Congratulations to Kenya Barris,
this year's Serling Award Recipient.

The award ceremony was held on November 16, 2016 at the Paley Center for Media. During his acceptance speech, Barris called for the country to engage in difficult dialogues. To watch the archived event, click on Park Media Network.


The Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media

This award is presented in honor of writer, producer, teacher, and humanitarian Rod Serling.

From his pioneering efforts for the small screen to his work on Hollywood blockbusters, Rod Serling became one of the industry’s most respected writers. In his ground-breaking series The Twilight Zone -- still broadcast around the world more than 50 years after its premiere -- he proved that commercial television could tackle serious, controversial subjects through a captivating sci-fi/fantasy genre.

From 1967-1975 Serling taught at Ithaca College, now home of The Rod Serling Archives, an extensive collection of television scripts, film screenplays, stage play scripts, films, unpublished works, awards, and other materials.

The Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media honors a contemporary media industry professional whose work shines the light on prejudice, inequality, and evolving social norms.



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