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Friday, October 31, 2008

Rene Balcer Gets Honorary Degree

Balcer on WGA Picket Line
With Marg Helgenberger
(from that "other" crime show)

Rene Balcer, long time executive producer of both Law & Order and Law & Order Criminal Intent, will be receiving an honorary degree from Concordia University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Here’s the official press release from The Canadian Press:

Law & Order boss Rene Balcer to get honourary degree from Montreal university

MONTREAL — The executive producer of TV's "Law & Order" will receive an honourary degree next month from Concordia University in recognition of his success as a TV producer and writer.

Rene Balcer, who originally hails from Montreal, is an alumnus of Concordia, where he was awarded a BA in communication arts in 1978.

Balcer, who also created "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," has won a number of awards for his work on the two crime shows about New York City police detectives and prosecutors.

He won an Emmy in 1997 for "Law & Order," four Edgars from the Mystery Writers of America, a Peabody Award, two Silver Gavel Awards from the American Bar Association and lifetime achievement awards from the International Mystery Writers Festival and the Reims International Television Festival.

Balcer will get his honourary doctorate from Concordia during a ceremony on Nov. 17.

"Law & Order" is one of the longest-running drama series on television. It begins its 19th season next week on NBC and CTV.

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