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ATAS TO INSTALL BILL COSBY, ANDY GRIFFITH, TED KOPPEL, SHELDON LEONARD, DINAH SHORE, AND R.E. (TED) TURNER INTO ITS HALL OF FAME

 ATAS TO INSTALL BILL COSBY, ANDY GRIFFITH, TED KOPPEL, SHELDON


LEONARD, DINAH SHORE, AND R.E. (TED) TURNER INTO ITS HALL OF FAME

Black-Tie Ceremonies Conducted at Walt Disney World Resort on Oct. 3;
 Hosts to be Ed McMahon and Betty White
 NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- At a gala, black-tie ceremony and entertainment tribute at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., before 500 celebrities, industry executives, friends and international media, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) on Saturday, Oct. 3, will install six additional television legends into its Television Academy Hall of Fame.
 They will be Bill Cosby, Andy Griffith, Ted Koppel, producer- director-actor Sheldon Leonard, Dinah Shore and R.E. (Ted) Turner. The six, all confirmed to be present for the ceremony in Orlando, will represent the 51st through 56th inductees since formation of the Academy's Hall of Fame in 1984 (previous inductees listed below). Hosts of the induction ceremonies, to be conducted in the Grand Ballroom of Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center, will be Ed McMahon and Betty White.
 Presenters will be Phylicia Rashad for Cosby; Don Knotts, George Lindsey and Fred Silverman for Griffith; Hall of Fame inductee Roone Arledge and Drew Koppel (son) for Ted Koppel, Cosby for Leonard, Angie Dickinson for Shore and Hank Aaron, Larry King and Scott Sassa (president, Turner Entertainment Group) for Turner. Other past Hall of Fame inductees confirmed to be present for the ceremonies are Leonard Goldenson, Don Hewitt, Frank Stanton, Mike Wallace and David Wolper.
 Prior to the Hall of Fame installation, some of the attending celebrities along with Academy President Leo Chaloukian and Disney officials will participate in a dedication ceremony for a new east coast home within the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park of the Television Academy Hall of Fame Plaza. Also participating in the ground- breaking will be Edgar J. Scherick, a member of the Academy's Executive Committee and chairman of ATAS' Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Chaloukian and Scherick will also appear during the installation program.
 The new plaza, to be completed next year, will be similar in replication and concept to the existing home of the 17-month-old Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood, that exhibits -- around a 27-foot Emmy Award statue -- bronze sculptures of such Hall of Fame television legends as Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, Milton Berle, Lucille Ball, Sid Caesar, Carol Burnett, Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Mary Tyler Moore and others.
 The Oct. 3 ceremony and tribute is being produced for the Academy by Disney with Walt Disney Attractions Senior Show Director of Entertainment Gary Paban serving as producer.
 Hall of Fame ceremonies in future years for other inductees may also be conducted in a similar manner to those planned for today in Orlando. It is also expected that future ceremonies will be nationally televised specials. All seven previous Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held in Los Angeles, the first three televised as specials on NBC, the second three on Fox. Last year's induction ceremony, held at the Regent Beverly-Wilshire Hotel, was not televised.
 The agreement between ATAS and Disney contains options that may allow Disney to be involved in numerous other future ATAS-approved Hall of Fame and Academy-related events and induction ceremonies at its Orlando Studios. Disney may elect to install another Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza in Euro-Disney near Paris once it constructs Disney/MGM Studios there. The relationship could extend further to such other ATAS/Disney-sponsored events as celebrity golf and tennis tournaments in Orlando.
 Said Chaloukian: "The Television Academy is most appreciative to the Disney organization for producing this year's Hall of Fame ceremony and show and for hosting the many invited guests who will witness it. By involving ourselves with the Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando and possibly beyond, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is internationalizing its Hall of Fame for millions of people across the world to learn more about the legendary stars, talents and shows that have built our television history."
 Said Disney-MGM Studios Vice President Bruce Laval: "We are elated that ATAS has chosen Disney-MGM Studios as the second location for this wonderful tribute to television and its great artists. This represents a great opportunity to further promote awareness of the contributions and creative genius of the men and women in the TV industry."
 Candidates for Hall of Fame induction are first voted on by the Academy's Board of Governors with final determinations made by a vote of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee that made the following observations about reasons for selecting the latest group of inductees:
 Bill Cosby, for being one of the dominating television talents of the 1980s and for his earlier contributions to television in the '60s and '70s. The strength of Cosby's appeal is acknowledged to be one of the major reasons for the audience leadership enjoyed by NBC-TV during the '80s. Whether through concert appearances or recordings, television, books or films, commercials or education, Cosby has firmly demonstrated through a 26-year career the ability to touch people's lives, including the lives of children. As a humorist he has been linked with such greats as Charlie Chaplin, Will Rogers, W.C. Fields and Groucho Marx. His triumphs on television range from the "I Spy" series (1965-66), two "Bill Cosby Shows" (1969-73) to the most recent "The Cosby Show" family situation comedy series that debuted in 1984. While he no longer permits his name to be entered into Emmy Award competitions, he is the winner of four Emmys, three for the "I Spy" series and a fourth for a "Cosby" variety special.
 Andy Griffith, for being a major shining comedy and dramatic talent on television for 32 years, starting with "The Andy Griffith Show" on CBS-TV in 1960 to the current successful "Matlock" dramatic series. His prolific career includes outstanding work as a standup comedian, starring memorable performances on Broadway in "No Time for Sergeants" and "Destry Rides Again" and in such motion pictures as "A Face in the Crowd" and "Onionhead." Through the years he has been a recurring headline talent on top variety shows and as a major star on various mini-series, including "Washington Behind Closed Doors."
 Ted Koppel, for 28 years with ABC News including 12 as anchorman, interviewer and editorial manager of the highly popular "Nightline." He is the recipient of 18 Emmys, three George Foster Peabody Awards, eight duPont-Columbia Awards, seven Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards, two Ohio State Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards. He has honorary degrees from 14 major universities, including Dartmouth, Georgetown School of Law, Duke, University of Pennsylvania and Syracuse. He has had a major reporting role in every presidential nominating convention -- a total of 14 -- since 1964.
 Sheldon Leonard, for nearly 50 years of contributing his many talents to television as an actor, director, writer and producer. He has been one of the major creative executive producers and (sometimes) director responsible for the success of five classic television series: "The Danny Thomas Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Gomer Pyle" and "I Spy." In the late 1930s and through the '40s Leonard was a character actor in more than 140 television and theatrical films usually cast as a gangster. Earlier in his career he performed on Broadway and worked as a radio writer for Jack Benny, Phil Harris, Bob Hope, Dennis Day and Judy Canova. Leonard is the winner of three Emmy Awards.
 Dinah Shore, for headlining with gracious charm the musical- variety format through "The Dinah Shore Show" and then "The Dinah Shore Chevy Show" from 1951 through '63, first as 15-minute segments then as specials and finally as an hour-long series. In addition, Dinah helped further afternoon talk-show programming in the '70s by serving as hostess of the highly popular "Dinah's Place" for 10 years. Her early career found her a singing GI favorite during World War II and guesting occasionally on such variety shows as "The Ed Wynn Show." She is the winner of six Emmy Awards.
 R.E. Turner, chairman of the board and president of Turner Broadcasting System, for being one of television's premiere visionaries and for founding Cable News Network, the first global television news network. Selected as Time magazine's "1991 Man of the Year" and voted the Television Academy's coveted Governors' Award (presented to him Aug. 30), Turner has been a primary force for advancing cable television into the formidable medium it is today. Through his vast CNN, Turner has brought instantaneous news information to viewers across the world. Turner has built TBS to be the leading supplier of entertainment and news programming for the basic-cable television industry through Turner Broadcasting's additional ownership of Headline News, TBS SuperStation, Turner Network Television (TNT) and the soon-to-be-launched Cartoon Network. In 1980, he inaugurated CNN, the world's first live, in-depth, round- the-clock all-news television network. In 1985, he conceived and helped organize the quadrennial Goodwill Games, held alternately in Russia and in the United States. And in 1986, he acquired the vast MGM feature-film library primarily to provide programming for his various cable networks. In Dec. 1991, TBS also acquired Hanna- Barbera and has announced plans to launch a 24-hour all-animated cable network in October. Turner is the winner of two Emmy Awards.
 Each Hall of Fame inductee will receive the Television Academy's Hall of Fame award that recreates a translucent television screen out of crystal glass.
 Previous inductees into the Academy's Hall of Fame during the past seven years are Steve Allen, Arledge, Desi Arnaz, Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Benny, Berle, Leonard Bernstein, Burnett, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Caesar, Carson, Paddy Chayefsky, Fred Coe, Perry Como, Joan Ganz Cooney, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, James Garner, Gleason, Goldenson, Joyce C. Hall, Jim Henson and Don Hewitt.
 Also, Hope, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, Norman Lear, Ernie Kovacs, Mary Tyler Moore, Edward R. Murrow, William S. Paley, David Sarnoff, Rod Serling, Eric Sevareid, Red Skelton, Frank Stanton, Ed Sullivan, David Susskind, Danny Thomas, Burr Tillstrom, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, Lew R. Wasserman, Sylvester L. ("Pat") Weaver, David Wolper and the original classic "I Love Lucy" television series.
 Serving on this year's Hall of Fame Selection Committee, in addition to Scherick, are Garth Ancier, David Gerber, Leslie Moonves and Grant Tinker. ATAS Governor George Sunga (producers branch) serves as chair of the Hall of Fame Show Committee and vice chair of its selection committee.
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