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Luminary Award

The Career Achievement Award was instituted to honor a distinguished member of the Entertainment Journalism community.

2016 Chelsea Handler
2015 Tavis Smiley
2014 Nancy O'Dell
2013 Kenneth Turan
2012 Janice Min
2011 Hugh M. Hefner
2010 Joe Morgenstern

Regarded as one of the most successful figures in entertainment today, Chelsea Handler’s stand-up comedy, best-selling books, and talk shows have attracted millions of fans worldwide.
As the host of E!’s top-rated Chelsea Lately, Handler became the first female to break into the otherwise male-dominated late-night arena.  In 2014, Chelsea ended the show after a successful eight-year run in order to pursue other interests, or, in her words, “get a real job.”
On May 11, 2016, Handler launched an all-new talk show for Netflix, Chelsea, marking the first of its kind for the global on-demand generation.  She tackles today’s tough issues with the same acerbic wit and fearless curiosity you know and love. Handler she travels around the world – braving an ice skating rink in Russia and wielding a Trump-shaped piñata through the streets of Mexico – and back again to Los Angeles, where she tapes in front of a LIVE in-studio audience featuring celebrities, dignitaries, and surprise guests. From intimate dinner parties to viral PSAs to “explainer segments” that answer all the questions you’re too embarrassed to ask, she brings you thought-provoking, yet hilarious conversations about topics like international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health, sports, parenting, politics, and more.
Handler can also be seen in Chelsea Does, a Netflix Documentary Series directed by Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Eddie Schmidt (This Film is Not Yet Rated) and executive produced by Schmidt, Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning Morgan Neville  (20 Feet From Stardom), and Handler.  In each of the four revealing, relevant, funny and introspective films, Handler explores a range of subjects of personal and universal curiosity, from marriage to drugs, to racism and Silicon Valley.
Handler’s five best-selling books include  My Horizontal Life (2005), Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (2008), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010), Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (2011) and 2014’s Uganda Be Killing Me, her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times Best-Seller List. In support of the release, Handler embarked on a sold-out global tour, and in October 2014, a stand-up comedy performance based on the tour,Uganda Be Killing Me Live, premiered exclusively on Netflix.

Handler has been honored by TIME magazine as one of its annual “TIME 100”; Glamour magazine as one of its 2011 Women of the Year; and the Human Rights Campaign, which gave her its Ally for Equality Award in 2009. Handler’s wide appeal and multiplatform success have been highlighted by publications all over the world.

Nancy O'Dell is not only the co-host of the most watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight, among her many achievements she is also a producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author of three bestselling books. She is the creator of “Little Ashby: Star Reporter,” an educational series of children’s apps. O’Dell was a special presenter on CBS’s Academy of Country Music Awards in both 2012 and 2013, as well as a special host of Fox’s American Country Music Awards. Previously, Ms. O’Dell had served as the co-anchor of “Access Hollywood” for 13 years. She graduated summa cum laude from Clemson university where she also received an honorary doctorate in 2013.

Kenneth Turan’s, Luminary Award recognizes and praises his insightful and influential movie reviews as well as honoring his outstanding work for NPR and KUSC, Los Angeles. He is currently the senior film critic for the Los Angeles Times and NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as the director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide, and served as the Times‘ book review editor. In 2006, Turan received a Special Citation Award from the National Society of Film Critics. He is the second film critic acclaimed by the Los Angeles Press Club. Longtime Wall Street Journal critic Joe Morgenstern won for Lifetime Achievement in 2008.

Janice Min, is receiving the award for her “reinvention” of The Hollywood Reporter as a leading entertainment news source for the trade as well as consumers– in print as well as online undefined in a time when the media map of the world is constantly being redefined.

Hugh M. Hefner. The LA Press Club Board cited Hefner’s “huge, unmatched footprint on popular culture and his unflinching support of First Amendment rights for the average citizen as well as the press.” Locally, Hefner help save the landmark Hollywood Sign–twice, is a major contributor to USC’s Film School and has produced the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl for 34 years.

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