NEW YORK, July 18, 2016 – Adriana Cisneros, Chief Executive Officer of Cisneros, the parent company of Cisneros Media, which includes Cisneros Studios, Cisneros Media Distribution and Venezuelan TV network Venevision, Miss Venezuela and Mobius.Lab- will serve as Gala Chair for the 44th International Emmy® Awards, which will take place on Monday, November 21, 2016 in New York City.

Ms. Cisneros will preside over the Gala, during which the International Academy will recognize programming in ten program categories and present Special Awards to Shonda Rhimes, the Writer, Executive Producer and Creator behind global hit series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder and The Catch (Founders Award) and Maria Rørbye Rønn, the Chief Executive Officer & Director General of Danish Broadcasting Corporation, which pioneered and drove the success of Nordic Noir drama around the world (Directorate Award).

“Adriana is a visionary leader- with a keen handle on Cisneros’ digital strategy and all innovations in the media space,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We have been fortunate to have her counsel as an Executive Committee Member of the Academy for many years and we are delighted to have her Chair our International Emmy Awards Gala this year.”

“It’s an honor for me to be part of an organization that showcases excellence in international television from around the world and to Chair the International Emmy Awards Gala this year, said Adriana Cisneros. “For a Latin American media company like Cisneros- which is constantly at the crossroads of multiple cultures and artistic sensitivities- it’s truly wonderful to see and recognize all the outstanding programming being produced around the world”, said Adriana Cisneros.

Adriana Cisneros was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cisneros- a third generation family owned and operated business with a global footprint and operations in Latin America and the United States- in September 2013. The company has three areas of focus: Media, Interactive and Real Estate. Adriana is also President of Fundaciòn Cisneros, the family’s educational not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving education in Latin America. She is the daughter of Gustavo Cisneros, the company’s Chairman, and granddaughter of Diego Cisneros, who founded the business in 1929.

Cisneros Media creates, produces and distributes entertainment content across platforms worldwide. With over 60 years at the forefront of the industry and 30,000 hours of programming, today the company distributes content in over 100 countries and 20 languages. The organizations’ units are: Venevision, the leading TV network in Venezuela; Cisneros Media Distribution; a group of cable channels reaching 25 million subscribers in Latin America and the Caribbean; Cisneros Studios, the largest independent producer of Spanish-language programming in the United States; Miss Venezuela organization and Mobius Lab Productions.

The 2016 International Emmy® Nominees will be announced late September.  This year’s sponsors, to date, include, 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 held in New York, The International Emmy® Kids 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 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


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