'Downton Abbey' Creator Julian Fellowes to Receive International Emmy Founders Award
His hit show is set to draw to a close after season six.
Following last week’s news that the show will end following its upcoming sixth season, Downton Abbey only has a couple more chances to add to its already-record-breaking haul of Emmy nominations.
But the hit show's creator and sole writer, Julian Fellowes, can rest easy knowing he already has one major Emmy in the bag.
In an announcement Monday, it was revealed that Fellowes would receive the 2015 International Emmy Founders Award at the International Emmy Gala to be held in New York on November 23. Previous winners include Matthew Weiner and J.J. Abrams.
"This is an extraordinary honor, both for me and for the Downton team, and I can only say that I feel simultaneously unworthy and very, very grateful," said Fellowes in a statement. "It is a significant high point of my career. Thank you."
International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' CEO-president Bruce L. Paisner said he was "thrilled" to honor Fellowes for his work on Downton.
Said Paisner: "Julian has brought a career’s worth of experience and ideas to this landmark television series, and we look forward to welcoming him and members of the Downton Abbey cast at our gala."