Fame and anything Disney often go hand in hand–sometimes seemingly effortlessly, so it may come as no surprise that an executive of the Disney empire has received accolades enough to be nominated for induction inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame.
Disney CEO Bob Iger has been selected–among several other celebrities–for induction into the Hall of Fame. The selection committee makes its determinations based on a potential inductee’s contributions to the arts, sciences and/or management of television over a lifetime career. Some are chosen for their singular achievements that have furthered the arts, sciences and management of television.
“These executives have been pioneers and innovators in so many aspects of television,” said Frank Scherma, Chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “They have had a profound impact on their art and on our culture. It’s an honor to welcome this distinguished group of individuals into the Hall of Fame and to acknowledge their remarkable contributions which continue to shape our industry.”
Part of Iger’s contributions includes overseeing multiple acquisitions. Under his administration, The Walt Disney Company has seen immense growth following the acquisition of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and most recently, 21st Century Fox.
The current Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company has also overseen Disney’s direct-to-consumer strategy that transformed most of Disney’s films, shorts, television episodes and more into streamable content that is available across the all-new Disney+ platform, as well as ESPN+, Hulu, and Hotstar.
Iger is in good company. His fellow inductees in the 25th Television Academy Hall of Fame include actors Cicely Tyson and Seth MacFarlane, as well as Geraldine Laybourne and Jay Sandrich.
“These exceptional individuals have been major forces in television’s evolution,” said Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman. “It is our pleasure to honor them and celebrate their influence and impact on the growth of our industry across six decades of unprecedented change.”
The 2020 class of Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center on January 28.
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