Longtime Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards producer Spike Jones Jr. will be honored at this year’s ceremony with the Syd Cassyd Founders Award, the Television Academy announced Wednesday.
Named for the TV Academy’s founder, the award recognizes Academy members who have made a significant, positive impact on the organization through their many years of involvement and service. Last year marked Jones’ 20th year of exec producing the Prime Creative Arts Emmys. This year, he has the night off as Bob Bain takes the reins.
“Spike has been an important part of the DNA of the Academy for a very long time,” said Television Academy chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum. “He has strongly influenced the artistic direction of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and shaped it into a wonderful celebration of the many artists, technicians and talents who are the heart and soul of our industry. Spike has also performed countless hours of pro-bono work, and given tremendous support to Academy and Foundation initiatives. He cares passionately about our mission to push the boundaries of television, and for this he is a most deserving recipient of the Syd Cassyd Award.”
The Creative Arts Emmys ceremony will be held September 12 at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles. A two-hour version of the awards show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. September 19 on FXX. An encore production will air at 10 p.m.