Abbe Raven, Chairman A+E Networks, to join the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Executive Committee

NEW YORK, December 18, 2013 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that Abbe Raven, Chairman A+E Networks was appointed as Executive Committee Member by International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner.

“We’re delighted to have Abbe Raven join our Executive Committee,” said Paisner. “She brings great knowledge and experience to the table and will provide valuable guidance for the Academy.”

Abbe Raven is Chairman, A+E Networks, encompassing A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN®, bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™, as well as A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International®, A+E Networks Digital® and A+E Networks Consumer Products®. Elevated to this newly created position in April 2013, Ms. Raven serves as strategic corporate business advisor, spearheading long-term business and revenue strategy as well as initiating public policy efforts.

Prior to this position, Raven led A+E Networks as President and Chief Executive Officer, tripling its earnings and expanding its global portfolio since March 2005. She also oversaw the company’s strategic merger with Lifetime Television in 2009. Under Raven’s leadership, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming have grown to reach more than 350 million households in over 150 countries. During her tenure at A+E Networks, Raven has been honored for building some of the most prominent and highly valued cable networks and for standing at the forefront of numerous industry-wide initiatives.

Raven has been a Director on the Academy’s Board since June 2005. Her term as Executive Committee Member starts January 1, 2014.

The Academy’s Executive Committee includes: Chairman Fred Cohen, Secretary Simon Sutton (President, HBO International & Content Distribution), Treasurer Blair Westlake (Corp. VP, Media & Entertainment Group, Microsoft Corporation; Larry Gershman, Vice-Chairman & Chairman Emmy Committee (CEO, World International Network); Rainer Siek, Nominating Committee Chairman (President, M.T.NY); Kevin Beggs Co-Chairman of the Special Awards Committee (Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group); Ralph Baruch, Adriana Cisneros, CEO, Cisneros and Camille Bidermann Roizen Executive Director, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

About the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents International Emmy® Awardsin the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series. The International Academy also recognizes Non-English Language US Primetime Programs, with a new Emmy category added to the 2014 International Emmy® Awards competition. 2014 Rules & Regulations at


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