Magazine article Variety

Julian Fellowes Bids Adieu to 'Downton'

Magazine article Variety

Julian Fellowes Bids Adieu to 'Downton'

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With previous honorees ranging from Oprah Winfrey to Matthew Weiner, the Intl. Emmys' Founders Award is designed to honor an entertainment industry force whose work crosses cultural boundaries to touch on a common humanity.

"If there's ever been a better example of that than 'Downton Abbey,' I just don't know It," says Intl. Academy of Television Arts ft Sciences prexy and CEO Bruce Paisner in explaining the reasoning for this year's recipient "Downton" creator and sole writer Julian Fellowes.

In fact, the org had been eyeing Fellowes for the prize for at least a few seasons now. With the venerable ITV drama ending its run in the U.K. (and soon to air that final batch of episodes in the U.S.), Paisner said the time was finally right to recognize Fellowes' accomplishment

"What we decided a couple of years ago, particularly because of the straddle period where ('Downton') plays In the U. …

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