Cohen tops NATAS council

Exec to o'see operation and management

NEW YORK — King World Intl. prexy Fred Cohen has been named president of the Intl. Council of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, succeeding Kay Koplovitz.

“I want … the Intl. Council to be even more responsive to our overseas members,” Cohen said. “And for next year’s Emmy gala, I want to work on a completely new format, with different ways to present the awards to have an even more meaningful evening.”

Previously treasurer of the org and a member for 15 years, Cohen will now be responsible for the operation and management of the Intl. Council. Cohen’s appointment was expected.

Goals for the coming year under Cohen’s leadership include focusing on the impact of the Internet and new media upon television worldwide and strengthening the org’s international presence.

Previous prexy Kay Koplovitz was recently named CEO of Working Woman Network and chairman of Broadway Television Network.

The Intl. Council of NATAS was formed in 1969 to honor excellence in international television programming via the Intl. Emmy Award. The org’s 90-member international board of directors meets every six weeks to discuss developments in television and address current issues.

In 1999, the council held its inaugural IEmmys Festival, which showcased the nominees for the Intl. Emmy Award. Members of the council include chair Bruce Paisner, prexy of Hearst Entertainment; Blair Westlake, chairman of Universal Television & Networks Group; Bob Friedman, prexy of New Line Television and co-chairman of distribution for New Line Cinema; Tom Rogers, chairman and CEO of Primedia; and Daily Variety publisher Gerry Byrne.

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