Bill D’Elia ’69 and David E. Kelley to Receive Serling Award

Award-winning television producer/director Bill D’Elia ’69 and producer/writer David E. Kelley are this year’s recipients of the Rod Serling Award for Advancing Social Justice Through Popular Media. The pair will be honored at a ceremony on Dec. 7 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California. This award is presented by the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in honor of “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling, who taught at Ithaca from 1967-1973.

The goal of the Serling Award is to recognize modern media professionals’ work that raises awareness of prejudice, inequality and society’s changing social norms. Actor William Shatner, who appeared on two episodes of Serling’s groundbreaking show “The Twilight Zone,” and also starred in “Boston Legal,” will present the award. The event’s MC will be Brian Herzlinger ’97, who credits D’Elia with hiring him into his first industry position, after the pair met at an Ithaca College event.

By Patrick Bohn

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