NATPE to honor Herzog, Turner Laing

Doug Herzog (pictured, left), president of the Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, and Sophie Turner Laing, head of Endemol Shine Group (right), are to receive the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at the Miami-based conference.
October 27, 2015

Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog (pictured, left) and Endemol Shine Group CEO Sophie Turner Laing (right) are among the recipients of NATPE’s 13th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award.

Herzog boarded MTV in 1984 where he helped launch a number of popular series including The Real World, Unplugged and Road Rules, as well as the network’s award show staples, MTV Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards. In addition to Comedy Central and Spike, Herzog’s network portfolio grew to include MTV, VH1 and Logo following a merger earlier this year of Viacom’s Music and Entertainment Groups.

Turner Laing was appointed head of Endemol Shine Group last December. She previously held senior positions at UK pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB – most notably serving as MD of content – where she helped in forging Sky’s partnership with HBO, leading to the launch of Sky Atlantic. She also led Sky’s commitment to increased investment in original British programming.

Additional honorees for the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award include Family Feud host, comedian and TV personality Steve Harvey; Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musician, TV producer and film producer Quincy Jones; and The Jeffersons producer Norman Lear.

The award recognizes a group of television professionals exhibiting “extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming.”

The ceremony will take place during the annual NATPE Miami Market and Conference on January 20 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach. The forthcoming edition of NATPE/Content First takes place from January 19 to 21 in Miami.

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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.