William Shatner has been honored with a Video Legend Award by the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) in recognition of his extraordinary career and the popularity of his work on home video, the EMA announced today. The award was presented by EMA during its 2013 Independent Product Market at the Marriott Marina del Rey in Marina del Rey, California.
William Shatner's career spans more than 50 years, appearing in memorable episodes of the Twilight Zone, as Captain James T. Kirk in the popular TV and movie franchise Star Trek, as the title character in TJ Hooker, and hosted the popular show Rescue 911, and memorable roles on The Practice and Boston Legal, among other things. He is also known for his outlandish song stylings and as the spokesperson for Priceline.com.
Shatner’s latest project is The Captains Close Up, a five-episode mini-series that provides an in-depth look at each of the actors who have played Star Trek’s Captains since Shatner originated the role (Sir Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, and Chris Pine). The series was directed by William Shatner and produced by Le Big Boss Productions, Inc. in association with Epix, 455 Films, Ballinran Entertainment and Love Lake Productions. Entertainment One will release The Captains Close Up on DVD August 13, 2013.
In 1966, Shatner originated the role of “Captain James T. Kirk” in the television series Star Trek. The series spawned a feature film franchise, and Shatner returned as Captain Kirk in seven of the Star Trek movies, one of which he directed.
"William Shatner is one of the most-recognizable and popular stars of television and he continues to delight audiences with his diverse choices of roles," noted Mark Fisher, President & CEO of EMA. "It is an honor to recognize his contribution to the medium and his enduring popularity."