RICARDO B. SALINAS, FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN OF MEXICO’S AZTECA TO CHAIR 40th INTERNATIONAL EMMY® AWARDS GALA

AZTECA WILL ALSO KICK-OFF THE NOMINEES’ CELEBRATION BY HOSTING THE INTERNATIONAL EMMY® WORLD TELEVISION FESTIVAL OPENING COCKTAIL AT THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY


 
New York, August 13, 2012 – Ricardo B. Salinas, Founder & Chairman of Mexico’s Azteca television network and a Director of the International Academy, will serve as Gala Chair for the 40th International Emmy Awards Gala, which will take place Monday, November 19th, in New York City, announced Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

 
Mr. Salinas will preside at the Gala and welcome guests at the beginning of the program. During the Gala, the International Academy will present Emmys in nine program categories as well as two special awards. Glee Creator Ryan Murphy, will receive the 2012 International Emmy Founders Award while Korean Broadcasting System President & CEO, Dr. Kim In-Kyu, will receive the 2012 International Emmy Directorate Award. A special event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the International Emmy Awards will be announced this Fall.
 
“Ricardo Salinas is an outstanding entrepreneur, philanthropist, and media visionary,” said Mr. Paisner. “We are delighted that he and his company, Azteca, will be a key part of our 40th anniversary celebrations.”  
 
The Opening Reception for the International Emmy World Television Festival will be hosted by Mr. Salinas and Azteca and will take place at the newly remodeled New York Historical Society building at Central Park West and 77th Street.
 
“We look forward to this year’s International Emmy events and furthering international cooperation in the broadcasting and entertainment industry,” said Mr. Salinas.  
 
Azteca controls two national networks, Azteca 7 and Azteca 13; the cultural channel Proyecto 40; Azteca International and Azteca America, which serves the U.S. Hispanic community since 2001. Azteca America currently has local affiliated stations in over 79 cities in which 91% of the U.S. Latino population resides. Mr. Salinas is additionally the founder and chairman of Grupo Salinas, a management forum that also includes Latin American retailer Grupo Elektra, micro-credit institution Banco Azteca, wireless communications company Grupo Iusacell and the social action organization Fundación Azteca, among others. Grupo Salinas currently employs over 80,000 people in ten countries. Grupo Salinas is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, building the Mexican middle class, and improving society through excellence.
 
The 2012 International Emmy® Nominees will be announced at a press conference in Cannes, at Mipcom on Monday, October 8, 2012. This year’s sponsors, to date, include:  Deluxe, DoriMedia, Ernst & Young, Globo TV, Microsoft, Phoenix Satellite Television, Reed Midem, Sofitel New York Hotel and Variety.
 
The International Emmy World Television Festival Opening Cocktail, hosted by Azteca, will take place Friday, November 16th at The New York Historical Society. The Festival which takes place at the NY Sofitel Hotel, will run from Saturday, November 17th to Sunday, November 18th.

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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