'So You Think You Can Dance's' Nigel Lythgoe to be honored by Television Academy

nigel-lythgoe-fox.jpgMajor players from three of the biggest talent competitions on network TV will come together under one roof next month to honor one man .

"So You Think You Can Dance" and "American Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe will receive the Philanthropy Award at the 31st Annual College Television Awards. Adam Shankman ( "SYTYCD" judge and co-producer of 2010's Oscars) will present Lythgoe with the honor, and "Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron will host the ceremony.

Lythgoe's philanthropy endeavors include being the driving force behind "Idol Gives Back," which has raised millions of dollars for the impoverished in Africa and the U.S. The prolific producer is also the co-founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, a nonprofit which provides scholarships and assistance to talented, underprivileged youth in the U.S.

"Nigel has created countless opportunities for young people," says Television Academy Foundation Executive Director Terri Clark. "We applaud him for his dedication to disadvantaged youth, and thank him for his continued support of the Television Academy's education programs."

The award ceremony will take place at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood on Saturday, Apr. 10.

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