Inaugural Film Independent Humanitarian Award Ceremony

Presented by Burkle Global Impact Initiative

Presented by the Burkle Global Impact Initiative, this award honors Ted Turner, Chairman of the UN Foundation, Turner Foundation and Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.

Thursday, June 12, 2014



The Burkle Global Impact Initiative will host its inaugural Film Independent Humanitarian Award Ceremony recognizing an individual of outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic achievements.


Philanthropist and cable and media pioneer Ted Turner began his career as an account executive with Turner Advertising Company and entered the television business in 1970 when he acquired Atlanta independent UHF station channel 17. In 1976, Turner launched TBS Superstation, originating the “Superstation” concept. In 1980, Turner launched the Cable News Network (CNN), the world’s first live, 24-hour global news network. Over the next two decades, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. built a portfolio of unrivaled cable television news and entertainment brands and businesses, including CNN Headline News, CNN International, TNT, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies.

Ted Turner is Chairman of the UN Foundation, Turner Foundation and Co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. He is the recipient of numerous global awards, including various media industry accomplishments. In recent years, Turner received the Overseas Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, was named as one of the “Giants of Broadcasting” by the Library of American Broadcasting the same year, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 35th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards in 2014.


Film Independent helps filmmakers make movies, build an audience and works to diversify the film industry. With over 250 annual screenings and events, including the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists, who are driving creativity in the film industry. 

Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations