NATPE to honor Jon Murray, Ted Sarandos

The chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions (pictured at his 2011 Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame induction) and the chief content officer of Netflix will be two of six individuals to receive the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the Miami-based confab in January.
October 7, 2014

Jonathan Murray, chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions (pictured), and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos will be two of six recipients of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, to be presented during the NATPE/Content First conference in Miami on January 21.

Murray, widely credited to be the inventor of the modern reality television genre and co-creator of the long-running MTV series The Real World, has previously been inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame in 2011. Bunim/Murray is also behind such reality hits as the Keeping Up With the Kardashians franchise and Project Runway.

Sarandos has led content acquisition for on-demand subscription service Netflix since 2000, and most recently made headlines by announcing two major deals putting the service even more firmly in the arena of content creation and distribution: a partnership with IMAX to release a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and a deal that has Adam Sandler signed on to produce and star in four movies for the company, which will debut exclusively on Netflix.

Other honorees for the upcoming edition of the awards presentation, named after television programmer Brandon Tartikoff, include former Tonight Show host Jay Leno; Entertainment Tonight exec producer Linda Bell Blue; and Gustavo A. Cisneros and daughter Adriana Cisneros, chairman and CEO/vice chairman of Cisneros, respectively.

The awards will be presented by comedian and late-night chat show host Craig Ferguson at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach on January 21. The upcoming edition of NATPE/Content First takes place from January 20-22.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.