New York, July 2, 2018 – Sophie Turner Laing , CEO of Endemol Shine Group will receive the International Academy’s 2018 Directorate Emmy® Award, it was announced today by Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The International Academy’s Special Emmy will be presented to Turner Laing at the 46th International Emmy® Awards Gala, on Monday, November 19, in New York City.

Turner Laing overseas Endemol Shine Group’s network of more than 120 creative production companies in 23 markets, responsible for global hits including Big Brother, MasterChef, Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror and last year producing in over 50 languages.

Before taking up her current role in 2014, Turner Laing held a number of senior positions at Sky in the UK, including Managing Director, Content. Before joining Sky, she served in a variety of roles at the BBC including Acting Director of Television. Turner Laing began her career in the global market place, first with Henson International Television before jointly setting up HIT Entertainment in 1989.

“Sophie Turner Laing’s career is exemplary in every respect. From co-founding HIT Entertainment in 1989, to leading roles at the BBC, Sky and now Endemol Shine, she has time and time again made her mark on our industry.,” said Bruce L. Paisner. “We are looking forward to recognizing her visionary leadership and unyielding passion for the world’s best production talent, at our Gala in November.”

Sophie Turner Laing said: “I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to be recognised by the Academy. I have been very fortunate to work with brilliant teams throughout my career, none more so than at Endemol Shine, and so I’d like to also thank them for their large part in making this happen.”

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

About Endemol Shine Group

Endemol Shine Group is a global production powerhouse creating world-class content for all platforms including global hits Black Mirror, Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, Humans, Hunted, Masterchef, Peaky Blinders, The Island, The Brain, Tin Star and Your Face Sounds Familiar. The company is behind new entertainment formats such as All Together Now which is rolling out internationally having sold to Australia, Brazil, France and Germany and commissioned for a second run on BBC One in the UK; Big Bounce Battle which has been ordered for a second series by RTL Germany and Family Food Fight, created in Australia where a second series has been ordered and is to be adapted in the US with ABC. Last year Endemol Shine Group produced more than 800 productions, in 79 territories airing on more than 287 channels around the world.

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