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Turner Broadcasting Extends Deal to Present AFI Life Achievement Award Through 2018

America's Highest Honor for a Career in Film to be Presented Next to Steve Martin June 4

TBS to Premiere AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin June 13, with Turner Classic Movies Encore Slated for July 30

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. has extended its deal to present the American Film Institute's annual AFI Life Achievement Award gala tribute. The Emmy®-winning television event, which this year will celebrate the career of actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician Steve Martin, will continue premiering on TNT or TBS through 2018, with encores each year on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM). This year's ceremony is set to take place in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 4, and will premiere Saturday, June 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with an encore at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Sister network TCM will present an encore of the special on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m. (ET) during a night of movies starring Martin.

The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees in 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees: "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time."

Most recently, the 42nd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute brought together the film community to honor Jane Fonda. AFI Life Achievement Award recipient Michael Douglas (2009) presented the award, while past honorees Robert De Niro (2003), Morgan Freeman (2011) and Meryl Streep (2004) paid tribute to Fonda and her diverse talent. Among Fonda's family, friends and collaborators who participated were Sandra Bullock, Cameron Diaz, Sally Field, Peter Fonda, Robert Redford and Lily Tomlin.

 

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients

Steve Martin joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception in 1973.

1973   John Ford
1974   James Cagney
1975   Orson Welles
1976   William Wyler
1977   Bette Davis
1978   Henry Fonda
1979   Alfred Hitchcock
1980   James Stewart
1981   Fred Astaire
1982   Frank Capra
1983   John Huston
1984   Lillian Gish
1985   Gene Kelly
1986   Billy Wilder
1987   Barbara Stanwyck
1988   Jack Lemmon
1989   Gregory Peck
1990   David Lean
1991   Kirk Douglas
1992   Sidney Poitier
1993   Elizabeth Taylor

1994   Jack Nicholson
1995   Steven Spielberg
1996   Clint Eastwood
1997   Martin Scorsese
1998   Robert Wise|
1999   Dustin Hoffman
2000   Harrison Ford
2001   Barbra Streisand
2002   Tom Hanks
2003   Robert De Niro
2004   Meryl Streep
2005   George Lucas
2006   Sean Connery
2007   Al Pacino
2008   Warren Beatty
2009   Michael Douglas
2010   Mike Nichols
2011   Morgan Freeman
2012   Shirley MacLaine
2013   Mel Brooks
2014   Jane Fonda

 

About the American Film Institute

AFI is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI FEST presented by Audi, AFI DOCS and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world-renowned AFI Conservatory.

Website: AFI.com
Twitter: twitter.com/AmericanFilm
Facebook: facebook.com/AmericanFilmInstitute
YouTube: youtube.com/AFI

 

About Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

 

Media Contacts

Turner Broadcasting
Eileen Quast

818.729.7353
Eileen.quast@turner.com

American Film Institute
Liza Ameen

323.856.7885
LAmeen@AFI.com