THE 39th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT TO BE PRESENTED TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, BILL GEDDIE

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THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES THE 39th ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY® AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT TO BE PRESENTED TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, BILL GEDDIE 

Producer of “The View” and “The Barbara Walters Specials” to be Honored

New York – April 2, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced that the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Bill Geddie, Executive Producer of “The View,” for his contributions as writer, producer and director in his more than 30-year television career. The award will be presented at the Daytime Emmy® Awards gala, on June 23, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

“Bill Geddie is an icon in the television industry,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “When he and Barbara Walters created “The View” 15 years ago, they introduced a new and innovative daytime television talk show format. We at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are proud to have Bill receive our 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Bill Geddie, along with Barbara Walters, serves as executive producer of “The View,” ABC’s critically acclaimed live talk and entertainment program produced by ABC and Ms. Walters’ Barwall Productions.

Mr. Geddie has also partnered with Ms. Walters for the past 25 years as the executive producer of “The Barbara Walters Specials” and “The 10 Most Fascinating People,” which he also co- writes and directs.

Mr. Geddie and Ms. Walters joined creative forces over 15 years ago for “The View” and have watched their original idea of women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing

the most exciting events of the day evolve into one of Daytime’s most popular and talked-about programs. “The View” received the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Talk Show” and is the recipient of numerous Daytime Emmy Award Nominations, including 12 nominations for Outstanding Talk Show.  In 2009, “The View” hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd were named Outstanding Talk Show Host. It was the first time in the 39 year history of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) that multiple talk show hosts were bestowed this honor.

“The View” is the original forum where real women discuss relevant, everyday issues and share their  daily,  no-holds-barred  opinions  and  lively,  colorful  conversations.  The  program  has received critical acclaim since premiering August 11, 1997, and is broadcast live weekdays from New York City. The program celebrated its 3,000th show on September 23, 2010, and is now in its 15th season. In 2010, television history was made when President Barack Obama appeared on “The View” marking the first time a sitting United States President would visit a daytime talk show.

“The Barbara Walters Specials” are continuously the top-rated specials of the year and have included such legends as Sir Laurence Olivier, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Bette Davis and Audrey Hepburn. More recent interviews of superstars have included Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, George Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Justin Timberlake. Ms. Walters’ “The Ten Most Fascinating People” special broadcast, launched in 1993, offers a year-end review of the most prominent newsmakers of the year, as well as the selection of the “most fascinating person” of the year.

Prior to Barwall Productions, Mr. Geddie produced for “Good Morning America” and began his career as a news cameraman and editor, for which he won numerous awards. He is the recipient of three Emmy® Awards, two for news and one as executive producer of “The View.” He is a screenwriter in his spare time and his script, “Unforgettable,” was made into a movie starring Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino.

Mr. Geddie and wife Barbara, who manages Bill Geddie Productions, have two daughters.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The  National  Academy  of  Television  Arts  &  Sciences  (NATAS)  is  a  professional  service organization  dedicated  to  the  advancement  of  the  arts  and  sciences  of  television  and  the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. Excellence in Primetime programming  and  international  programming  is  recognized  by  its  sister  organization,  the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Regional Emmy®  Awards are given in 19 regions across the United States. NATAS also presents the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Global Media Awards™ which recognizes excellence in the world-wide intersection of digital  entertainment  and  technology.  Beyond  awards,  NATAS  has  extensive  educational programs including the Regional Student Television Awards for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals  and  the  viewing  public.  For  more  information,  please  visit  the  website at www.emmyonline.tv

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For More Information:

Paul Pillitteri, Director Communications, NATAS
ppillitteri@emmyonline.tv