Trophy to be given at International Emmys gala

Al Gore will be honored with the Founders Award at the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ annual I-Emmy gala in New York this November.

Nod, considered one of the top honors in the global TV biz, will recognize the former vice president’s role in launching the cable channel Current TV as well as his ongoing efforts to alert the world to global warming.

“The I-Academy presents the Founders Award to an individual or organization which crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity — how perfect a definition for Al Gore,” said I-Academy prexy-CEO Bruce Paisner, who is also the head of Hearst Entertainment.

As VP, Gore led administration policies on telecommunications and championed the environment and the growth of the Internet. In August 2005, he co-founded Current TV, the first cable outlet created by, for and with young adults. It reaches 50 million households worldwide.

Gore will accept the trophy Nov. 19 at the 35th Intl. Emmy awards ceremony, which also honors foreign TV programming in various categories.

Past recipients of the Founders Award include Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

Founded in 1969, the I-Academy is the largest organization of broadcasters in the world, with members from 70 countries and from 400 media companies.

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