I-Emmys to toast host

Oprah feted for ability to cross cultural boundaries

Oprah Winfrey will receive the Intl. Emmy Founders Award on Nov. 21 at the 33rd I-Emmy awards ceremony in New York.

Previous honorees include Bill Cosby, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Jim Henson and David Attenborough.

Winfrey, supervising producer and host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” is known worldwide for her programming and her ability to connect with viewers. Aired in more than 100 countries, the talkshow is arguably the most widely watched daytime TV program in the world.

“The Academy presents the Founders Award to an individual or organization which crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity,” said I-Emmy president-CEO Bruce Paisner, also president of Hearst Entertainment.

“This definition, though composed more than 25 years ago, seems to have been written with Oprah Winfrey in mind.”

Through her Chicago-based company Harpo and her philanthropic initiatives, she has raised awareness for a number of humanitarian causes, including education, AIDS and poverty.

Winfrey has fronted the No. 1 talkshow for two decades and has received the industry’s top acknowledgements, including 39 Daytime Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award (1995) and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ lifetime achievement award (1998).

The I-Academy is the largest organization of international broadcasters in the world, with members from nearly 70 countries and more than 350 companies.