Diamond Circle Award Winner
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Vice President Larry Vanderveen presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to long-time PPB member George Sunga at the September 12, 2014 luncheon honoring Carl Reiner. Below are Mr. Vanderveen's remarks introducing Mr. Sunga:
Today’s Diamond Circle inductee is one of television’s most talented and most respected producers: George Sunga. George’s introduction to big-time television came as a
San Diego State College student, when he was sent off to Hollywood to do a written production analysis of the network dramatic series, Climax.
The resulting 225-page narrative was an "a-to-z" explanation of what it takes to produce a live network drama series. It was also the launching pad for the stellar career that followed, which began with a bang in CBS Television City’s mail room! The climb to the top was underway. Years later George could look back at the steady upward trail that led him from dispatching trucks and messengers, to stage crew scheduler and on and on, learning with every step.
It all brought him to the day he was made the first Production Supervisor at Television City for such shows as Password, The Judy Garland Show and Cinderella.
The march continued. George became the Associate Producer for the very first TV Specials of Carol Channing and Dick Van Dyke. Those landmark shows were followed by a Who’s Who of Variety Specials by such stars as Sid Caesar, Carol Burnett, Don Rickles and yes, today’s honoree, Carl Reiner.
When it became evident that George’s talent was in demand, he resigned his position at CBS and was named the Associate Producer, and then the Whole Producer of the legendary Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
After that the man at the helm gave us some of the finest television specials in the history of the medium, like Rowan and Martin Bite the Hand That Feeds Them, Of Thee I Sing, staring Carol O’Connor and Fred Astaire’s Color Me Red, White and Blue.
But even those achievements weren’t enough for George. He went on to make his biggest mark helping to produce the smash hit sitcoms All In The Family, The Jefferson’s and Good Times for Norman Lear. He then moved over to spend the next nine seasons producing Three’s Company, The Ropers and Three’s A Crowd.
The list of his accomplishments goes on and on. But now it’s time to say: Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the newest member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle, George Sunga!
George Sunga receives his award from PPB VP Larry Vanderveen