The award recognizes "an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity."
"Throughout his career, Ryan Murphy has masterfully redefined storytelling to create unprecedented atmospheres and characters that celebrate human difference, be it dark, as in 'Nip/Tuck,' or hopeful, as in 'Glee,'" said Academy president and CEO Bruce L. Paisner in a statement. "We are looking forward to recognizing his creative accomplishments, which continue the great tradition of American television as we mark the 40th Anniversary of The International Emmy Awards."
Murphy is the Emmy Award-winning creator, writer and director of "Glee" and Golden Globe-winning creator of "Nip/Tuck." His other series include "American Horror Story" and "Popular." His next film will be the screen adaptation of Larry Kramer's award-winning The Normal Heart, starring Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer.