I-Emmys to fete helmer

Spielberg to receive kudos Nov. 20

Steven Spielberg will receive the Intl. Emmy Founders Award from the Intl. Academy of TV Arts & Sciences on Nov. 20 for outstanding work that crosses cultural boundaries.

The announcement was made Tuesday by I-Academy prexy-CEO Bruce Paisner.

The producer-director will accept the honor during the 34th I-Emmy Awards gala in New York City.

Spielberg’s career began in episodic television. His first directing job was an episode of “Night Gallery” that starred Joan Crawford. He went on to direct a second episode of “Night Gallery” as well as episodes of “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “The Name of the Game” and “Columbo.”

His made-for “Duel” became a career breakthrough when it was released theatrically abroad.

Among his later projects were the longforms “Band of Brothers,” “Taken” and “Into the West.”

Future projects include a longform production about World War II in the Pacific; sci-fier “Nine Lives”; and “On the Lot,” an unscripted series in which aspiring filmmakers vie for a studio development deal at DreamWorks.

Founded in 1969, the I-Academy is the largest org of global broadcasters. Also on Nov. 20, the I-Academy will present I-Emmys to foreign TV shows in 11 categories.