ABS-CBN President, CEO & CCO Charo Santos-Concio to Chair 43rd International Emmy® Awards Gala

NEW YORK, August 25, 2015 – Charo Santos-Concio, President, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Phillipines’ media and entertainment conglomerate will serve as Gala Chair for the 43rd International Emmy® Awards, which will take place on Monday, November 23, 2015 in New York City.
 
Ms. Santos-Concio will preside over the Gala, during which the International Academy will recognize programming in ten program categories and present Special Awards to Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of Downton Abbey (Founders Award) and Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO of HBO (Directorate Award). As previously announced, the awards ceremony will be hosted by Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, former host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg (“the Program”).
 
“Ms. Charo Santos-Concio is an internationally respected broadcast producer and executive who has spearheaded the growth of her organization to a leading position in the Philippines and the region beyond,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We are delighted to have her Chair our 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala.”
 
Ms. Santos-Concio said, “Viewing habits of TV audiences worldwide have changed in recent years, but what has not changed is the passion of creators to produce excellent, meaningful, and transformative content in different platforms that resonates with people and what the International Emmy Awards celebrates annually. I am honored to chair this year’s Gala that brings together and recognizes the achievements of these extraordinary individuals from across the globe.”
 
Maria Rosario “Charo” Santos-Concio was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS-CBN in 2008 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. And in 2014, she won Gold Stevie Awards at the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards. She was also named Asian Media Woman of the Year by ContentAsia, a premier information resource that covers the entertainment media industry across Asia-Pacific region.
 
Onscreen, Ms. Santos-Concio hosts ABS-CBN’s longest-running drama anthology “Maalala Mo Kaya” (Remembering). She began her career as an actress and won Best Actress in the 1977 Asian Film Festival for her performance in the film “Itim” (Black). She joined ABS-CBN as a Television Production Consultant in 1987 after working as a line producer for a number of prestigious film production companies. She also worked as a Film Production Manager for the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, which produced some of the country’s best films. Ms. Santos-Concio is a recipient of many cinema and broadcast industry-related awards over the years. She graduated cum laude from St. Paul’s College in Manila with a Communications Arts degree. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007.

The 2015 International Emmy® Nominees will be announced at a press conference in Cannes at Mipcom on Monday, October 5, 2015.  This year’s sponsors, to date, include, Deluxe, Dori Media, Ernst & Young, Globo, Mipcom, Phoenix Satellite Television, Semba, Sofitel and Variety.

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 60 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 and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awardsat MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances, Kids programming and Digital. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv.  

 

About ABS-CBN
ABS-CBN Corporation is the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment organization. The Company is primarily involved in television and radio broadcasting, as well as in the production of television and radio programming for domestic and international audiences and other related businesses. ABS-CBN produces a wide variety of engaging world-class entertainment programs in multiple genres and balanced, credible news programs that are aired on free-to-air television. The company is also one of the leading radio broadcasters, operating eighteen radio stations throughout the key cities of the Philippines. ABS-CBN provides news and entertainment programming for eight channels on cable TV and operates the country’s largest cable TV service provider. The Company also owns the leading cinema and music production and distribution outfits in the country. It brings its content to worldwide audiences via cable, satellite, online and mobile. In addition, ABS-CBN has business interests in merchandising and licensing, mobile and online multimedia services, glossy magazine publishing, video and audio post production, overseas telecommunication services, money remittance, cargo forwarding, TV shopping services, theme park development and management, property management and food and restaurant services, all of which complement and enhance the Company’s strength in content production and distribution. The Company is also the first TV network in the country to broadcast in digital. In 2015, it commercially rolled out its digital TV box, ABS-CBN TV plus, to prepare for the country’s switch to digital TV.

MEDIA CONTACTS

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
Tel: +1-212-489-6969
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NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® AWARDS

8 NOMINEES SPAN 7 COUNTRIES ON 4 CONTINENTS
FIRST TIME NOMINATIONS FOR NEWS COVERAGE FROM INDIA AND MALAYSIA

NEW YORK, August 6, 2015 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 2015 News & Current Affairs categories. Winners will be announced in New York on September 28, at a Ceremony at David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The international winners will be recognized alongside their American news and documentary peers.
 
The 8 Nominees span 7 countries on 4 continents. The countries are: Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. This is the first time that India is nominated in the News category and Malaysia is nominated in the Current Affairs category.
 
“With an increasingly accelerated news cycle and competition for audiences on a global scale, the high-quality, reliable news coverage exemplified in our 2015 Nominees has never been more in demand.” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
 
The full list of nominees follows.

2015 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® AWARDS NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS NOMINEES:

NEWS

The Buck Stops Here – Srinagar Floods Coverage
New Delhi Television Limited (NDTV)
India

When floods ravaged Srinagar, Barkha Dutt anchored the scenes of unfolding tragedy. Her ground reports, interviews, and discussions highlighted the extent of devastation, the helplessness of residents, and the role of the Army – often criticized for its presence in Kashmir, now at the heart of rescue efforts.
 

CBC News: The National – The Ebola Effect (Ebola Outbreak in West Africa)
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Canada

By the fall of 2014, the deadly Ebola virus had swept viciously through West Africa, generating a tide of fear around the globe. CBC dispatched a crew to the overwhelmed capital of Liberia.
 

De Dag van Nationale Rouw (The National Day of Mourning)
NOS Broadcasting Organization
Netherlands

Only 22 hours after the Dutch Government declared July 23rd as National Day of Mourning for the victims of the MH 17 crash, the NOS prepared a live broadcast.
 

Jornal Hoje and Jornal Nacional – The Death of Eduardo Campos
TV GLOBO
Brazil

One of the leading candidates in one of the closest presidential elections in Brazilian history died in a plane crash just two months before the polls opened. Jornal Nacional covered the repercussions as well as the investigation over the following days.
 
 
 
CURRENT AFFAIRS
 

Stray Bullets
101 East / Al Jazeera English
Malaysia

Liberal gun laws, a thriving black market and rampant corruption have put almost four million guns – both legal and illegal – on the streets of the Philippines. This investigation ventures deep into the crime-ridden neighborhoods of the Philippines and explores the nation’s dangerous addiction to guns.
 

Dispatches: Children on the Frontline – Children of Aleppo
ITN Productions
United Kingdom

This Dispatches documentary tells the story of five young children whose lives have been changed forever by the war in Syria. We meet young sisters Helen, Farah and Sara, and their brother Mohammed, whose father is a rebel commander in Aleppo. We also learn the story of Aboude, a singer and poster boy for the Syrian uprising.
 

ZDFzoom: Das Fussball-Imperium (ZDFzoom: The Soccer Empire – The Dealings of FIFA)
ZDF German Television
Germany

Corruption in FIFA doesn’t sound new, but ZDFzoom reporter Markus Harm reveals very disturbing facts about the world’s most significant sports organization. In his film FIFA-The Soccer Empire, he gains insight into hidden documents and confronts FIFA bosses with his findings.
 

GloboNews Documentário – Torre de David (Tower of David)
GloboNews
Brazil

4,000 people occupied an unfinished 45-story skyscraper in Caracas. They lived in the tallest vertical slum in the world for seven years. The characters’ stories illustrate the Venezuelan reality. Violence, social issues and politics are embedded in their daily reality.
 

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 60 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 and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awardsat 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 The International Emmy® Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv. The International Academy also recognizes US primetime programming produced 50% or more in non-English languages, with a new category added to the 2014 International Emmy® Awards competition.
 

MEDIA CONTACTS

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
Tel: +1-212-489-6969
[email protected]

The Lippin Group
Don Ciaramella
Tel: +1-212-986-7080
[email protected]