Magazine article Variety

Org Showers Honors on Top Execs and Big Talent

Magazine article Variety

Org Showers Honors on Top Execs and Big Talent

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Alan and Marilyn Bergman

SPECIAL AWARD OF MERIT

SOUNDTRACKS FOR THE AGES

With such instantly recognizable and timeless songs as "The Windmills of Your Mind," "Nice 'n' Easy," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "The Way We Were," lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman created a soundtrack for generations of music lovers - and one that's spanned over five decades. They've collaborated with such varied icons of the music business as Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Sting, Michael Jackson, Johnny Mandel, Michel Legrand, John Williams, Quincy Jones, James Newton Howard, Cy Coleman, Henry Mancini and Marvin Hamlisch.

The Bergmans have also been nominated for 16 Academy Awards for song (and won three), and worked on dozens of movies and TV series, including "In the Heat of the Night," "The Thomas Crown Affair," "Tootsie," "Maude" and "Good Times." Not bad for a couple (they married in 1958) who coincidentally were both born in the same Brooklyn hospital, grew up near each other, but who only met after they each moved to L.A. (Alan was encouraged to do so by Johnny Mercer) and were introduced by composer Lew Spence. It was Spence who kick-started their careers when they wrote the title track lyrics for Dean Martin's "Sleep Warm" and Sinatra's "Nice 'n' Easy" albums.

John Landgraf

TELEVISION SHOWMAN OF THE YEAR

MELDING QUALITY AND RATINGS

While he follows in the footsteps of such past iconic recipients as Jerry Bruckheimer, Leslie Moonves, Fred Silverman, Aaron Spelling and Norman Lear, Landgraf essentially represents a new breed - both in terms of his company's business model and its rapidly increasing PR profile and leverage. The executive, who joined FX as president of entertainment in 2004 and rose to president and general manager in 2005, was named CEO in 2013. Landgraf oversees all aspects of entertainment and business operations for FX Networks, including FX, FXM, FXX, FX Productions (FXP) and the digital video-on-demand platform, FXNOW. Under his leadership, the company has risen to all-time highs in ratings, revenue and critical acclaim.

The exec got his start at Sarabande Productions and then moved to NBC where, as VP of primetime, he oversaw the development of "The West Wing" and a slate that included such megahits as "Friends." Under his watch at FX, the channel has produced an acclaimed, edgy programming that includes "The Americans," "Louie," "The Shield," "Sons of Anarchy," "American Horror Story," "Damages," "Nip/Tuck" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. …

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