Award Presentation at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
New York, N.Y. – July 30, 2015 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced that this year’s News & Documentary Emmy® Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to the television news visionary, Ted Turner, on Monday, September 28th, 2015, at a ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), located at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 65th Street in New York City. The award will be presented as part of the 36th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards which will be attended by more than 1,400 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Emmy® Awards will be presented in 45 categories.
“In my over 30 years of working in the television industry, there is no man that has made a bigger or more long-lasting impact on the world of television news than Ted Turner,” said, Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “His vision, leadership and flawless execution and launch of CNN was and is unparalleled in the industry. CNN, the world’s first 24/7 cable news network, revolutionized the industry in ways that continue to reverberate across the globe and throughout the television landscape.”
“Ted Turner is many things: an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a larger-than-life figure, a citizen of the world”, said David Winn, Senior Vice President, News & Documentary Emmy Awards. “But perhaps his most important achievement is the founding of CNN. Cable television was the disruptive technology of its day, and Ted Turner was the single most important figure in the creation of cable news. We at the National Television Academy are honored to present him with this year’s lifetime achievement award.”
Throughout his career, Ted Turner has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen; sharp business skills; a vision that transformed television; leadership qualities that won sports championships; and his unprecedented philanthropy.
Turner began his career as an account executive with Turner Advertising Company and entered the television business in 1970 when he acquired Atlanta independent UHF station channel 17. In 1976, Turner purchased Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and launched TBS Superstation, originating the “Superstation” concept. In 1977, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. acquired the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks and in 1980 Turner launched CNN, the world’s first live, 24-hour global news network.
Over the next two decades, the company built a portfolio of unrivaled cable television news and entertainment brands and businesses, including CNN Headline News, CNN International, TNT, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies. In the mid-’90s, Castle Rock Entertainment and New Line Cinema became Turner Broadcasting properties. In October 1996, the company merged with Time Warner Inc., and in 2001, Time Warner merged with AOL to create AOL Time Warner. The company later changed its name back to Time Warner Inc.
Turner has also made his mark as one of the most influential philanthropists in the U.S.
He is the chairman of the Turner Foundation, Inc. founded in 1990, which supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect our climate, safeguarding environmental health, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates. Since its inception, the Turner Foundation has given more than 380 million dollars to hundreds of organizations.
Turner created the Captain Planet Foundation in August 1990, to fund and support hands-on, environmental projects for children and youth. The foundation’s objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities.
The Turner Endangered Species Fund, launched in June 1997, is a core grantee of the Turner Foundation, which works to conserve biodiversity by emphasizing restoration efforts of endangered or imperiled species on the Turner properties.
In September 1997, Turner announced his historic pledge of up to $1 billion to the United Nations. The following year, Turner created the United Nations Foundation to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, and energy access.
In early 2001, Turner launched the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a foundation he co-chairs with former Senator Sam Nunn. NTI is working to close the growing and increasingly dangerous gap between the threat from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and the global response.
Over the past several years, Turner has devoted his time and energy toward promoting the use of clean energy sources. While urging others to make the switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, he has already done so in a very large way. Turner has partnered with Southern Company to build seven solar facilities including the Cimarron Solar Facility in Colfax County, New Mexico (30 MW), the Apex Solar Facility in Clark County, Nevada (20 MW), Spectrum Solar Facility also located in Clark County, Nevada (30 MW), Granville Solar Facility in Granville County, North Carolina (2.5 MW) , Campo Verde Solar Facility (139 MW) in Imperial County, California, Adobe Solar Facility (20 MW) in Kern County, California and Macho Springs Solar Facility (50 MW) in Luna County, New Mexico. In addition, Turner has added solar panels on his numerous properties, including the installation of 25 solar canopies in the employee parking lot adjacent to his Atlanta office.
Turner is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards and civic honors, including being named TIME Magazine’s 1991 Man of the Year, Broadcasting and Cable’s Man of the Century in 1999 and one of TIME 100 World’s Most Influential People in 2009. In recent years, Turner received the 2011 Palazzo Strozzi Foundation’s Renaissance Man of the Year award and the Overseas Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards in 2014, among many others.
The 36th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honors programming distributed during the calendar year 2014.
The list of nominees for the 36th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards is available on the National Television Academy’s website: www.emmyonline.tv
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About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a 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. NATAS membership consists of over 14,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country. Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence 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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