International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Founded1969; 55 years ago (1969)
  • 25 W 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 USA
Area served
International television industry
ProductInternational Emmy Award
International Emmy Awards Current Affairs & News
International Emmy Kids Award
Bruce L. Paisner
(CEO and President)

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS) is an American nonprofit membership organization, based in New York City, composed of leading media and entertainment executives across all sectors of the television industry, from over fifty countries.[1] Founded in 1969, the International Academy recognize excellence in television production produced outside the United States and it presents the International Emmy Awards in seventeen categories.[2]

In addition to the International Emmys, the Academy's annual schedule includes the prestigious International Emmy Awards Current Affairs & News[3] and the International Emmy Kids Awards,[4] and a series of events such as International Academy Day, the International World Emmy Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics.

IATAS was co-founded by Ralph Baruch (1923–2016, President and Chief Executive of Viacom) and Ted Cott (1917–1973, NBC's General Manager), and was originally known as the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).[5] Bruce Paisner is the current president and CEO of the Academy.


Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during the opening of the International Academy Day, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Early in its history, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was part of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; however, operating with its own board with a global focus.[6] Founded in 1969, IATAS is an organization of leading media and entertainment figures from over 500 companies from 60 countries across all television sectors, including internet, mobile and technology. Its mission is to recognize the excellence of content produced exclusively for TV outside the United States, as well as non-English language primetime programming made for American TV.[7] The awards are presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala, held each year in November at the Hilton Hotel and Resort in Midtown Manhattan, attracting over 1,200 television professionals annually.

The first International Emmy Awards, as we know them today, were carried out in 1973. As well as the Gala, the International Academy also produces the International Emmy World Television Festival. The Television Festival screens the current year's International Emmy-nominated programs and features producers and directors who speak about their work. In 1999, the Academy went on to recognize excellence in international news coverage with the Emmy Awards for Current Affairs & News. The International Emmy Kids Awards were launched in 2013 and is held annually in February in New York City.


The Academy's Foundation also presents the annual Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award for young television writers. In 2013, J. J. Abrams was presented with an International Emmy Founders Award, and Anke Schäferkordt was presented with an International Emmy Directorate Award.

Notable winners

Other notable winners include Sir David Frost[citation needed] and Steven Spielberg.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "About The Academy". Issuu. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  2. ^ "International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences elects StarTimes COO, Tunde Aina as member". Vanguard. October 22, 2022. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "International Emmy Nominations Announced for 2022 News, Current Affairs Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. August 16, 2022. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  4. ^ "Australian Transgender Series 'First Day' Wins International Kids Emmy". The Hollywood Reporter. October 2, 2021. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "The International Council: more than just Emmys". The Free Library. 1997. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "Directory of Industry Associations". BoogarLists. Retrieved November 2, 2022.
  7. ^ "Telemundo's 'El Señor de los Cielos' Wins First-Ever International Emmy for Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program | TV By The Numbers by | Page 332190". Archived from the original on 2015-01-09. Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  8. ^ "British Shows Sweep World Emmys". BBC News. 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2011-03-24.