Sean Penn has a date with the Television Academy on November 16.
The actor, filmmaker and founder of Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) will be awarded a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the organization’s Hall of Fame event. The event will be held at the TV Academy headquarters at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood and will serve as an induction ceremony for new members to the Hall of Fame.
This year, six new members will be in the spotlight, including Debbie Allen, Ken Burns, Bob Daly, Robert L. Johnson, Rita Moreno and Donald A. Morgan. The Hall of Fame honors small screen legends “who have made outstanding contributions in the arts, sciences, or management of television throughout their lives or through unique achievements.”
As for Penn, he is singled out for “decades of activism,” spurred in large part by his work through CORE. The organization started as a disaster relief organization in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Since then, CORE has been committed to humanitarian emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award was created in 2002 to “honor an individual whose philanthropic efforts exemplify Bob Hope’s own decades of altruism and positive impact on society.” This year’s selection committee was chaired by the directors of the Television Academy, Kim Coleman and Michael Spiller. It is one of the highest honors awarded by the Board of Directors of the Television Academy.
“Sean’s activism and immense humanitarian efforts have had a profound impact on the global community and he has used his platform effectively to motivate change,” Coleman praised. Spiller added: “Sean is responsible for getting help to people who need it most. From Haiti to Ukraine to Los Angeles, he is an inspiration to all of us.”
Allen, a six-time Emmy-winning director/choreographer, has worked extensively in almost all aspects of the industry – from acting and performing to directing and producing hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Fame.
Burns, a 16-time Emmy winner, has been making documentaries for over 40 years credited with projects such as The Civil War, Baseball, The Vietnam War, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Central Park Five and most recently The US and the Holocaust.
A standout manager, Daly began his career at CBS at the age of 18. He eventually became the first president of entertainment for a 25-year term. He went to Warner Bros. where he led teams behind hits like friends and ernavigated the rise of DVDs and helped launch the WB.
As the founder of BET, Johnson helped change the face of television with the creation of the nation’s first black cable television network. In 2014, he entered streaming programming with the launch of both ACORN TV and ALLBLK, a platform dedicated to Black-oriented series and movies.
EGOT winner Moreno has a career spanning seven decades that has included: Westside Story, The Electric Company, Sesame Street, Nine to Five, Oz, Cane, Happily Divorced, Jane the Virgin and Norman Lear’s reboot of One day at a time. Moreno’s awards include President George W. Bush’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama’s National Medal of Arts, a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, a Kennedy Center Life Achievement Award, and a Peabody Award.
An accomplished cinematographer and 11-time Emmy winner, Morgan has a career dating back to the late 1970s, when he took up lighting design. As a director of photography, his credits extend from the classics to the modern day on everything such as The Jeffersons, Silver Spoons, Mr. Belvedere, Home Improvement, The Ranch, Last Man Standing and The Connors.
“This year’s honorees have told the American story through television in a way that will forever shape our history and culture,” said Rick Rosen, chairman of the Hall of Fame selection committee. “Whether they have reshaped the industry itself through visionary leadership or created work that has had a lasting legacy, these individuals will be forever remembered for the impact they have had on the medium; and the Television Academy is proud to anchor that.”
Along with Rosen, a co-founder of WME and head of the agency’s TV division, the committee included veteran producer Marcy Carsey, Universal Studios Group chairman Pearlena Igbokwe, former Warner Bros. TV Group Chairman Peter Roth, PatMa Prods. co-chief executive officer Nina Tassler and Disney General Entertainment Content Chair Dana Walden.
Prior to the induction ceremony, the Academy will unveil four busts of previous inductees Shonda Rhimes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Joan Rivers and Katie Couric. Sponsors for the Hall of Fame include Kia America and People.