The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 2016 News & Documentary Emmy Award honoree for Lifetime Achievement is documentarian and founder of Firelight Media, Stanley Nelson.

Mr. Nelson is to be honored for his mastery of the craft of the documentary, particularly the historical documentary, and for his distinguished body of films exploring the many facets of the African American experience. The honor is bestowed annually on a journalist or filmmaker who has made a lasting and distinguished contribution to broadcast journalism or documentary film. The award will be presented on September 21, 2016, at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City during the 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

“The National Academy is proud to honor Stanley Nelson with the News & Documentary Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding body of work,” said Bob Mauro, President & CEO, NATAS. “Stanley is widely recognized for his captivating storytelling and wide-ranging exploration of the African American experience, and we are honored to add his name to the list of distinguished documentarians and journalists who have received this award.”

The 37th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards celebrates programming distributed during the calendar year 2015.

The list of nominees is also available on the National Television Academy’s website: