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Caucus to Honor Roth, Olmos

Dec 20, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television, and actor and community activist Edward James Olmos have been added to the list of those who will be honored by the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors at its 12th annual awards gala Jan. 13 in Beverly Hills.

Mr. Roth will receive a special Chair Award while Mr. Olmos will be honored with the Diversity Award, according to an announcement by Chuck Fries and Lee Miller, Caucus Awards co-chairs. “I am extremely proud that the caucus has selected Peter Roth to receive the Chair Award,” said Vin di Bona, Chairman of the caucus, who will make the presentation to Mr. Roth.

Mr. di Bona said Mr. Roth is being recognized for his extraordiniary success at Warner Bros., which he described as the most prolific studio in Hollywood for the past two seasons. Warner Bros. currently has two or more shows on each of the six broadcast networks and a total of 25 shows airing in prime time.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Mr. Roth served as president of Fox Broadcasting Co.

Mr. Olmos was selected for the Diversity Award for his longtime work to uplift the Hispanic American community. An actor in films, television and on stage, he achieved national prominence in the 1978 drama/musical “Zoot Suit,” receiving a Tony nomination and later re-creating the role on the screen. He received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver,” which he also produced.

His book “Americanos,” published by Little, Brown, will be made into a feature documentary on NBC. Olmos’ continuing humanitarian activities include working with the David Rockefeller Foundation to recruit new teachers for U.S. schools. He commits to more than 150 speaking engagements annually on behalf of these and other community efforts.