Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is to be honoured for his contribution to TV at the upcoming International Emmy Awards. The writer/producer/director will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients including Glee boss Ryan Murphy and Lost creator J.J. Abrams when he receives the International Emmy Founders Award at the prizegiving gala later this year (14).
Bruce L. Paisner, president of the International Academy of Television Arts & Science, the body behind the International Emmys, credits Weiner's work on Mad Men with reinventing period dramas on the small screen.
He says in a statement, "With Mad Men, Matthew Weiner redefined period television and created a global cultural phenomenon that has dramatically changed the television landscape. We look forward to honouring his creative talent with our Founders Award, a few weeks before the final episodes of this great series."
The award will be handed out at the 42nd International Emmy Awards Gala on 24 November (14) in New York City, just weeks before the final episodes of Mad Men are due to air in the U.S. in early 2015.
The show, starring Jon Hamm as a New York advertising executive in the 1960s, has been on air since 2007.
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is set to be honoured with a prestigious prize at the upcoming International Emmy Awards. The filmmaker, who has produced a number of popular U.S. TV shows, such as Lost, Fringe and Person of Interest, will receive the special Founders Award during the 41st annual ceremony in New York on 25 November (13). Executive Bruce L. Paisner tells Deadline.com, "J.J. Abrams is a master of all forms of entertainment who has made an indelible mark on our global culture.
Even at this comparatively early stage of his career, he has earned this international recognition and we look forward to presenting the Founders Award to him." And the 46 year old insists he's beyond thrilled to be recognised, adding, "I am deeply grateful to Mr. Paisner and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for this honour, and will thank them, perhaps to an embarrassing degree, in person, in November." Abrams joins a long list of stars who have previously accepted the trophy, among them Steven Spielberg, Dick Wolf and Simon Cowell.
M*A*S*H star Alda and All in the Family creator Lear will pick up special Founders Awards during a star-studded ceremony in New York City on 19 November (12).
President of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Bruce L. Paisner, tells TheWrap.com, "It is with great pride, on the 40th anniversary of the first gala, that the International Academy salutes these two industry legends, whose work has helped make us and television all that we are today."
Glee creator Ryan Murphy will also receive a Founders Award trophy.
Murphy will receive the International Emmy Founders Award at a New York gala on 19 November (10) in recognition of his TV shows, which also include American Horror Story and upcoming sitcom The New Normal.
The director/producer has been nominated for seven Emmy trophies in the past, while his shows, including medical drama Nip/Tuck, have nabbed 69 nominations in total.
Bruce L. Paisner, President of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, says, "Throughout his career, Ryan Murphy has masterfully redefined storytelling to create unprecedented atmospheres and characters that celebrate human difference, be it dark, as in Nip/Tuck, or hopeful, as in Glee. We are looking forward to recognising his creative accomplishments."