The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that Blair Westlake, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Media & Entertainment Group, will serve as Gala Chair for the 37th International Emmy Awards, which’ll take place on November 23, 2009 in New York City. “As a senior executive at Microsoft, Blair is on the front line of the revolution taking place in our industry. 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.” said Paisner. The 2009 International Emmy Nominees will be announced at a press conference in Cannes at Mipcom on Monday, October 5, 2009. This year’s sponsors, to date, include: Ascent Media, DoriMedia, Ernst & Young, GloboTV, Microsoft, Phoenix Satellite Television, Reed Midem, Sofitel New York Hotel, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.