Blair Westlake, a former movie studio executive heading Microsoft’s media and entertainment group, will be “gala chair” of the 37th International Emmy Awards in New York on Nov. 23.
The appointment was announced today by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
“As a senior executive at Microsoft, Blair is on the front line of the revolution taking place in our industry,” Bruce Paisner, academy president, said in the release. “We welcome him as chair of this year’s gala, both as a long-time friend and supporter of the international academy, and as a sign of the academy’s broadening mandate in our changing media world.”
Westlake is a liaison between Microsoft and media and entertainment companies. Before joining Microsoft in 2004, he was an executive of Universal Studios and chairman of Universal Television & Networks Group.