Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is to be honored for his contribution to TV at the upcoming International Emmy Awards.
The writer/producer/director will follow in the footsteps of previous recipients including Glee boss Ryan Murphy and Lost creator J.J. Abrams when he receives the International Emmy Founders Award at the prize-giving gala later this year.
Bruce L. Paisner, president of the International Academy of Television Arts & Science, the body behind the International Emmys, credits Weiner’s work on Mad Men with reinventing period dramas on the small screen.
He says in a statement, “With Mad Men, Matthew Weiner redefined period television and created a global cultural phenomenon that has dramatically changed the television landscape. We look forward to honoring his creative talent with our Founders Award, a few weeks before the final episodes of this great series.”
The award will be handed out at the 42nd International Emmy Awards Gala on November 24th in New York City, just weeks before the final episodes of Mad Men are due to air in the U.S. in early 2015.
The show, starring Jon Hamm as a New York advertising executive in the 1960s, has been on air since 2007.
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