ABS-CBN’s Charo Santos-Concio to chair Nov. 23rd International Emmy Awards gala

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‘Viewing habits may have changed but  not the passion to produce excellent, meaningful, and transformative content.’

‘Viewing habits may have changed but not the passion to produce excellent, meaningful, and transformative content.’

ABS-CBN President & CEO Charo Santos-Concio will preside over the Gala for the 43rd International Emmy Awards, which will take place on November 23 at the New York Hilton Hotel.

During the event, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will recognize programming in 10 categories and present Special Awards to Julian Fellowes, creator and writer of “Downton Abbey” (Founders Award) and Richard Plepler, chairman & CEO of HBO (Directorate Award). The awards ceremony will be hosted by Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, former host of the popular TV show “Al-Bernameg” (“The Program”). Over 1000 international media and entertainment executives convene on New York each year for the Awards Gala.

Its website says the International Academy is a membership-based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including the Internet, mobile and technology. Part of its yearly schedule of events is the prestigious International Emmy Awards.

“Ms. Charo Santos-Concio is an internationally respected broadcast producer and executive who has spearheaded the growth of her organization to a leading position in the Philippines and the region beyond,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president & CEO of the International Academy. “We are delighted to have her chair our 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala.”

Santos-Concio said she is honored to preside over this year’s Gala.

“Viewing habits of TV audiences worldwide have changed in recent years, but what has not changed is the passion of creators to produce excellent, meaningful, and transformative content in different platforms that resonates with people and what the International Emmy Awards celebrates annually,” she said in a statement. “(The gala) brings together and recognizes the achievements of these extraordinary individuals from across the globe.”

Santos-Concio was appointed president and Chief Operating Officer of ABS-CBN in 2008 and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013.

In 2014, she won Gold Stevie Awards at the prestigious Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards. She was also named Asian Media Woman of the Year by ContentAsia, a premier information resource that covers the entertainment media industry across Asia-Pacific region.

She continues to host ABS-CBN’s longest-running drama anthology “Maalala Mo Kaya” (Remembering). She began her career as an actress and won Best Actress in the 1977 Asian Film Festival for her performance in the film “Itim” (Black). She joined ABS-CBN as a Television Production Consultant in 1987 after working as a line producer for a number of prestigious film production companies.

She also worked as a Film Production Manager for the Experimental Cinema of the Philippines, which produced some of the country’s best films. Santos-Concio is a recipient of many cinema and broadcast industry-related awards over the years.

She graduated cum laude from St. Paul’s College in Manila with a Communications Arts degree. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2007. — Aaron Domingo/ABS-CBN

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