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08/04/2008

Dick Wolf To Receive International Emmy Founders Award

Dick Wolf, one of television's most prolific writer/producers and the architect of the 'Law & Order' brand, will receive the 2008 International Emmy Founders Award, International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner has announced.
Mr Wolf will accept the Award at the 36th International Emmy Award Gala on November 24, 2008 in New York City.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organisation of broadcasters in the world, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies, and each year presents the International Emmy Founders Award to an individual or organisation, which crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity.
Mr Paisner said: "Dick Wolf's classic television series have transcended cultural boundaries for the last 25 years. 'Law & Order' is the longest-running drama series currently on American television and a major international success with brand licences in more than 300 territories and localised versions in France, Russia and the UK.
"We are proud to be presenting him with the 2008 Founders Award in recognition of his creative accomplishments."
'Law & Order', just renewed for its 19th season on NBC, won the Outstanding Drama Series Emmy in 1997 and is tied (with 'Cheers' and 'M*A*S*H') for the consecutive Outstanding Series nomination record at 12/
'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' is entering its 10th season on NBC and 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is currently in its 7th season, with a unique dual USA Network/NBC broadcast window.
Wolf's credits also include television classics 'Hill Street Blues', 'L.A. Dragnet', 'Miami Vice' and, more recently, the critically-acclaimed and multiple Emmy-Award winning HBO original movie 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee'.
Not only has Wolf left his mark on the small screen, he has taken his talents to the big screen as well.
He won an Academy Award in 2003 for 'Twin Towers', a documentary about two brothers - a policeman and fireman - who lost their lives in the line of duty on September 11.
Wolf also received the ultimate in top honours when he received a star on Hollywood's world famous Walk of Fame in March 2007.
Commenting on the award, Wolf said: "This is a true honour. The world of television is becoming increasingly more global and I am grateful that the International Academy is recognising the impact of the 'Law & Order' brand around the world."
The International Emmy Awards Gala, held each November in New York City, attracts over 1,000 international figures in broadcast, entertainment and media.
Further information is available at: www.iemmys.tv.
(KMcA/JM)
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