David Crane and Marta Kauffman, co-creators of the perennial hit TV comedy, “Friends,” will be honored with the Parrot Analytics Global Iconic Award at the 2nd Annual Global TV Demand Awards taking place on Jan. 21 during the NATPE Miami 2020 Marketplace + Conference.
“Friends” debuted on NBC on Sept. 22, 1994 and ran for 10 seasons. The series finale aired on May 6, 2004 and was watched by 52.4 million viewers in the U.S. alone. The series received acclaim throughout its broadcast run, making it one of the most popular TV shows of all time and turning its ensemble cast into pop icons: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.
The series was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Comedy Series award in 2002 for its eighth season.
High-definition versions of all 236 episodes were made available to local broadcast stations beginning in 2012. Netflix added all seasons in high-definition to their platform in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2015, after completing a landmark $100M deal for the series with Warner Media. Comedy Central began airing reruns in October 2019. Recently, the series left Netflix (as of Jan. 1) and will begin streaming on HBO Max in May 2020.
The series has also been a packaged media hit, selling hundreds of millions of dollars worth of discs, and helping to launch the “TV on DVD” market.
Held at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, the Global TV Demand Awards honors the most in-demand shows of 2019, based on empirical global TV demand data. In 2019, “Friends” celebrated its 25th year, and the Global Iconic Demand Award is being awarded to David Crane and Marta Kauffman based upon their outstanding achievement in creating one of TV’s most consistently in-demand series.
Parrot Analytics’ measurement of demand for television shows includes social media engagement, video streaming and peer-to-peer protocols, photo sharing, blogging, and research platforms.