Magazine article Variety

Legendary Television Figures Honored by Their Peers in Miami

Magazine article Variety

Legendary Television Figures Honored by Their Peers in Miami

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BYRON ALLEN 1

The comedian-turned-TV host-turned entrepreneur has become one of the nation's most prominent African-American business leaders as the founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios. Starting out in his living room in 1993, Allen has parlayed a single syndicated series into a diversified firm that owns cable channels, notably the Weather Channel, production operations and a film distribution unit.

MARA BROCK AKIL 2

The prolific writer and showrunner has steered such notable series in recent years as OWN's "Love Is_," the CW's "Black Lightning," BET's "Being Mary Jane," CW/BET's "The Game," and UPN/CW's "Girlfriends." Brock Akil got her start as a writer on the critically praised Fox drama "South Central" in 1994 before segueing to such comedies as UPN's "Moesha" and WB Network's "The Jamie Foxx Show." Brock Akil has also emerged as an industry leader, serving on the board of the Writers Guild of America West.

BOB GREENBLATT 3

One of the most successful programming executives of the past 25 years, Greenblatt most recently steered the primetime revival of NBC during his seven-year tenure as NBC Entertainment chairman. Highlights of his tenure include sparking a revival of live musical theater events for television. As a producer, Greenblatt shepherded the acclaimed HBO drama "Six Feet Under" in between stints as a programming executive at Fox Broadcasting (1989-1997) and entertainment president at Showtime Networks (2003-2010).

RITA MORENO 4

The veteran trouper and triple threat who co-stars in Netflix's "One Day at a Time" is among the few industryites to have won Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony honors. …

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