The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the world's largest organization of global broadcasters, with representatives from over fifty countries on its board of directors. Sixty of the one hundred directors on the board are from countries outside of the U.S, representing the world's largest production, distribution and broadcast companies.
The International Academy was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television and awards International Emmys to the best television programs produced outside the U.S. The International Academy is a division of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; but operates under its own Board of Directors with a global focus.
Every November, The International Academy produces the iEMMYs Festival and International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City. The iEMMYs Festival screens the current year's International Emmy-nominated programs with producers and directors in attendance. The International Emmy Awards Gala follows, awarding the International Emmy to the best television programs produced outside the U.S. This internationally televised, attracts over one thousand major figures in broadcast, entertainment and media from around the world.