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THE HOLLYWOOD RADIO AND TELEVISION SOCIETY
PRESENTS NEWSMAKER LUNCHEON: THE HITMAKERS
Panelists Include Carter Bays, Steven Levitan, Ryan Murphy,
Craig Thomas and Matthew Weiner
Peter Tolan to Moderate
LOS ANGELES, CA, Dec. 8, 2009 – The Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) will present "The Hitmakers," a gathering of some of the hottest creators and producers in television on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel (2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA), it was announced today by Kevin Beggs, president, HRTS.
Taking part in the panel are Carter Bays (How I Met Your Mother), Steven Levitan (Modern Family), Ryan Murphy (Glee, Nip/Tuck), Craig Thomas (How I Met Your Mother) and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men). Peter Tolan (Rescue Me), who moderated the 2008 Hitmakers Luncheon, will moderate once again.
"We are extremely fortunate to have some of the most innovative and influential creators and producers in television assembled for our sixth installment of the Hitmakers Luncheon," said Beggs. "This will be a great opportunity for our members to gain valuable insight into the business and the driving forces of the industry."
Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are the co-creators, writers, and executive producers of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The show has earned four Primetime Emmy® Awards and five nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The show has also garnered multiple award show nominations including a Golden Globe, three People’s Choice Awards, and three Teen Choice Awards. Prior to the creation of How I Met Your Mother, both wrote for a number of television shows including Quintuplets, Oliver Beene and Late Show with David Letterman, where each earned a total of five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program from the years 2000-2002, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Program in 1998 and 1999. They are both members of the band The Solids, which performed the theme songs for both Oliver Beene and How I Met Your Mother.
Steven Levitan is the writer and producer of ABC’s hit comedy series Modern Family, which premiered this fall season. As executive producer, Levitan won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1996 for Frasier in the Outstanding Comedy Series category. He was also nominated in that same year for Outstanding Writing in Comedy Series for The Larry Sanders Show. He was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series category for Just Shoot Me! and earned two more nominations as executive producer. Levitan won the Humanitas Prize (for writers whose work best communicates and encourages human values) in 1996 for the Frasier episode titled "Breaking the Ice." He has also won a CableACE Award and a Writers Guild nomination for The Larry Sanders Show; garnered a Producers Guild Award and a Television Critics Association Award for Frasier; a People’s Choice Award for Stark Raving Mad; and a Golden Globe nomination for Just Shoot Me!.
Ryan Murphy is the co-creator, director and executive producer of FOX’s critically acclaimed fall freshman comedy Glee and creator and executive producer of FX’s drama series, Nip/Tuck, which earned a Golden Globe in 2005 for Best Television Series – Drama and his first ever Emmy Award nomination in 2004 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. He started his career in television in 1999 with Warner Bros. teen comedy series Popular. In 2006, Murphy wrote the screenplay for and directed the feature film Running with Scissors, based on the memoir by Augusten Burroughs. His next project as director will be the film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Starring Julia Roberts and produced by Brad Pitt, the film is currently in production.
Matthew Weiner is the creator and executive producer of the television series Mad Men about the advertising world in the 1960s, which has won nine Emmys and three Golden Globe Awards. Weiner also earned two Writers Guild Awards and a PGA Golden Laurel Award for his work on the drama. Previously, he was an executive producer and writer for The Sopranos, for which he won two Emmys, a Writers Guild Award and two PGA Golden Laurel Awards. His other producing credits include Becker and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. He wrote and directed the film What Do You Do All Day?.
HRTS Newsmaker Luncheon: The Hitmakers is co-chaired by Adam Berkowitz, Aaron Kaplan, Eric Tannenbaum and Sarah Timberman. VIP Reception opens at 11:30 a.m.; lunch and panel at 12:00 p.m. Tickets: HRTS Individual Member: $105/member; Table of 10: $1,050. For reservations or information on non-member tickets, please call (818)789-1182 or visit www.HRTS.org, which will also stream the panel live.
The 2009-2010 HRTS Newsmaker Luncheon Season is sponsored in part by PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Lippin Group.
HRTS is the entertainment industry’s premier information and networking forum. Chartered since 1947, the HRTS gathers together leading industry executives and companies representing broadcast and cable networks, studios, talent and management agencies, producers, legal and financial firms, new media companies and more to address issues that are relevant to the ongoing success and future of the entertainment business. Current HRTS membership represents over 700 executives and 48 leading companies from across the entire industry landscape.
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