Producer to receive Founders Award

CANNES — Dick Wolf will be honored with the Founders Award at the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences I-Emmy gala in New York in November.

Nod will honor the longtime producer for his role as the architect of the “Law & Order” franchise, whose flagship NBC show is closing in on the record for the longest-running drama in U.S. history.

“It has transcended cultural borders for the last 25 years,” I-Academy prexy and chief exec Bruce L. Paisner said. “It has been distributed in almost all the recognized 193 countries in the world. We wanted to honor Dick before it overtook ‘Gunsmoke.’ “

Wolf is also being recognized for his innovative approach to global licensing of the franchise. Deals to make locally produced versions of existing “Law & Order” scripts in the U.K., France and Russia were announced earlier this year.

“The world of television is becoming increasingly more global and I am grateful that the Intl. Academy is recognizing the impact of the ‘Law & Order’ brand around the world,” Wolf said.

Wolf will accept the trophy Nov. 24 at the 20th Intl. Emmy awards ceremony.

Chinese TV maven Liu Changle will receive the Academy’s Directorate Award. As the founding chairman and chief exec of Phoenix Satellite TV, Changle pioneered offshore broadcasting into China. Launched in Hong Kong in 1996, Phoenix has grown from a single channel into an integrated group with five channels broadcasting in Mandarin and reaching 150 countries.

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

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