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But the Characters Live On


March 2, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Television Academy members and a guest are invited to an evening celebrating the next generation of performers, writers, producers, and casting directors responsible for bringing classic and iconic characters back to life.

Since the beginning of television, audiences young and old have been charmed and entertained by some of the greatest animated and live-action characters of all time. From Fred Flintstone to Tweety, Lamb Chop to Porky Pig, and more, the brilliant artists who created and originally performed these beloved characters are no longer with us ... but the characters live on!

Beginning with the loss of Mel Blanc and Daws Butler in the late 1980s, studios like Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera had to face the daunting task of finding successors to these legendary performers.

  • Had the studios even thought about or planned for the inevitable task of recasting these characters?
  • What was the process of replacing the irreplaceable?
  • What are the challenges of the current performers and producers?
  • How do the studios and creatives balance updating these characters for today's audiences while honoring their integrity?
  • What does the future hold for these classic characters?


  • Matt Craig and Gary Hartle, producers of Wabbit
  • Andrea Romano, casting director, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Bros., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Boondocks
  • Bob Bergen, voice of Porky Pig, Tweety Bird
  • Dee Bradley Baker, voice of Daffy Duck
  • Grey Griffin, voice of Scooby-Doo's Daphne
  • Jeff Bergman, voice of Fred Flintstone, George Jetson, Bugs Bunny, and more
  • Mallory Lewis, daughter of Shari Lewis and voice of Lamb Chop


  • Mark Evanier, writer-producer-director, The Garfield Show

Click here
to RSVP by Tuesday, February 28.

Only Television Academy Members with valid membership cards. Seating is subject to availability; first come, first served. Admittance is not guaranteed.


March 2, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm


Wolf Theatre
at Saban Media Center
Television Academy
5210 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
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Self parking for $7 in the structure adjacent to the Saban Media Center.

PLEASE NOTE: Click here for updates on road closure and other parking options.

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This event is presented and hosted
by the Television Academy.