Cowell to Receive International Emmy

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 file photo, Simon Cowell poses on the press line at the Elton John Academy Award viewing and after party in West Hollywood, Calif. Cowell's brother says the next season of "American Idol" will be the judge's last. Tony Cowell said in his weekly podcast, "The Cowell Factor," that a statement was being prepared that would certify that the acerbic British judge was leaving the popular Fox signing competition at the end of 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) AP Photo/Dan Steinberg

Simon Cowell will receive the 2010 International Emmy Founders Award for his work in television.

The 50-year-old British recording executive and TV personality is a judge on the popular U.S. singing competition show "American Idol." He's also known for the "Got Talent" and "X Factor" franchises.

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International Academy President Bruce Paisner says Cowell "has built an international empire and in so doing has changed the face of television around the world."

Cowell will receive the award at a New York gala on Nov. 22. He said in a statement Thursday that he's "delighted," and has been "very lucky to be able to make shows that I love."

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