‘AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks’ to Premiere on TNT June 15 & on TCM July 24
via press release:
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks to Premiere
Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT, with Encore on TCM
As Part of an All-Night Mel Brooks Celebration Wednesday, July 24
All-Star Tribute Features Billy Crystal, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Jimmy Kimmel, Cloris Leachman, Conan O’Brien, Amy Poehler, Carl Reiner, Martin Scorsese, Martin Short and Sarah Silverman
TNT and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present the AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mel Brooks, a star-studded special celebrating the comedy legend. The highest honor for a career in the movies, the American Film Institute bestowed the honor on Brooks during a black-tie gala held in Hollywood on June 6. Many of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out for the tribute, which will premiere on Saturday, June 15, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and encore on TCM Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. (ET) as part of an all-night tribute to Brooks.
Among the more than 1,000 guests gathered for Brooks were Conan O’Brien, Judd Apatow, Jon Avnet, Roger Bart, Richard Benjamin, James L Brooks, Billy Crystal, Sasha Baron Cohen, Stuart Cornfeld, Bob Daly, Larry David, Robert De Niro, Eugenio Derbez, Carey Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Zach Galifianakis, Teri Garr, Vince Gilligan, Marshall Herskovitz, Dustin Hoffman, Ken Howard, Jimmy Kimmel, David Kroll, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Richard Lewis, Leonard Maltin, Catherine O’Hara, Alexander Payne, Ron Perlman, Luana Piovani, Amy Poehler, Jay Roach, Carole Bayer Sager, Terry Semel, Sarah Silverman, Sir Howard Stringer, Dick Van Patten, Lesley Ann Warren, Steven Weber, Amy Yasbeck, Daphne Zuniga, Matthew Weiner and Edward Zwick, among others.
The American Film Institute’s tribute was built upon the humor and scope of Brooks’ career as a director, producer, writer, actor and composer. In the tradition of past AFI tributes, the details of the program, along with its participants and guests, were held as a surprise to the honoree, making this event one of the most beloved experiences in the film community. The evening’s entertainment included a musical number featuring Martin Short and heartfelt tributes from Brooks’ many friends and collaborators.
Proceeds from the AFI Life Achievement Award gala event directly support the Institute’s national education programs and the preservation of American film history. Sponsors of the 2013 AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mel Brooks include Audi of America, Deloitte, HP and American Airlines, the official airline of the American Film Institute.
About the AFI Life Achievement Award
The highest honor given for a career in film, the AFI Life Achievement Award was established by the AFI Board of Trustees on Feb. 26, 1973. It is presented to a single honoree each year based on the following criteria as mandated through a resolution passed by the AFI Board of Trustees:
“The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art; whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers and the general public; and whose work has stood the test of time.”
About the American Film Institute
The American Film Institute (AFI) is America’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
AFI programs include the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and AFI Archive, which preserve film heritage for future generations; the AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – now in its 41st year; AFI Awards, honoring the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year; AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, which have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers; year-round and special event exhibition through AFI Fest presented by Audi, AFI Docs presented by Audi and the AFI Silver Theatre; and educating the next generation of storytellers at the world renowned AFI Conservatory, recognized for the quality of its instructors and speakers and its notable alumni.
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About TNT and TCM
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