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Associated Press Modified: November 18, 2012 at 10:30 am •  Published: November 18, 2012

"'MASH' very cleverly used the Korean War as a stand in for social commentary on the Vietnam War. ... 'All in the Family' — as well as everything that Norman did — was a new approach to addressing social issues on television," said Paisner.

To complete the circle, Jessica Lange, the star of Murphy's gothic contemporary TV series "American Horror Story," will present him with the honorary 2012 International Emmy Founders Award.

"In terms of being at the cutting edge of changes in our society, Ryan Murphy may be the most significant producer in the industry today. He is trying very hard to change the way people think in ways that get people to be more inclusive and tolerant," said Paisner.

"Every once in a while a producer comes along who manages because he's a great storyteller to change the terms of the national discussion for the better. Norman Lear was certainly one and Ryan Murphy is another one," added Paisner, noting the recent election in which voters in three states approved same-sex marriage.

With "Glee," Paisner noted, Murphy also created a novel format mixing music with drama/comedy, which has had an influence abroad. Singapore's "The Kitchen Musical," a music-dance-drama about a young girl fresh out of a Parisian culinary school who goes to work in her father's famous restaurant, received two nominations.

Brazil had five nominations, all for TV Globo productions, while Argentina's four nominations included acting nods for Dario Grandinetti and Cristina Banegas in the miniseries "Television por la Inclusion."

Paisner said the International Emmys have come a long way since 1972 when about 100 people gathered in a New York hotel for a modest ceremony that handed out two International Emmys for fiction and non-fiction programming.

Now, the academy presents International Emmys in 20 categories with separate ceremonies for news and current affairs, digital productions and children's television. More than 1,000 television industry representatives from around the world are expected for Monday's gala.

Monday's ceremony will also honor Kim In-kyu, president and CEO of the Korean Broadcasting System, with the honorary 2012 International Emmy Directorate Award.



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