International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

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International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
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Abbreviation IATAS
Founded 1969
Area served
International television industry
Product International Emmy Awards
Bruce Paisner
Mission Recognize excellence in television production produced outside the U.S.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television and is the organization that awards international Emmys to the best television programs produced outside the United States.[1]

It is part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; however, it operates under its own Board of Directors with a global focus. Every November, The International Academy produces the EMMYS Festival and International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City. The iEMMYS Festival screens the current year International Emmy nominated program with producers and directors in attendance.


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during the opening of the International Academy Day 2015, an annual event created by the Academy held in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The Academy is an organization of global broadcasters, with members from over 60 countries and over 500 companies. Sixty percent of the Board of Directors come from countries outside of the United States, and represents the world's largest production, distribution and broadcast companies. Was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television programming and is the organization that presents the International Emmy Awards to the best television programmes produced, and initially aired, outside the U.S. There are twenty program categories for the International Emmy Awards. The International Academy also recognizes US primetime programming produced 50% or more in non-English languages, with a new category added to the 2014 International Emmy Awards competition.[2] The awards are presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala, held each year in November at the Hilton Hotel, New York City, which attracts over 1,200 television professionals.

As well as the Gala, the International Academy also produces the International Emmy World Television Festival. The Television Festival screens the current year's International Emmy-nominated programs and features producers and directors who speak about their work.

The International Emmy Kids Awards were launched in 2013 and is held annually in February in New York City. The International Digital Emmy Awards take place at MIPTV every April in Cannes.


  • Current Affairs
  • News
  • Digital Program: Children & Young People
  • Digital Program: Fiction
  • Digital Program: Non-Fiction
  • Kids: Animation
  • Kids: Factual
  • Kids: Preschool
  • Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment
  • Kids: Series
  • Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series

The Academy's Foundation also presents the annual Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for young television writers. In 2013 J.J. Abrams was presented with an International Emmy Founders Award and Anke Schäferkordt was presented with an International Emmy Directorate Award.

Other notable winners include: Sir David Frost,[3] and Steven Spielberg.[4]

See also


  1. Steve Boogar. "BoogarLists | Directory of Industry Associations". Retrieved 2015-03-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Telemundo’s ‘El Señor de los Cielos’ Wins First-Ever International Emmy for Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program | TV By The Numbers by | Page 332190". Retrieved 2015-12-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Brits Dominate International Emmy Awards". The Daily Mail. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2011-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "British Shows Sweep World Emmys". BBC News. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2011-03-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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