David E. Kelley: 2017-2018 Recipient
Multi award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley is the mind behind some of America’s most distinctive television series. As creator of the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning shows Boston Legal, The Practice, and Ally McBeal, the critically acclaimed dramatic series Harry’s Law, Boston Public and Chicago Hope, and the multiple award-winning drama series Picket Fences, Kelley’s writing and executive-producing style continues to intrigue television viewing audiences.
His latest projects include the adaption of Liane Moriarty’s book Big Little Lies which has received multiple awards including the Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series, the critically acclaimed adaption of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes and the drama series Goliath.
After receiving his law degree from the Boston University School of Law, Kelley was an attorney practicing law in Boston before venturing into the world of entertainment. Honored with four George Foster Peabody Awards, a Television Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild of America, the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild and the TV Guide Awards’ inaugural Brandon Tartikoff Award, Kelley was also the subject of a tribute by the Museum of Television and Radio and was named a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Honoree. He is the recipient of the Monte Carlo Television Festival’s first Showman of the Year Award, the Casting Society of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been honored by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In addition, he has received the prestigious Humanitas Prize for two consecutive years for The Practice, and was presented with both The Paddy Chayefsky Lifetime Achievement Award and The Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America. To date, Kelley is the only Producer to ever win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama, Ally McBeal and The Practice respectfully, in the same year (1999). In 2014, Kelley was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.