Miky Lee, vice chair of Korean media giant CJ Group, will be honored by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with its 2022 International Emmy Directorate Award, in celebration of her life’s work.
In her position at CJ, Lee championed a new generation of Korean directors, including Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon Ho, helping launch the global Korean wave. Her executive producer credits include Lady Vengeance, The Host, Snowpiercer, The Handmaiden and Parasite, which made history in 2020 when it became the first Korean-language film (or non-English-language film of any kind) to win the Oscar for best picture.
Lee spearheaded CJ’s investment in DreamWorks SKG in 1995, starting the Korean company’s global rise.
On the TV side, Lee oversaw the English-language series adaptation of Snowpiercer, which wrapped its third season on TNT earlier this year and picked up a 2022 Emmy nomination for outstanding special visual effects. CJ’s other TV credits include Korean series Crash Landing on You, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God and Hospital Playlist. The company’s theater division produced the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Kinky Boots.
CJ’s operations include drama production powerhouse Studio Dragon, K-OTT content production studio CJ ENM Studios, and the U.S.-based studio Endeavor Content, which CJ acquired in 2021.
“Miky Lee is in a class of her own, a visionary leader who has harnessed her exceptional business acumen and love of her country’s culture by tirelessly spearheading the global phenomenon of the Korean wave for over twenty five years,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy. “The whole world witnessed her commitment to our industry and Korea when she, along with the creators of Parasite, enthusiastically accepted the Oscar for her company’s award-winning film Parasite, a historic milestone for Korean content.”
Lee will receive the 2022 International Emmy Directorate Award at the 50th International Emmy Awards gala in New York on Monday, November 21.