*BET CEO Debra Lee, “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan and “Cops” executive producer John Langley and will receive the 10th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award at next year’s NATPE conference, association president Rod Perth announced today.


“The criteria is about accomplishment, things that have truly contributed to the business in one way or another. It’s all about achievement and these people personify that,” Perth said during a conference call.

A fourth honoree will be announced later in the fall.

The Tartikoff Award is intended to recognize TV professionals “who exhibit extraordinary passion, leadership, independence and vision in the process of creating television programming and in evoking the spirit of Tartikoff’s generosity.”

Celebrating the organization’s 50th anniversary with the theme “Beyond Disruption,” the 2013 TV programming conference is set for Jan 28-30 at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach.