The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences introduced the Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani as host for the International Emmy Awards Gala, held on November 20, 2017 in New York. Jobrani has comedy specials that have broadcasted on Comedy Central, Showtime, and Netflix. At the awards gala, the 2017 International Emmy Founders Award will be presented to Kevin Spacey and the 2017 Internationally Emmy Directorate Award will be given to Emilio Azcárraga Jean, president and CEO of Grupo Televisa.