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23 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The guild's highest TV award, the Laurel honors lifetime achievement for outstanding television writing. Blinn will join the ranks of Rod Serling, Norman Lear, Steven Bochco, Susan Harris, Stephen J. Cannell, John Wells and last year's honoree, David Chase.
Blinn's five-decade resume includes the TV longform projects "Roots," "Brian's Song" and "The Boys Next Door" and such series as "The New Land," "Fame," "Eight Is Enough," "Starsky & Hutch," "Gunsmoke," "Bonanza," "My Favorite Martian" and "Rawhide." He also co-wrote the hit 1984 Prince film "Purple Rain."
- By Jay A. Fernandez
NEW YORK -- Louis Gossett Jr. has signed on as executive producer and narrator of a documentary titled The Untold Truth about the Negro Baseball Leagues.
The docu focuses on the history of black baseball from 1865-1947, when Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player in the major leagues.
Gossett (Roots) is partnering with Los Angeles-based Wrapped Prods. and its principals John Rittenour, Gregg Champion and Gary Ballen, who will executive produce the project with Gossett and secured an exclusive rights contract with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo., to make the film.
Ballen, a music producer and talent manager, brought Gossett on board. Champion, a sports producer and director who has worked for Fox Sports Net, CBS, NBC and ESPN, is directing the docu, which still is seeking a distribution partner. The plan is to release the film during this year's World Series.
" 'Roots' showcased African-American history from slave trade to emancipation," Gossett said. »
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