swanson (President of Station Operations for Fox Television Station Inc.).
Rick Feldman, President and CEO of the National Association of Television Programme Executives (Natpe) says: “Our honorees for 2012 have lived, worked and travelled all over the globe. Their common interest and the reason we have chosen them, is their passion for great TV programming”.
In 2011, Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group, became the first Non-American to receive the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award (RTLGroup.com reported). The 2012 awards ceremony will take place at the Natpe Market & Conference in Miami, on 24 January 2012.