NAB Recognizes Creators of Drama, Comedy and Family-Friendly Content

Shonda Rhimes will be the 2015 television inductee into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The creator and executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” will be honored during the annual NAB Show Television Luncheon, today, 12:30 p.m. The luncheon is sponsored by RCB Capital Markets.

The NAB Television Luncheon honors those who made — and are making — television a vital part of the American lifestyle and have earned a place in broadcasting history.

“Shonda Rhimes’ creative talent is undeniable, and is on display every Thursday night on ABC,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “The characters and storylines she creates draw in viewers and keep them coming back for more. Her hit shows serve as Exhibit A on why broadcast television remains the most popular destination for scripted entertainment programming.”

Rhimes’ hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” chronicles the personal and professional lives of surgical residents in Seattle. “Scandal” revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her complicated relationship with an embattled White House administration. Rhimes also created the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff series “Private Practice,” which ran on ABC for six seasons. She also is the executive producer of the new ABC series “How to Get Away With Murder.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Actor, producer and motivational speaker Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars on the new ABC comedy series “Black-ish,” will receive the 2015 NAB Television Chairman’s Award, established to recognize
individuals for significant achievement in one or more specific art disciplines in television.

“Tracee Ellis Ross is a gifted talent who brings wit and style to the roles that she plays, most recently on ABC’s breakout hit comedy
‘Black-ish’,” said Marcellus Alexander, NAB executive vice president of Television. “We are thrilled to honor her as this year’s Chairman’s
Award recipient.”

Ross also received eight NAACP Image Award nominations and two wins for her role as Joan Carol Clayton in the hit sitcom “Girlfriends,” which ran for eight seasons on the UPN/CW network.

Lowell "Bud" Paxson

Lowell “Bud” Paxson

Also during the Television Luncheon the NAB Spirit of Broadcasting Award will honor the life and career of Lowell “Bud” Paxson who
passed away in January. Actress Sharon Stone and entertainer Wayne Newton will make the presentation to his widow.

Paxson was an American media executive. In 1982, Paxson and his business partner, Roy Speer, co-founded the Home Shopping Club.
He later established Pax TV in 1998, a television network focusing on family-friendly content. He was also a key advocate within the federal government for broadcast television.

“Bud Paxson was a visionary entrepreneur and superb advocate for over-the-air radio and television,” said Smith.

The award is given to individuals who have made a unique and enduring difference in the broadcasting industry