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

The award ceremony will be held in November 2016 at the Paley Center for Media.


About Kenya Barris:

As a writer, Kenya Barris is known for his quick wit and unabashed sense of humor. He started out as a writer in 1998 and has since worked on several television shows, including CBS’s Listen Up, CW’s The Game and Girlfriends, and Fox’s I Hate My Teenage Daughter. He has also sold a number of pilots—including America’s Next Top Model, which he co-created and is currently shown in 49 countries with 21 internationally formatted offshoots—as well as BET’s The Start Up, starring Diggy Simmons, and We Got Next, Hulu’s first half-hour comedy series.

Kenya Barris is under an overall deal at ABC Studios where he’s the executive producer and co-showrunner on Black-ish as well as the co-creator and executive producer of the upcoming hour-long series Unit Zero, starring Toni Collette, and a half-hour series Libby & Malcolm, starring Felicity Huffman. He is also under an overall deal with 20th-Century Fox Film where he’s developing several projects including Uptown Saturday Night, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Stir Crazy.


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The Rod Serling Archives, an extensive collection of television scripts, film screenplays, stage play scripts, films, unpublished works, awards, and other materials.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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