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Burnett, Ball, Jones Sign on for Paley Center Events

Fall series explores the impact of media on today's society and the creative process.

Julie Andrews, Alan Ball, Carol Burnett, Quincy Jones, Barry Levinson, Liv Ullmann and Dick Wolf are among the entertainment heavyweights who will discuss their art and craft at the Paley Center for Media's fall season of events in New York and Los Angeles.

The Paley Center on Thursday announced details of its fall season, which explores the impact of media on today's society, from politics to social issues to sports, and examines the creative process behind great entertainment through up-close-and-personal discussions with the cast, creators and executives who make television and radio.

In Los Angeles, entertainment events include in-person appearances by Peter Berg, Carol Burnett, Wayne Gretzky and Quincy Jones, as well as evenings with the cast and creators of Lifetime's "Drop Dead Diva" and a panel with creator Alan Ball and the writing staff of HBO's "True Blood." 

Also in L.A., Current TV's Max Lugavere and Jason Silva will participate in a discussion of how young filmmakers and activists are harnessing the power of new media to transform society.

In New York, Paley's 10th annual TV documentary festival, PaleyDocFest09, runs Oct. 8-29 and features documentaries such as "Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall," "The Glass House," a segment of ESPN's "30 by 30" and Barry Levinson's "Poliwood." Special events included in the festival are the Art of the Documentary Pitch workshop and Docu-Jam, a youth documentary showcase.

On the entertainment side, the New York lineup includes celebrations of the radio and TV work of the likes of Julie Andrews, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra and Liv Ullmann. Other planned events are New York Comedy Festival panels with the writers of "The Colbert Report" and "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," a two-day event looking at the vampire legacy on television and in pop culture, and an evening with Dick Wolf and the stars of his "Law & Order" franchise.

View a complete schedule of Paley Center for Media fall events