One of the most prolific and influential elements in the lives of millions, television has long been a fixture of the American experience. Now in its 49th year, the Chicago International Film Festival Television Awards has honored the most innovative and outstanding members of the television community. As television productions and commercials continue to evolve in the digital age, the Competition is an annual gathering for those who keep the medium vibrant and shape its future. The celebration culminates in an Awards Night Gala, which showcases the winning works and presents career achievement awards to select people or companies that have had a lasting impact on the medium. In 2013, ESPN Films, Walter Jacobson, and Leo Burnett were honored at the awards ceremony.