While most of us probably tuned in to Academy Awards a few weeks ago, I’m guessing that, unless you happen to live in Los Angeles and know someone who knows someone, you probably didn’t get a chance to either watch or attend the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame the other night.
Few fans even know something like this even exists, but I think it’s important to at least talk about the accomplishments of the leaders in the entertainment space who happened to land themselves in the Hall.
That’s why you should keep reading to see some of the big names who are part of quite the exclusive company now.
5. David E. Kelley
A writer and producer, David E. Kelley might just be someone who each of you should personally thank for conjuring up a show that you just happened to get addicted to.
With credits like Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, and The Crazy Ones, as well as a few films, Kelley has earned himself 10 Emmy Awards in the past 25 years of his career, and one of few writers to have created a show for all four major networks.
4. Ray Dolby
Sadly, Ray Dolby passed away in September of last year, so the founder of Dolby Laboratories—the premiere company for all things sound in TV and film—had to accept his honor posthumously.
Still, that doesn’t discount the progressive work the man did while he was alive, best-known as the creator of Dolby NR and actually developing the video tape recorder.
For anyone who needs more proof about how successful Dolby was, just know that he was worth $2.4 billion when he died, meaning he left quite the impact on the industry.
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
It’s hard to believe that Elaine Benes from the popular show Seinfeld is actually 53 years old—though she looks better than most girls half her age—as well as celebrating a career that has been going on for nearly 30 years!
Julia Louis-Dreyfus might have scored her most popular role on the aforementioned show about nothing, but she has proven to be a power in the business even afterwards, landing herself three Emmy Awards and one SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards each for other shows she has starred on.
2. Jay Leno
The longtime host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno—spanning 22 seasons—Jay Leno was the face (and chin) of late-night TV for a long, long time.
Recently replaced on the Tonight Show by former SNL cast member Jimmy Fallon to help appeal to a younger audience, Leno’s final monologue proved why he was the best at what he did, appreciating every opportunity he was given and thanking the staff who worked so hard for him over the years.
Sure, he was an easy target—especially for NBC—but his induction into the Hall of Fame was well-deserved.
1. Rupert Murdoch
One of the most successful men in media, Rupert Murdoch has helped change the landscape of news and TV for the past 50 years, not only founding News Corporation, but also helping guide the programming for a ton of popular TV shows on Fox.
As he was presented to the audience, Rupert was praised for never taking a day off even after reaching “the top,” continuing to challenge creativity and ideas to make something work.
Murdoch has swung and missed at times, but his successes outweigh those failures, which is why he can call himself a Hall of Famer now.
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