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Television Academy Inducts William Klages ’47
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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences inducted award-winning lighting designer William Klages ’47 into its Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in March. He and his fellow celebrants, including network executive Michael Eisner, producer Chuck Lorre, and the comedy duo of Vivian Vance and William Frawley, among others, join more than 120 individuals previously inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1984.

The winner of seven Primetime Emmy Awards, Bill Klages has been associated with some of the most outstanding productions in television history. After establishing his reputation at NBC with the dramatic series Playwrights ’56, Klages lighted landmark shows of early television starring entertainment legends Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ernie Kovacs, and Perry Como.

In the decades that followed, Klages lighted an array of acclaimed entertainment specials and award shows including The Kraft Music Hall, My Name Is Barbra, Night of 100 Stars, Sills and Burnett at the Met, Baryshnikov by Tharp, The Tony Awards, The Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, Sweeney Todd, The Grammy Awards, and many others. Major events he has designed include the 1984 Olympics Closing Ceremonies, the “Liberty Weekend” Statue of Liberty celebration, and four Republican National Conventions.
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William Klages ’47
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Along with his seven Primetime Emmy wins, Klages has received 21 Emmy nominations, as well as Monitor and Ace Awards.

Klages, who received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering at Rensselaer and master’s at Columbia University, was interviewed extensively by the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television about his career. The interview can found at http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/william-klages.

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