Jac Venza, director of cultural and arts programs at New York’s flagship PBS station, Thirteen/WNET, will be honored by the international TV community at the 25th anniversary Intl. Emmy Awards in November.
Venza is to receive theFounders Award, which celebrates the creative accomplishments of execs in the worldwide TV business.
Venza was instrumental in laying the groundwork for public television’s cultural, arts and performance programming.
Through international co-productions, Venza’s “Great Performances” series has introduced American auds to many of the finest programs in drama, music and dance from around the world. He forged key co-production relationships with partners in France, the U.K., Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Canada and Japan, among others.
Venza began his career at CBS in 1950 and was one of the original team on the Ford Foundation’s National Education Television project, which was later merged with the N.Y. public TV station to become Thirteen/WNET.
Previous recipients of the Intl. Council’s Founders Award include British producer David Attenborough, Muppet creator Jim Henson, “60 Minutes” exec producer Don Hewitt and producer-oceanographer Jacques Cousteau.