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July 26, 2011

ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION HONORED WITH INTERACTIVE MEDIA AWARD

Archive Snags Award for Outstanding Achievement in Website Development for Second Consecutive Year

NEW YORK CITY – The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television was named a recipient of the Interactive Media Awards’ (IMA) Outstanding Achievement in Website Development Award, honored specifically for Excellence in Arts/Culture. The award recognizes the site’s excellence in relation to five distinct areas: design, usability, feature functionality, standards compliance and content.

“We are so proud that our Archive of American Television has been able to capture hundreds of intimate stories and amazing anecdotes told by the legends of broadcasting,” said Norma Provencio Pichardo, Executive Director of the Television Academy Foundation. “We are equally proud to be recognized, for the second year in a row, for presenting that enormous amount of content in a comprehensive, user-friendly way.”

The Archive of American Television, housed online at EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG, is the Television Academy Foundation’s expanding collection of more than 700 in-depth interviews with television’s greatest legends across all professions. The site, which launched in late-2009, hosts over 2,000 hours of the Archive’s video interviews and supports the Foundation’s mission of preserving and celebrating the medium of television, and educating those who will impact its future.

The Archive’s online site continues to evolve. “We’ve just launched a larger video player, enhanced comment and sharing features, and we’ve upgraded iPad and mobile functionality,” said Karen L. Herman, Director of the Archive of American Television. “Our visitors always find something of interest as we continually add new interviews to both the collection and the site.”

The Interactive Media Awards were created by Interactive Media Council, Inc. (IMC), a team comprising today’s most incomparable web-related experts, including those in the programming, designing, developing and advertising fields. In 2006, the organization started the awards competition as a means of helping prestigious sites expand their services and thrive. For more information about Interactive Media Awards visit www.interactivemediaawards.com.

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January 26, 2011

 

THE TELEVISION ACADEMY FOUNDATION’S ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION TO RECEIVE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, EAST BURKEY AWARD

NEW YORK CITY – The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) Evelyn F. Burkey Award. The Burkey award recognizes contributions that have brought honor and dignity to writers everywhere. The award will be presented to Foundation Executive Director Norma Provencio Pichardo and Archive Director Karen L. Herman at the 63rd annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City.

The Archive of American Television is the Television Academy Foundation’s continuing collection of more than 600 in-depth video interviews with some of television’s most influential professionals in all fields. The Archive’s online site at EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG, which makes available over 2,000 hours of the Archive’s video interviews, was launched in 2009 to support the Foundation’s mission of preserving and celebrating the medium of television, and educating those who will impact its future.

“The Archive of American Television is the collective memory of those who were present at the creation of the medium and the many giants who through the decades have brought to TV their creativity, skill and imagination. High among them are the great writers of entertainment and news who have been essential to television's success from the Golden Age right up to the present, and so we are pleased to present the Archive with this year's Burkey Award,” said Michael Winship, president of the Writers Guild of America, East.

“We’re so proud that writers have seen the value of the Archive of American Television’s collection. Everything on TV starts with a writer, and it was a conscious effort on behalf of the Foundation to chronicle their lives and stories and insights,” said Karen L. Herman, director, Archive of American Television. “We’re honored that the Guild has chosen to recognize our work.”

The Evelyn F. Burkey Award was established in 1978 to honor Burkey, who dedicated her professional life to supporting and helping writers. Burkey helped create the Writers Guild of America, East in 1953 as the union of film, television and radio writers, independent of precursor organizations. She was the WGAE’s executive director until her retirement in 1972. The Burkey Award continues her mission by recognizing a person or an organization whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers everywhere. Past recipients include: 2010 honoree Edward Albee, Walter Bernstein, Martin Scorsese, Colin Callender, Vaclav Havel, Sidney Lumet, Arthur Miller, Art Buchwald, Horton Foote, and Andy Rooney.

The 63rd annual Writers Guild Awards will take place on Saturday, February 5, 2011 in New York City at the AXA Equitable Center and simultaneously in Los Angeles at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom. For more information or to purchase tickets to the New York City awards ceremony, call 212-767-7812 or visit the WGAE website at www.wgaeast.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The WGAE conducts programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers. In addition, it represents writers’ interests on the legislative level. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org

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October 22, 2010 EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG picked as Booklist Online's Points of Reference Blog Site of the Week.See the post here: http://pointsofreference.booklistonline.com/2010/10/22/web-site-of-the-week-emmytvlegends-org/

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The TV Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television website EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG has won an Outstanding Achievement in Website Development Award from the Interactive Media Council's 2010 Interactive Media Awards!

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.,August 12/ The Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television website EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG has won an Outstanding Achievement in Website Development Award from the Interactive Media Council's 2010 Interactive Media Awards.  The honor, granted by the Interactive Media Awards, recognizes that the site met and surpassed the standards of excellence that comprise the web's most professional work.

The judging consisted of various criteria, including design, usability, innovation in technical features, standards compliance and content. In order to win this award level, the site had to meet strict guidelines in each area - an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year. To view the online award, visit: http://www.interactivemediaawards.com/winners/certificate.asp?param=75886&cat=1 About the Interactive Media Awards The Interactive Media Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in website design and development and honor individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement. Sponsored by the Interactive Media Council, Inc., a nonprofit organization of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals, the competition seeks to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet. For more information visit http://www.interactivemediaawards.com.

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Announces Archive of American Television Interview 'Class of 2010'

Interviewees Include: Chuck Barris, Chris Carter, Dan Castellaneta, Richard Chamberlain, Katie Couric, Linda Ellerbee, Bob Eubanks, Gwen Ifill, Larry King, Patrick Stewart, Bob Vila, Matthew Weiner, and Many More

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, the charitable arm of the Television Academy, has begun production on the first group of interviews with the "Class of 2010" inductees to the Archive of American Television. Every year, the Archive's selection committee chooses individuals who have made significant contributions to television history for inclusion in the Archive. The resulting interviews become part of the one-of-a-kind collection of revealing conversations with the figures that have shaped television from its inception to present day. The first group of the 2010 interview class includes:

Janet Ashikaga, Editor

Gwen Ifill, Journalist

 

Chuck Barris, Producer/Host

Larry King, Host

 

Peter Bonerz, Actor/Director

Susan Lacy, Producer

 

Pat Boone, Host/Performer

David Lee, Producer/Director/Show Creator

 

Chris Carter, Writer/Show Creator

Nancy Malone,

 

Dan Castellaneta, Voice Actor

Producer/Director/Executive

 

Katie Couric, News Anchor

Loring Mandel, Writer

 

Richard Chamberlain, Actor

Peter Marshall, Host

 

Bill Conti, Composer/Conductor

Alan & Susan Raymond, Documentarians

 

Michael Fuchs, Executive

Richard Schiff, Actor

 

Linda Ellerbee, Journalist

Sidney Sheinberg, Executive

 

Garvin Eddy, Production Designer

Patrick Stewart, Actor

 

Stephanie Edwards, Journalist

Bob Vila, Host

 

Bob Eubanks, Host

Demond Wilson, Actor

 

Jeffrey Hayden, Director

Matthew Weiner, Writer/Show Creator

 

Winnie Holzman, Writer/Show Creator

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Host

 

James Hong, Actor

Inductees to the Archive are selected via digital ballot by a committee of television professionals, academics, and former interviewees who strive to keep the breadth of interviews in the Archive representative of the various professions involved in the creation of television content.

"The selection committee has a monumental task of winnowing down and balancing the list each year," said Karen Herman, Director of the Archive. "We cover not only every profession within television, but also all of its genres. Fortunately, we now have a website that showcases the breadth of these legends' accomplishments."

Last year, the Archive launched online with EmmyTVLegends.org which offers an easy way to search and navigate the hundreds of interviews in this one-of-a-kind collection. Interviews are candid, surprising, heartfelt and hilarious. New interviews with television greats have recently been added to the site including performers Tony Geary, Genie Francis, Larry Hagman, and Patricia Heaton; television personalities Judge Judy, Mary Tyler Moore, and Larry King; producers Tom Fontana, Gary David Goldberg, Glen A. Larson, and legendary comic book writer Stan Lee. To see all of these interviews, visit http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people.

Archive interviews on EmmyTVLegends.org are meticulously indexed and tagged, edited into segments, summarized and cross-referenced to ease navigation and encourage discovery. Advanced search functionality enables researchers to find exactly what they are looking for, while suggested content links help curious users get the most out of the collection. Each entry features background information and links to additional resources, including complete episodes of select series. All content on the site is easily shared across popular social media sites.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is dedicated to utilizing the resources of the Television Academy and the artistry of television to preserve and celebrate the history of the medium, while educating and guiding those who will shape its future. The Foundation is responsible for the Archive of American Television, as well as education programs such as the College Television Awards and its renowned student internship program. For more information on the Foundation, the Television Academy and its many industry-related programs, services and year-round Academy events, please visit EmmysFoundation.org.

SOURCE Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation

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THE ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES FOUNDATION UNVEILS VANESSA WILLIAMS PSA FOR EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Los Angeles, CA, January 19, 2010 – A public service announcement on behalf of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Archive of American Television debuted today on EmmyTVLegends.org, the destination for free, public access to the most comprehensive videotaped interview collection of its kind.  The PSA is hosted by Vanessa Williams, who introduces viewers to the Archive’s unprecedented catalog of interviews with television industry greats.

“What the Academy Foundation has done with EmmyTVLegends.org is amazing,” said Williams. “I am proud to help spread the word about this incredible resource for TV fans worldwide.”

EmmyTVLegends.org, the online home of the Archive of American Television, features revealing conversations with more than 600 influential figures that have shaped the television industry from its inception to present day, and includes little-known anecdotes, unique perspectives, and eyewitness accounts from top names in TV.   The interviews can be watched in their entirety, or browsed by person, show, topic or profession.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is dedicated to utilizing the resources of the Television Academy and the artistry of television to preserve and celebrate the history of the medium, while educating and guiding those who will shape its future. The Foundation is responsible for the Archive of American Television, as well as education programs such as the College Television Awards and its renowned student internship program.  For more information on the Foundation, the Television Academy and its many industry-related programs, services and year-round Academy events, please visit EmmysFoundation.org.

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ARCHIVE NEWS:

Press release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW WEB PORTAL SHOWCASING TELEVISION’S GREATEST STORIES AT HTTP://EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Free Web Video Portal is Ready for Prime Time with Not-to-be-Missed Moments with More Than 600 TV Legends
Including Alan Alda, Walter Cronkite, Michael J. Fox, Ron Howard, Leonard Nimoy, Regis Philbin, Tim Russert, Barbara Walters, Betty White and Henry Winkler

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 14, 2009 – The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation has launched EmmyTVLegends.org, a new web video portal offering free, public access to the Archive of American Television, the most comprehensive videotaped interview collection of its kind.  It features revealing conversations with more than 600 influential figures that have shaped the television industry from its inception to present day, and includes little-known anecdotes, unique perspectives, and eyewitness accounts from top names in TV.

This ambitious, new website has been more than a decade in the making.  Since 1996, the Archive has conducted in-depth interviews with television’s biggest stars, industry legends, and crucial behind-the-scenes players who make television magic.  In 2005, the Archive began to release the interviews online to the public, but until now there was no easy way to search and navigate the footage. 

At launch, visitors to the beta site at EmmyTVLegends.org will find an abundance of video footage that will delight any TV fan.  Candid, surprising, heartfelt and hilarious stories are now instantly and easily accessible to anyone online.  Visitors can now enjoy such footage as:

•    TV legend Mary Tyler Moore recalling what her comedic hero, Lucille Ball, told her one day on the set of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and why it was the most rewarding moment of her career (Mary Tyler Moore, 1997)
•    Phylicia Rashad revealing that Nelson Mandela credits “The Cosby Show” for easing tensions with his prison guard (Phylicia Rashad, 2007)
•    Recently departed news legend Walter Cronkite relating the difficulty of deciding to publicly and personally express his disillusionment about the Vietnam War on his newscast (Walter Cronkite, 1998)
•    Current Emmy® Award nominees such as Betty White, Alan Alda, William Shatner and others speaking at unprecedented length about their careers in television

“We always envisioned the Archive of American Television as a free, dynamic, and accessible resource for anyone who loves the medium of television,” said Television Academy Foundation Chairman Jerry Petry.  “EmmyTVLegends.org is a fascinating destination, serving up great stories and career reminiscences about your favorite television stars and programs, as well as all the drama, comedy, and twists of fate that created this medium and continue to shape it today.”

Interviews on the site have been meticulously indexed and tagged, edited into segments, summarized and cross-referenced to ease navigation and encourage discovery.  The portal’s advanced search functionality enables researchers to find exactly what they are looking for, while suggested content links help curious users get the most out of the collection.  Each entry features background information and links to additional resources, including complete episodes of select series.  All content on the site is easily shared across popular social media sites.  The portal is complemented by the Foundation’s existing social media platforms including a blog, Twitter and Facebook.

“Television has produced some of the most talented people in this country, and it’s about time that the TV industry had its own archive,” said multiple Emmy Award winner and Archive interviewee Regis Philbin.
EmmyTVLegends.org launches today in beta with more than 100 interviews, including Alan Alda, Steven Bochco, Ed Bradley, “I Love Lucy” writers Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh Davis, set designer Roy Christopher, Walter Cronkite, Sam Donaldson, Michael J. Fox, Larry Gelbart, Sharon Gless, Sherman Hemsley, Ron Howard, Norman Lear, fashion designer Bob Mackie, “Sesame Street’s” Sonia Manzano, Leonard Nimoy, Carroll O’Connor, Regis Philbin, Phylicia Rashad, Tim Russert, producer Jay Sandrich, television executive and producer Fred Silverman, Lesley Stahl, Jean Stapleton, Barbara Walters, and Henry Winkler. 

Earlier this year, the Academy Foundation selected Mochila, a premium content syndication technology platform and network, to design the Archive as an accessible web portal.  Mochila provided all website design and custom development that allows users to view the thousands of hours of content in short- and long-form segments.

 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation
Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is dedicated to utilizing the resources of the Television Academy and the artistry of television to preserve and celebrate the history of the medium, while educating and guiding those who will shape its future. The Foundation is responsible for the Archive of American Television, as well as education programs such as the College Television Awards and its renowned student internship program.  For more information on the Foundation, the Television Academy and its many industry-related programs, services and year-round Academy events, please visit EmmysFoundation.org.

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Press Highlights

Variety
July 31, 2010
Days of Our Archives

By DIANE GARRETT

USA Today Lifeline
September 18, 2009
TV Academy Foundation launches Emmy legend site

TV Guide Magazine
September 18, 2009
Web Hot List

TV Worth Watching
September 17, 2009
Repackaged Website Provides User-Friendly Access to Priceless Interviews
By TOM BRINKMOELLER

Associated Press
September 16, 2009
TV's stars, creators tell their stories online
By LYNN ELBER (AP)

The New York Times
September 14, 2009
Interviews With Legends of Television Hit the Web
By BRIAN STELTER

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