Emmy preps Founders fete for Wolf, Liu


"Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf will receive the 2008 International Emmy Founders Award, to be presented at the 36th annual International Emmys Gala in New York on Nov. 24.

NBC has just renewed Wolf's ubiquitous "L&O" franchise for a 19th season, making the procedural the longest-running drama in U.S. television history (tied with "Gunsmoke"). The show also has generated successful spinoffs "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," now entering its 10th season, and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," now in its seventh season. The "L&O" franchise has sold to virtually every territory in the world, and Wolf has licensed local-language versions of the show in the U.K., France and Russia.

The International Academy also will honor Hong Kong satellite magnate Liu Changle this year with its Directorate Award.

The founder of Phoenix Satellite Television, Liu was the first to broadcast satellite signals into mainland China. Founded in 1996, Phoenix is now a pan-national satellite operation, with five channels broadcasting in Mandarin Chinese to more than 150 countries around the world.