Shonda Rhimes to Get International Emmy Founders Award

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Shonda Rhimes

"Not only does she have an entire night of primetime on ABC in the United States, but her groundbreaking shows and iconic characters are avidly followed by over 300 million viewers worldwide," says Academy CEO Bruce Paisner.

Shonda Rhimes is set to add to her trophy cabinet when she attends the International Emmy Awards this November.

In an announcement made Monday, the International Television Academy revealed that it would honor the prolific TV writer and executive — whose latest show, The Catch, recently premiered on ABC — with its International Emmy Founders Award.

"Shonda Rhimes is in a league of her own," Academy president-CEO Bruce Paisner said in a statement. "Not only does she have an entire night of primetime on ABC in the United States, but her groundbreaking shows and iconic characters are avidly followed by over 300 million viewers worldwide, in 67 languages."

Added Rhimes: "I am continually amazed by the global reach of television and have been so fortunate to have fans of my shows around the world."

The International Emmy Awards ceremony will take place Nov. 21 in New York. 

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