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International Emmy Founders Award

International Emmy Founders Award
CountryUnited States
Presented byInternational Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
First awarded1980

The International Emmy Founders Award (or Founders Award) is given by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS) to individuals whose creative accomplishments have contributed in some way to the quality of global television production.[1] The awards ceremony has taken place in New York City since 1980.[2]


Year Winner Country Note
1980 Jim Henson  United States Creator of The Muppets
1981 Shaun Sutton  United Kingdom Head of BBC-TV's Drama Group
Roone Arledge  United States Executive producer, ABC's Wide World of Sports
1982 Michael Landon  United States Executive producer, director, writer and performer
1983 Herbert Brodkin  United States Producer, co-founder of Titus Productions
1984 David L. Wolper  United States Producer and television executive
1985 David Attenborough  United Kingdom Creator, writer, producer and TV host
1986 Donald L. Taffner  United Kingdom President, D.L. Taffner Ltd
1987 Jacques-Yves Cousteau[3]  France President, Cousteau Society
1988 Goar Mestre[4]  Argentina Latin American Broadcasting Pioneer
1989 Paul Fox  United Kingdom Managing director, BBC Television
1990 Joan Ganz Cooney  United States American television producer
1991 Adrian Cowell[5]  United Kingdom Film Maker, ITV Central
1992 Bill Cosby[6]  United States (Comedian, actor and producer
1993 Richard Dunn[7]  United Kingdom CEO, Thames Television
1994 Film on Four: Channel 4  United Kingdom British public-service television broadcaster
1995 Don Hewitt[8]  United States Executive producer, CBS' 60 Minutes
1996 Reg Grundy[9]  Australia Founder, Grundy Productions
1997 Jac Venza[10]  United States Director of Cultural & Arts Programs, WNET
1998 Robert Halmi Sr.[11]  Hungary Chairman, RHI Entertainment
1999 Hisashi Hieda[12]  Japan President, Fuji Television
2000 John Hendricks[13]  United States Founder and CEO, Discovery Communications
2001 Pierre Lescure[14]  France Chairman and CEO of Canal+ Group
2002 Sir Howard Stringer[15]  United Kingdom Chairman and CEO, Sony Corporation of America
2003 HBO[16]  United States American premium cable and satellite television network
2004 MTV International[17]  United States Channel subsidiary of MTV Networks
2005 Oprah Winfrey[18]  United States Chairman, Harpo Inc.
2006 Steven Spielberg[19]  United States American film director
2007 Al Gore[20]  United States Chairman, Current TV
2008 Dick Wolf[21]  United States Creator and executive producer, Law & Order
2009 David Frost[22]  United Kingdom Journalist and producer
2010 Simon Cowell[23]  United Kingdom Founder, SYCO
2011 Nigel Lythgoe[24]  United Kingdom Executive producer, So You Think You Can Dance; American Idol
2012 Ryan Murphy[25]  United States Showrunner
Norman Lear[26]  United States 40th Anniversary Special Founders Award
Alan Alda  United States 40th Anniversary Special Founders Award
2013 J. J. Abrams[27]  United States Film director
2014 Matthew Weiner[28]  United States Screenwriter, Creator of the series Mad Men
2015 Julian Fellowes[29]  United Kingdom Screenwriter, Creator of the series Downton Abbey
2016 Shonda Rhimes  United States Television producer, writer and author
2017 None[a] None None
2018 Greg Berlanti[31]  United States American film and television writer and producer
2019 David Benioff and D. B. Weiss  United States Game of Thrones showrunners
2020 Andrew Cuomo (rescinded)[32][33]  United States 56th Governor of New York
2021 None None None
2022 Ava DuVernay[34]  United States Filmmaker
2023 Jesse Armstrong  United Kingdom Screenwriter and producer
  1. ^ Actor and producer Kevin Spacey was announced as the recipient, but this was rescinded following allegations of sexual misconduct prior to being awarded.[30]

Rescinded awards

Kevin Spacey (2017)

Actor and producer Kevin Spacey was chosen to be the recipient of the award for 2017, but the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences later tweeted a reversal of their decision,[35] following accusations of sexual misconduct by Spacey in 1986 towards a then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp.[30]

Andrew Cuomo (2020)

Andrew Cuomo, who was the Governor of New York at the time, received the award during the 2020 ceremony for his daily briefings during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, which the International Academy said "effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure".[36][32] However, shortly after Cuomo's resignation on August 24, 2021, following a report by the state attorney general into allegations of sexual harassment, the academy rescinded his award.[33]


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  3. ^ "Cousteau, Canadian show win International Emmy". Spokane Chronicle. 24 November 1987. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  4. ^ "EMMY AWARDS: Winners of the world awards". New Straits Times. 24 November 1988. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ "1991 INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS BESTOWED IN NEW YORK". Associated Press. 26 November 1991. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  6. ^ "U.K. in winner's circle at 19th Int'l Emmys". Variety. 23 November 1992. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  7. ^ "BBC WINS TWO INTERNATIONAL EMMYS". 23 November 1993. Archived from the original on 23 August 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Ustinov back to host int'l Emmys". Variety. 29 October 1995. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Reg Grundy to receive Raymond Longford award". 8 December 2010. Archived from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  10. ^ "INTERNATIONAL EMMYS HONOR TOP TV SHOWS OUTSIDE U.S." 24 November 1997. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  11. ^ "Halmi wins International Emmy Awards". 21 July 1998. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Int'l Emmys to fete Hieda". Variety. 17 June 1999. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  13. ^ "John Hendricks, presidente de Discovery, recibe un Emmy Internacional". El País. 22 November 2000. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Brits a big hit at Int'l Emmys". Variety. 27 November 2001. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Sony's Stringer to stay". Variety. 9 October 2002. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Int'l Emmys Plan Special Nods for HBO, BBC's Dyke". 25 March 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  17. ^ "MTV International, Herbert Kloiber, Len Mauger to receive Emmy's Special Award". 30 March 2004. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Oprah honored at International Emmys". USA Today. Associated Press. 22 November 2005. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Steven Spielberg Honored at International Emmy Awards". Fox News. Associated Press. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  20. ^ CHARLES J. GANS (18 November 2007). "International Emmys to Honor Al Gore". The Washington Post. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  21. ^ "International Emmys honor Dick Wolf". The Hollywood Reporter. 10 November 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  22. ^ "International Emmys to honor David Frost". The Hollywood Reporter. 22 November 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  23. ^ "Simon Cowell honoured with Emmy". BBC News. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  24. ^ "Lady Gaga Presents Nigel Lythgoe With International Emmy Award". The Hollywood Reporter. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  25. ^ "'Glee' Producer Ryan Murphy To Receive International Emmy Founders Award". 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  26. ^ 20 de novembro de 2012. "40th International Emmys honor Alan Alda, Norman Lear". CBS News. Retrieved 23 February 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  27. ^ "International Emmys to honor J. J. Abrams". Yahoo!. Associated Press. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  28. ^ "'Mad Men's' Matthew Weiner to Receive International Emmy Founders Award". Variety. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  29. ^ "Julian Fellowes to Receive International Emmy Founders Award". Variety. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  30. ^ a b Madani, Doha (October 31, 2017). "Kevin Spacey's Emmy Honor Rescinded After Sexual Harassment Allegation". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on November 12, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  31. ^ "Greg Berlanti to Receive 2018 International Emmy Founders Award". Variety. 2018-04-09. Archived from the original on 2022-11-15.
  32. ^ a b Dwyer, Colin (2020-11-21). "Andrew Cuomo To Receive International Emmy For 'Masterful' COVID-19 Briefings". Retrieved 2020-12-22.
  33. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 24, 2021). "Andrew Cuomo Gets International Emmy Award Rescinded Following Sexual Harassment Allegations & Resignation". Deadline. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  34. ^ "AVA DuVERNAY TO RECEIVE 2022 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® FOUNDERS AWARD – International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences". Retrieved 2023-05-03.
  35. ^ Intl Emmy Awards [@iemmys] (October 30, 2017). "The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award" (Tweet). Archived from the original on October 31, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017 – via Twitter.
  36. ^ "2020 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® WINNERS ANNOUNCED LIVE AT CEREMONY HELD FROM NEW YORK CITY". International Academy. Archived from the original on 11 April 2021. Retrieved 25 August 2021. Bruce Paisner presented Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York with the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award for his exceptional use of television for Public service during the Covid-19 pandemic. Joining him were fellow New Yorkers Billy Joel, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Rosie Perez and Ben Stiller, who recorded special congratulatory messages.
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