Charo Santos-Concio, President, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Content Officer of ABS-CBN Corporation will serve as Gala Chair for the 43rd International Emmy® Awards, which will take place on November 23 in New York City. Santos-Concio will preside over the Gala, during which the International Academy will recognise programming in ten programme 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).

As previously announced, the awards ceremony will be hosted by Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef, former host of the popular TV show Al-Bernameg (“the Program”).

“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 of Television Arts & Sciences. “We are delighted to have her Chair our 2015 International Emmy Awards Gala.”

Santos-Concio said, “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. I am honored to chair this year’s Gala that brings together and recognizes the achievements of these extraordinary individuals from across the globe.”