International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

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International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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Founded 1969
  • New York, United States
Area served Television industry
Product(s) International Emmy Awards

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is an organization of global broadcasters, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. Sixty percent of the Board of Directors come from countries outside of the United States, and represents the world's largest production, distribution and broadcast companies.

The Academy was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television programming and is the organization that presents the International Emmy Award to the best television programmes produced, and initially aired, outside the U.S. There are fifteen programme categories for the International Emmy Awards: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actor; Best Performance by an Actress; Children & Young People; Comedy; Current Affairs; Documentary; Drama Series; Interactive Channel; Interactive Program; Interactive TV Service; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; and TV Movie/Mini-Series.

The awards are presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala, held each year in November at the Hilton Hotel, New York City, which attracts over 1,200 television professionals.

As well as the Gala, the International Academy also produces the International Emmy World Television Festival. The Television Festival screens the current year's International Emmy-nominated programmes and features producers and directors who speak about their work.

The Academy's Foundation also presents the annual Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for young television writers.

In 2010 Simon Cowell was presented with an International Emmy Founders Award.[1] Other notable winners include: Sir David Frost,[2] and Steven Spielberg.[3]


  1. ^ Deans, Jason (2010-11-23). "Rupert Murdoch gives Simon Cowell an International Emmy". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Brits Dominate International Emmy Awards". The Daily Mail. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "British Shows Sweep World Emmys". BBC News. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 

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