Days after word arrived that next season will be Downton Abbey’s last, the series’ creator-writer is getting his due from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Julian Fellowes has been tapped to receive the 2015 International Emmy Founders Award, which will be presented at the annual trophy show in New York.
“This is an extraordinary honour, both for me and for the Downton team, and I can only say that I feel simultaneously unworthy and very, very grateful,” said Fellowes, who won an Emmy in 2010. “It is a significant high point of my career.”
Next up for the Englishman, who won an Oscar for his Gosford Park original screenplay, will be The Gilded Age, NBC’s long-gestating fictional take of the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s.
The International Emmys will be handed out November 23. Last year’s Founders Award went to another creator whose popular drama was about to wrap up: Mad Men‘s Matthew Weiner.