Press Release / Jan. 29, 2013

SCAD aTVfest honors Phylicia Rashad for outstanding television achievement

/SCAD is set to honor veteran stage and screen performer Phylicia Rashad Feb. 16, during the inaugural aTVfest./

As part of its inaugural television festival, SCAD will honor veteran stage and screen performer Phylicia Rashad with the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award. Presentation is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16, at Opera, 1150 Crescent Ave.

The event is the culmination of aTVfest's three-day schedule of informative and entertaining panels, discussions, workshops and screenings, held Feb. 14-16, at SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. NW, and at locations throughout Midtown Atlanta.

Rashad is most widely known to television audiences for her roles as Claire Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and as Ruth Lucas on the CBS sitcom "Cosby," for which she received a NAACP Image Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series." She has also been nominated for two Emmy Awards and has received two People's Choice Awards.

A respected stage actress, Rashad won Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performance in "A Raisin in the Sun," a role she later reprised on television, earning an Emmy nomination. Other Broadway credits include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Gem of the Ocean," "Blue," "Jelly's Last Jam," "Into the Woods," "Dreamgirls," "The Wiz" and "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death."

Rashad's feature film credits include "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored," "Free of Eden" with Sydney Poitier, "Loving Jezebel," "The Visit," "Just Wright" with Queen Latifah, "Frankie & Alice" with Halle Berry, "For Colored Girls," "Good Deeds" and "Gods Behaving Badly."

Among her many accolades, Rashad has also received an honorary doctorate from Morris Brown College in Atlanta and is a recipient of the Harvard University Foundation Award. The New York Women in Film & Television honored her with the Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement.

The full schedule of aTVfest events will be available Friday, Feb. 1, at

About aTVfest

Hosted by SCAD, aTVfest is an international event focused on design, creativity and innovation in television and media production. The festival brings together professionals from all spheres of content production, including broadcast, cable, Web, social media, music videos and advertising to discuss current industry trends and showcase the best work in each field.

Panel discussions, workshops, award presentations and special screenings will occur daily. Award presentations and nightly premieres will be followed by exclusive receptions that facilitate networking and development opportunities for sponsors and attendees.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

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