ALAN CUMMING TO HOST INTERNATIONAL EMMY® AWARDS GALA IN NEW YORK, ON NOVEMBER 21
NEW YORK, August 15, 2016 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that world renowned Theater, Film and Television actor Alan Cumming will host the International Emmy® Awards Gala, on Monday, November 21, 2016 in New York.
“Alan Cumming is a master artist, actor, author, and entertainer who for the last thirty years, has been continually taking his craft to new heights. We are proud to have this multi-talented performer as our host this year.” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”
Alan Cumming is beyond eclectic. He was an award-winning Hamlet, and he had his own talk show. He was a tour de force solo Macbeth and he voiced a Smurf, twice. He shot a video portrait with Robert Wilson, and recorded a duet with Liza Minnelli. He made back to back films with Stanley Kubrick and the Spice Girls. He appeared in a Jay Z video and he wrote a #1 New York Times bestselling memoir. Alan Cumming trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After leaving the Academy he quickly found himself celebrated in his homeland for both his television work (including the Scottish soap Take The High Road) and his stand-up comedy (the legendary Victor and Barry, which he wrote and performed with drama school pal Forbes Masson).
In 1998, Cabaret opened on Broadway and Alan was instantly embraced by New York City, and heralded for his stunning performance as the Master of Ceremonies. He won The Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, NY Press, Theater World, FANY and New York Public Advocate’s awards for his work, but for him the biggest prize was finding his new home.
“As someone who believes it is important to reach out and embrace different cultures and their stories, and who revels in the diversity and richness of working all over the world, I couldn’t be happier to join the celebration of international excellence that is the International Emmys.” said Alan Cumming.
His many television appearances include Sex and the City, Frasier, The L Word, Reefer Madness and Tin Man. He played Eli Gold in seven seasons of the CBS series The Good Wife, for which he has received multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, SAG, Critic’s Circle and Satellite Awards nominations. Alan’s activism and passion for various civil rights and sex education causes has earned him many humanitarian awards from AMFAR, Human Rights Campaign, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, GLAAD and the Trevor Project, to name but a few.
Over 1000 international media and entertainment executives convene in New York each year for the International Emmy® Awards Gala. In addition to the presentation of Emmy® Awards for programming, the Academy will present two special awards.As previously announced Shonda Rhimes, the Writer, Executive Producer and Creator behind global hit series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Private Practice and How to Get Away with Murder will receive the 2016 International Emmy® 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, will receive the 2016 International Emmy® Directorate Award.
This year’s Gala partners are: Phoenix Satellite Television, Globo, Dori Media Group, Semba, Ernst & Young, Deluxe, Mipcom, Sofitel Luxury Hotels 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 www.iemmys.tv
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