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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to get Emmy honour

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Image caption Weiner also worked on TV shows including Becker and The Naked Truth

Mad Men creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner is to be honoured with the 2014 International Emmy Founders Award.

He will be presented with the award on 24 November at the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York.

Bruce L Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said Weiner had created "a global cultural phenomenon".

The advertising agency drama set in the 1960s will end next year.

Paisner added that Mad Men had "dramatically changed the television landscape".

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Image caption Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris

The seventh series of the award-winning US drama Mad Men has been split into two parts - the first part has just aired, with the final seven episodes to be broadcast in 2015.

Weiner said the two-part season would enable "a more elaborate story'' to be told.

Previous seasons of Mad Men have spanned 13 episodes.

The decision to split the last season and delay the finale follows the strategy US cable network AMC took with its other successful drama, Breaking Bad, whose final season was also divided into two parts.

Mad Men, which began in 2007 and stars Jon Hamm as ad man Don Draper, has won four Emmy awards for outstanding drama series.

Weiner was previously a writer on The Sopranos. He recently wrote and directed his first feature film, You Are Here, starring Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis and Amy Poehler, which will open later this summer.

Last year's International Emmy Founders Award went to Star Wars director, JJ Abrams.

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