The 81st Annual Drama League Awards to recognize Joel Grey, WNET
: Neal Shapiro
and David Horn, and Stephen Daldry.
: NEAL SHAPIRO
AND DAVID HORN
The 2015 recipients are as follows: Tony®, and Oscar® Award winner Joel Grey will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award; WNET
: Neal Shapiro
and David Horn will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theater Award for their vital work in bringing New York theater to viewers across America; and Tony®, Drama Desk®, Olivier Award winner and Oscar® nominee Stephen Daldry will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
Neal Shapiro is an award-winning producer and media executive with a 30-year career spanning print, broadcast, cable and online media.
As CEO of WNET, he oversees the operations of THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV, reaching a combined monthly audience of approximately 9.5 million.
produces such acclaimed PBS series as "Great Performances," "American Masters," "Nature," "PBS NewsHour Weekend," "Secrets of the Dead," and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and news and cultural offerings available on air and online.
At the helm of WNET
has revitalized programming, nearly doubling arts and culture offerings, emphasizing local programming and community engagement; setting new fundraising records and inaugurating a new, all-glass studio at Lincoln Center.
has overseen the launch of a number of innovative programs, including:
Before joining WNET in 2007, Shapiro was President of NBC News, leading its top-rated news programs, including "Today," "NBC Nightly News" and "Meet the Press," as well as "Dateline NBC.
Shapiro was executive producer of "Dateline NBC" from 1993 to 2001, which became a cornerstone of NBC's primetime programming and the first primetime multi-night newsmagazine.
Prior to working at NBC, Shapiro spent 13 years at ABC News, where he was a writer and producer for "PrimeTime Live" and "World News Tonight.
served as broadcast producer of "PrimeTime Live
," where he
wrote and produced over 30 stories, including breaking news, profiles, and investigative reports.
has won numerous awards, including 32 Emmys, 31 Edward R. Murrow Awards and 3 Columbia DuPont awards.
He serves on the Boards of PBS, Tufts University, Gannett Company, the Investigative News Network
(INN) and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Shapiro graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with degrees in history and political science.
is married to ABC News
"Nightline" Co-Anchor Juju Chang.