The legendary Michael Jay Solomon is the International TV Distribution Hall of Fame honoree for VideoAge’s L.A. Screenings (May 16, LATAM) Issue.

Solomon has been recognized as one of two fathers of the L.A. Screenings (the other is the late Jack Singer), among other pioneering distribution achievements.

His professional TV career spans 60 years, and is still going strong with his own Truli Media Group. He started with UA in Panama, then moved to MCA studios, co-founded Telepictures and, later, headed Lorimar, ending his studio career at Warner Bros.

Stories about Michael abound; whether they’re set in the jungle of Central America, in Hollywood, in Italy or in Cannes. Just talking about him will put some people on fire and others will stand in awe. There’s no middle ground in here!

Solomon is definitely larger than life. He personifies show business: he did not simply sell programs, he sold Hollywood, and as such, he will be the ninth TV executive to receive such an honor.

Previous issues of VideoAge have honored such pioneers as Alan Silverbach (U.S.), Marcel Vinay Sr. (Mexico), Max Gusberti (Italy), Bruce Gordon (Australia), Herb Lazarus (U.S.), Pedro Leda (Argentina) Cuban-born Armando Nuñez Sr. and Reiner Moritz (Germany).

The International TV Distribution Hall of Fame was created by VideoAge to recognize and honor the contributions of pioneers in the international TV distribution business from all over the world who — with their creativity, resourcefulness and professionalism — created an industry responsible for the development of television as we know it today.

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