Congratulations to Norman Lear
On November 15, 2018 The Rod Serling award will be presented to American television writer and producer Norman Lear who produced such 1970s sitcoms as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, and The Jeffersons- each of which used humor to provoke audiences to critically examine race, privilege, class, and gender in American Society. He founded People for the American Way, a nonprofit that supports the values of freedom, fairness, and opportunity in a diverse democratic society.
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The Rod Serling Archives, an extensive collection of television scripts, film screenplays, stage play scripts, films, unpublished works, awards, and other materials.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.