"All in the Family" creator Norman Lear and "M*A*S*H" star Alan Alda will be honored with special Founders Awards at the International Emmy Awards Gala to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday.
Alda and Lear both had programs in distribution in 1972, the first year of the gala.
"In television, as in other human endeavors, we are the sum of what has come before us," International Academy president & CEO Bruce L. Paisner said of Alda and Lear. "It is with great pride, on the 40th anniversary of the first Gala, that the International Academy salutes these two industry legends, whose work has helped make us and television all that we are today."
The gala will take place Nov. 19 in New York.
"Glee" creator Ryan Murphy will also be honored with the 2012 International Emmy Founders Award. Korean Broadcasting System president & CEO Dr. Kim In-Kyu will receive the 2012 International Emmy Directorate Award. The International Academy will also present Emmys in nine program categories during the event.