November 27th, 2006 04:34 EST
2006 SAG Awards™ will be Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS, Sunday, Jan. 29
SAG Awards™ Executive Producer Jeff Margolis to Direct
13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Telecast
Los Angeles, California - Jeff Margolis, executive producer of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® since the fifth Actors® honors in 1999, will bring his Emmy® and DGA Award-winning directing talents to the Guild’s 13th Annual awards ceremony, producer Kathy Connell announced today. The only industry kudos selected entirely by actors' peers, the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast on Sunday, Jan. 28 on TNT and TBS at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT.
“Jeff and this year’s Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient Julie Andrews share a long history, dating back nearly thirty years,” remarked Connell, who has produced the SAG Awards™ since its inception. “Jeff will bring a knowing director’s eye and personal touch to this year’s SAG Awards™ and our tribute to Julie Andrews. As our production team has worked so wonderfully well together over the years, Jeff is certain to receive all the support he needs to take on both executive producing and directing responsibilities.”
Margolis’ association with Julie Andrews began in 1978 with her television special Julie Andrews: One Step into Spring, directed by Margolis and produced by SAG Awards™ writer Stephen Pouliot. Margolis and Andrews reunited in 1989, joined by Carol Burnett, for the television special Julie and Carol: Together Again. Margolis has shaped more than 100 of the entertainment industry's biggest events, headlined by its top stars, for which he has received many of the industry’s top honors. Margolis won two Directors Guild of America Awards for directing the Oscars®, has garnered six Emmy® nominations for directing the 1991-1996 Academy Awards telecasts and won Emmys® for directing the 1995 Oscars® and for producing Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration.
Margolis and Jeff Margolis Productions produced the 2006 NCLR Alma Awards, hosted by Eva Longoria; the NBC musical variety series Fame; the VH1 audition series In Search of the Partridge Family; and such memorable special telecasts as the September 11 tribute concert United We Stand; Motown 45; The Disco Ball...A 30 Year Celebration; CBS … 50 Years from Television City; The First Family’s Holiday Gift to America: A Tour of the White House; the White House Farewell Celebration, a surprise event for the Clinton Family; President Clinton's 50th Birthday Celebration at Radio City Music Hall; Quincy Jones…The First 50 Years; An Evening with Bette, Cher, Meryl, Goldie, & Robin; Celebrate the Dream: Fifty Years of Ebony; and The Television Academy Hall of Fame, with Margolis serving as producer and director for most of these television events. Jeff Margolis Productions produced The Miss America Pageant from 1993 to 2000, with Margolis serving as producer and director. From 1993 to 1998, Margolis produced and directed A Gala for the President at Ford's Theater. Margolis executive-produced the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards to honor young performing artists for the past six years.
Margolis' prolific directing career includes 22 American Music Awards; eight Oscar®, three Emmy® and two Academy of Country Music Awards telecasts; the feature film Richard Pryor Live in Concert, recently released on DVD; and numerous television specials and series.
The 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® are produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and Kathy Connell is the producer. Yale Summers, Daryl Anderson, Shelley Fabares, Paul Napier and JoBeth Williams are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in film, television, industrials, commercials, video games, music videos and other new media. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at www.sag.org.
Turner Network Television (TNT), television’s destination for drama and one of cable’s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the blockbuster detective series The Closer, starring Emmy®. Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild Awards® nominee Kyra Sedgwick, and next year’s eagerly anticipated television event The Company, executive-produced by Ridley Scott and starring Chris O’Donnell, Michael Keaton and Alfred Molina. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Without a Trace, Law & Order, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s “very funny” network. It serves as home to such hot contemporary comedies as Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond, Family Guy, Seinfeld and Friends; original comedy series like My Boys and 10 Items or Less; specials and special events, such as The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.
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