GMA Network's Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari R. Abacan has been invited to represent the country as one of the jurors in the Final Round of judging for the 2010 International Emmy Awards (TV Movie/Mini-Series Category) on November 20-22 in New York City.
He was chosen by the Academy's Emmy Committee to participate on the panel of professionals from around the world to recognize the best television programs produced outside the United States.
Abacan, who not only represents GMA Network, but also the Philippines, will join 500 judges from 35 countries in the most prestigious international award-giving body for television.
As a Finals juror for this year's awards, he will review four nominated programs which include regional semi-finalists from each of the four Emmy judging regions (Europe, Latin America, English-Language, and Asia/Africa/Middle East).
The Philippines received two nominations this year: ABS-CBN's Dahil May Isang Ikaw for Best Telenovela and Sid Lucero for Best Performance by an Actor in the said series.
Every year in November, the Academy produces a Television Festival and the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City.
The International Emmy World Television Festival, which screens the current year's International Emmy-nominated programs, will be held on November 20-21 at the Sofitel New York.
The 38th International Emmy Awards Gala takes place on November 22. This black-tie event attracts over 1,000 major figures in broadcast, entertainment and media from around the world.
Founded in 1969, the International Emmy Awards is an annual event organized by The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile, and technology.
The Emmys is considered the TV equivalent of the Oscars.