Jason Priestley to host International Emmys

Awards will honor international TV work on Nov. 22

NEW YORK -- Jason Priestley will host the 38th International Emmy Awards that will take place here on Nov. 22, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday.

"Jason Priestley is a household name for millions of viewers worldwide and we're delighted that he is joining our celebration of excellence in international television as our host," said Bruce Paisner, president & CEO of the International Academy.

The organization presents Emmys in 10 categories, as well as two special awards. It previously announced that former "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell will receive the International Emmy Founders Award, while "Saturday Night Live" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels will receive the International Emmy Directorate Award.

Priestley is set to direct romantic comedy "Mud Puppy" next year.