Cannes, MIPTV April 7, 2008 — Dick Wolf, one of television’s most prolific writer/producers and the architect of the Law & Order brand, will receive the 2008 International Emmy® Founders Award. International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner, announced today that Mr. Wolf will accept the Award at the 36th International Emmy® Awards Gala, on November 24, 2008 in New York City. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of broadcasters in the world, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies, and each year presents the International Emmy® Founders Award to an individual or organization which crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.

“Dick Wolf’s classic television series have transcended cultural boundaries for the last 25 years. Law & Order is the longest-running drama series currently on American television and a major international success with brand licenses in more than 300 territories and localized versions in France, Russia and the UK,” said Paisner. “We are proud to be presenting him with the 2008 Founders Award in recognition of his creative accomplishments.”

Law & Order, just renewed for its 19th season on NBC, won the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy® in 1997 and is tied (with Cheers and M*A*S*H) for the consecutive Outstanding Series nomination record at 12. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is entering its 10th season on NBC and Law & Order: Criminal Intent is currently in its 7th season, with a unique dual USA Network/NBC broadcast window. Wolf’s illustrious credits also include television classics Hill-Street Blues, L.A. Dragnet, Miami Vice and more recently, the critically-acclaimed and multiple Emmy-Award winning (including Outstanding Made for Television Movie) HBO original movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  

“This is a true honor,” Wolf said. “The world of television is becoming increasingly more global and I am grateful that The International Academy is recognizing the impact of the Law & Order brand around the world.”

Not only has Wolf left his mark on the small screen, he’s taken his talents to the big screen as well. He won an Academy Award in 2003 for Twin Towers, a documentary about two brothers, a policeman and fireman who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11. Adding to Wolf’s many accolades; he received the ultimate in top honors when he received a star on Hollywood’s world-famous Walk of Fame in March 2007.

About The International Academy

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of broadcasters in the world, with over 550 members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. The Academy is a unique, independent organization comprised of the world’s leading television and media decision-makers who come together to exchange ideas, discuss common issues and promote new strategies for the future development of quality global television programming. The Academy organizes yearly, a series of events for its members and their guests which include board meetings, panels and presentations. The International Emmy® World Television Festival which traditionally takes place the weekend before the International Emmy® Awards Gala, features unique screenings, panels and presentations from around the world. The International Emmy® Awards Gala, held each November in New York City, attracts over 1,000 international figures in broadcast, entertainment and media. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States, and it presents the International Emmy® Award to programs in fifteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Children & Young People; Comedy; Current Affairs; Documentary; Drama Series; Interactive Channel; Interactive Program; Interactive TV Service; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; and TV Movie/Mini-Series. More information can be found online at www.iemmys.tv.

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