LEWISBURG, Pa. — Leslie Moonves, Bucknell Class of 1971, was honored for outstanding contributions to the television industry at The Museum of Television & Radio's annual gala in Los Angeles Monday night.
Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp., shared the evening's honors with award-winning producer Jerry Bruckheimer who was recognized for his prolific achievements in television.
In announcing the names of this year's honorees, Pat Mitchell, president of The Museum of Television & Radio, said, "Leslie (Moonves) is one of the most respected executives in the entertainment business. His success speaks to his personal integrity, innovative thinking, and business acumen."
The CBS executive oversees all operations of the company, including the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS Television Stations, CBS Paramount Television, King World, Showtime, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, Simon & Schuster, CBS Digital Media, CSTV Networks Inc., and CBS Consumer Products. || Official CBS biography
Held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CBS news anchor Katie Couric served as emcee.
The gala had another Bucknell connection.
Scott Singer '87, a member of the museum's board of governors, served as vice chair of the gala committee. Singer's guests were Bucknell President Brian C. and Mrs. Maryjane Mitchell.
Past gala honorees include Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Steven Bochco, David Brinkley, Tom Brokaw, Carol Burnett, James Burrows, Sid Caesar, Marcy Carsey, Peter Chernin, David Crane, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Merv Griffin, Marta Kauffman, David E. Kelley, Mary Tyler Moore, Jack Paar, Dan Rather, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Martin Sheen, Barbara Walters, John Wells, and Dick Wolf.
The museum, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, was founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its collection of more than 120,000 programs and advertisements that cover more than 85 years of broadcast history.
Posted Nov. 1, 2006