Turner extends AFI deal thru 2018
Monday, May 18, 2015
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
1994 Jack Nicholson
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.
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.
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