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Sunday, November 1 • 11:30am - 12:45pm
A Conversation with Norman Lear

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“Norman Lear has held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it,” said President Bill Clinton when he presented Lear with the National Medal of Arts in 1999. Known for his landmark sitcoms All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and The Jeffersons, Norman Lear transformed a genre known for play-it-safe humor into a platform to explore how Americans experience social issues. And even while confronting tough issues like racism, domestic violence, suicide, and illiteracy, his groundbreaking shows still made audiences laugh. We’ll discuss everything from his beloved characters like Archie Bunker and Florence Johnston to Lear’s own favorite moments and episodes. Join us for a conversation with the man himself – AFF’s 2015 Outstanding Television Writer and one of the single biggest contributors to the sitcom genre, progressive writing in Hollywood, and television overall.

Moderators
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Phil Rosenthal

creator Everybody Loves Raymond; creator/host I'll Have What Phil's Having
Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, New York and moved with his parents and brother to New City, New York in Rockland County, where he was raised. After graduating from Hofstra University on Long Island, where he majored in theater, he embarked on a career as an actor, writer and director in New York City. In 1989, he relocated to Los Angeles. Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and... Read More →

Panelists
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Norman Lear

Outstanding Television Writer Awardee; creator All in the Family, Good Times, Maude, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Sanford and Son; writer/producer Little Rascals, Divorce American Style
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film, and as a political and social activist and philanthropist. Mr. Lear began his television writing career in 1950 when he and his partner, Ed Simmons, were signed to write for The Ford Star Revue, starring Jack Haley. After only four shows, they were hired away by Jerry Lewis to write for him and Dean Martin on The Colgate Comedy Hour, where they worked until the end of... Read More →


Sunday November 1, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm
InterContinental Stephen F Austin, Ballroom

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