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J.J. Abrams to be honored with International Emmy Founders Award

Date May 01, 2013

By Tim Kenneally

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams is about to boldly do what he's never done before: receive the International Emmy Founders Award.

Abrams is being honored with the Founders Award at this year's International Emmy Awards, which take place November 25 in New York.

International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences president & CEO Bruce L. Paisner made the announcement on Wednesday, calling Abrams "a master of all forms of entertainment."

Abrams, he said, "has made an indelible mark on our global culture," Paisner said. "Even at this comparatively early stage of his career, he has earned this international recognition and we look forward to presenting the Founders Award to him."

Abrams added that he's "deeply grateful" to receive the award, and will thank Paisner and the Academy "perhaps to an embarrassing degree, in person, in November."

According to the Academy, the Founders Award "recognizes an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity."

Abrams, whose myriad TV credits include "Lost," "Fringe," "Alias," "Person of Interest," "Revolution," "Cloverfield" and "Felicity," has received two Emmy Awards for "Lost," in the Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Drama Series categories. He also earned nominations for the "Alias" and "Lost" pilot scripts.

Previous recipients of the Founders Award include Steven Spielberg, Simon Cowell, Nigel Lythgoe, Dick Wolf and Al Gore.

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