"30 Rock" producer Lorne Michaels is to be honored at the 2010 International Emmy Awards gala for his work on star-studded U.S. comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live". The SNL creator and executive producer is to receive the Directorate Award at the 38th annual event in New York on November 22.
The late night variety show has featured celebrity hosts including Tom Hanks, Betty White and Steve Martin during its 35 years on air. International Academy president & CEO Bruce Paisner says: "With Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels opened the door to a new kind of comedy on television and since then nearly everyone has walked through it. He has changed our entertainment, affected our politics and shaped the way we view the world."
In addition to his work in television, Michaels has also produced films including "Baby Mama", "Mean Girls" and "Wayne's World". Previous winners of the Directorate Award include media mogul Ted Turner and the BBC's John Birt.