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.