It was announced this week (December 1) by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) that Tony, NAACP Image and four-time Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, director and writer Laurence Fishburne will present LeVar Burton with Lifetime Achievement honors at the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards ceremony, which will take place Sunday, December 11 at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Children’s & Family Emmy nominee Jack McBrayer will host the the ceremony.
An actor, director and educator, Burton has taught multiple generations of children about the joys of reading through his work on “Reading Rainbow”. He has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, three NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, the Fred Rogers Award, the Inamori Prize for Ethics in Entertainment, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The City of Sacramento dedicated LeVar Burton Park in his honor and President Bill Clinton appointed Burton as Commissioner of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences. Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.
Among collaborations between the longtime friends, Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of “Roots,” which starred Fishburne. Fishburne also appeared on Burton’s podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, in 2019.
The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony, which will be hosted by Jack McBrayer, will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys pps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku (full list at apps.theemmys.tv).
Congrats to LeVar Burton for being the inaugural recipient of what will surely become a prestigious honor!