Int'l Emmys Plan Special Nods for HBO, BBC's Dyke

The International Emmy Awards will honor HBO and BBC director general Greg Dyke at its annual trophy show in November.

HBO will receive the International Emmy Founders Award, and Dyke will be given the International Emmy Directorate Award. The announcement was made Monday at MIPTV in Cannes.

The Founders Award celebrates the accomplishments of an individual or company whose work is recognized throughout the world as embodying the vision of the founders of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, crossing cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity. It is primarily an award for creative achievement and is not necessarily presented annually. Past recipients of this award include Howard Stringer, CEO of Sony Corporation of America; "Film on Four" from the U.K.'s Channel 4; John Hendricks, founder and CEO of Discovery; Robert Halmi Sr.; Bill Cosby; Jacques-Yves Cousteau; David Attenborough; and Jim Henson.

"HBO and its creative leaders have changed the landscape of television, setting an example for the world in programming innovation and raising the bar for the industry in program trends," said Bruce Paisner, chairman of the International TV Academy and president of Hearst Entertainment. "The International TV Academy is very pleased to recognize this unique and forward-thinking organization."

The Directorate Award is presented to organizations or individuals in management, administration, engineering, news, programming and/or international relations for outstanding contributions over a period of time to the arts and sciences of international television.

"Greg Dyke is an exceptional leader in the global television industry, with a vision to the future," said Fred Cohen, president of the International TV Academy. "His accomplishments personify the International Emmy Award, which recognizes excellence in global television. The International TV Academy is very pleased to honor his many contributions to the art and science of international television."

Dyke became director general of the BBC in January 2000, having joined the previous year as deputy director general and director general designate. He has had a long and distinguished career in British television, served in such leading executive roles as group chief executive of London Weekend Television, chief executive of Pearson Television and chairman of Channel 5.

Both honors will be given out at the 31st International Emmy Awards on Nov. 24 in New York.