I-Academy exec ankles

Leclere leaves senior veep post

Georges Leclere, senior VP for international outreach at the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will ankle his post at the end of the year to become a consultant to various overseas TV companies.

He will be nominated for election as an I-Academy Fellow at the org’s board meeting today and remain a consultant to the I-Academy in 2007.

Announcement of Leclere’s departure came on the eve of the I-Emmy awards weekend and tonight’s gala, in which foreign TV programs in various categories are honored.

Leclere, who is a French native, has been actively involved in the I-Emmy activities for almost a decade.

Leclere told Daily Variety that television is changing more rapidly and in more complex ways than ever before, and he plans to focus his attention in the next year on what those changes may mean for the international TV biz. He will remain based in New York.

Leclere joined the I-Academy as executive director in 1998. Before that, he was head of television at the U.N. in New York for seven years. He also spent 15 years as a journalist and news anchor in France.”It has been a pleasure for me to work with Georges these past three years, and I look forward to calling upon his special expertise in the future,” said Camille Bidermann-Roizen, senior VP and executive director of the I-Academy.

Leclere will not be specifically replaced at the I-Academy.

The I-Academy is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from 70 countries and 400 companies. Some 1,100 execs from around the world are expected tonight for the 34th annual I-Emmy awards presentation at the New York Hilton.

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