At Our Next Luncheon: FEBRUARY 10, 2017

On February 10, PPB President Alan Perris will present the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to prolific TV producer and director George Schlatter.

George was born in Birmingham, Alabama and reared in Webster Groves, Missouri. His mother was a violinist with the St. Louis Municipal Opera in which George sang for two seasons before moving west to attend Pepperdine University here in Los Angeles.

After Pepperdine, George became a Hollywood agent in the band and act department of MCA Regords. Following that, he became general manager of Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip, where the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin performed. In the early 1960s he began producing variety series and specials for television.

Between 1964 and 1970, George Schlatter oversaw the annual telecasts of the Grammy Awards, and in 1968 he formed George Schlatter Productions, which produced Rowan and Martin's Laugh In on NBC. He has produced and/or directed several television series, and in 1987 he started The American Comedy Awards, which has become an annual event.

George has a atar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He and his wife Jolene have two adult daughters, Andrea and Maria. He is presently working with an author to write his memoir while continuing to produce shows for television.

• Fred Willard
• Sarah Purcell
• Jo Anne Worley


Honoree: Regis Philbin

On November 18, President Alan Perris presented the Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Regis Philbin.

As the pre-eminent talk and game show host, Regis holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on US television. As of 2011, he's spent 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera - that's an average of almost one hour a day throughout his 50-plus year career!

In his earliest show business work, Philbin was a page at "The Tonight Show" in the 1950s. Later he wrote for Los Angeles talk show host Tom Duggan and nervously filled in one night when Duggan didn't show up. He also was an announcer on "The Tonight Show" in 1962. In 1957, Regis left his job as assistant news editor to Baxter Ward at KCOP to make his fortune in New York.

His first talk show was "The Regis Philbin Show" on KOGO-TV (now KGTV) in San Diego. For budgetary reasons he had no writing staff, so he began each show with what has become his hallmark, the "host chat" segment (influenced by Jack Paar), where he engaged his audience (and later his co-host) in discussions about his life and the day's events.

Philbin gained his first national exposure in 1967 as Joey Bishop's sidekick on "The Joey Bishop Show" on television (1967–1969). From 1975 to 1981, he co-hosted "A.M. Los Angeles" on KABC-TV, first with Sarah Purcell (1975 to 1978), then with Cyndy Garvey (1978 to 1981). Philbin's presence brought the show from the bottom of the local ratings to No. 1.

After Garvey left Los Angeles in 1982 and moved to New York City, Philbin rejoined her on "The Morning Show" there on WABC-TV. It was there in 1985 that he was joined by Kathy Lee Johnson (later Gifford) as his co-host and the program was syndicated nation-wide as "Live With Regis and Kathy Lee" in 1988. When Kathy Lee left the show, he was paired with Kelly Rippa, who took over the show when Regis left in 2011. He has appeared on several TV shows since then.

Regis and his wife Joy have two adult daughters, Jennifer and Joanna.

Pictured Below On the Dais: Front Row (L-R) Tom Battista, Honoree Regis Philbin, Sarah Purcell and PPB President Alan Perris. Back Row (L-R) Larry Einhorn, Rick Rosner, Steve Ober and John Severino. (Roxanne Schorbach photo)

Would you like to join the PPB and attend the George Schlatter Luncheon on February 10, 2017? If you have worked in Broadcasting or in any related field for 20 years or more, please e-mail our Membership Committee with your request to join us to honor George Schlatter. Please include your name and daytime telephone numbers.

PPB Members receive their Luncheon Notice and Reservation Form by mail before the date of each luncheon, and send in their request for table seating along with their check.

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