NEW YORK, February 16, 2010 – Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced that Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision has been appointed to The Academy’s Executive Committee. As Director of BBC Vision, Bennett heads the BBC Television channels and leads the program commissioning teams.

“I am personally so delighted that Jana Bennett is joining our Executive Committee,” said Paisner. “Her creative and business savvy, across all sectors of our industry, will be a great asset to The Academy”.

“It’s an honor to accept The Academy’s invitation,” said Jana Bennett. “To be asked to be part of an organization that champions the very best creative and original ideas across the world is a real privilege”.

Jana Bennett is in charge of BBC Television: BBC One, Two, Three, Four, HD and the Children’s services, CBBC and CBeebies. She sets the budget, commissioning and program priorities across all the channels. In addition, she oversees the groups that commission and produce drama, comedy, entertainment and factual programs, including digital media for online content. Jana also heads BBC Films, a leading funder of the film industry in Britain. In addition, she has overall responsibility for BBC Archive Content and editorial management of UKTV and BBC America.
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 50 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 Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® 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 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 fifteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Children & Young People; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv.

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