Dieter Stolte, the director general of German pubcaster ZDF, will receive the Directorate Award of the Intl. Council of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award will be presented at the 25th annual Intl. Emmy Awards gala Nov. 24 in New York.
The Directorate Award honors individuals or organizations for their outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences of international television. Stolte has been director general of ZDF since 1982 and recently was re-elected for an unprecedented fourth term, bringing his administration to a total of 20 years by 2002. He will be the longest-serving director general of any major broadcaster in Europe.
Under Stolte’s stewardship, ZDF has been very active internationally, establishing co-production joint ventures and satellite partnerships.
Previous recipients of the award include Disney Intl. TV chairman Herb Granath and former Canal Plus chairman Andre Rousselet.