Portugal wins first International Emmy

Portugal wins first International Emmy

MUMBAI: Portugal took home their first ever International Emmy Award for the Telenovela My Love.

The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the winners of the 38th International Emmy Awards at a Gala event held in New York hosted by actor Jason Priestley.

Winners spanned six countries - Argentina, Israel, Portugal, Romania, South Korea and The UK. 

Argentina won in the Non-Scripted Entertainment Category after nine nominations. Israel won for the first time in the Comedy category with Traffic Light. Romania won for the first time in the Arts Programming Category with The World According to Ion B.

South Korea won for the first time in the Documentary Category with Mom and the Red Bean Cake.

In a total surprise, News Corp chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appeared on stage to present Simon Cowell with the International Emmy Founders Award. The International Emmy Directorate Award was presented to Lorne Michaels by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon host Jimmy Fallon and 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin.

A cast of celebrities including Peter Facinelli, Eli Wallach, Elisabeth Moss, Melissa Joan Hart, Tony Goldwyn, Matthew Modine and Bruno Mazzeo presented the International Emmy statue to the winners in front of an international audience of 1,000 entertainment professionals and media executives.

British programmes won in both performance categories with Helena Bonham Carter for Best performance by an Actress for her role as Enid Blyton in Enid and Bob Hoskins in the Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Paddy Gargan in The Street.

Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner said, “We congratulate tonight’s winners for their outstanding achievements. The Academy is proud to be the preeminent global platform for excellence in television and we’re delighted to be recognising the world’s best programs and performances.”

The Winners are as follows

CategoryShowProduction Company Country
Arts Programming The World According to Ion B. HBO Romania / Alexander Nanau Production Romania
Best Performance by an Actor Bob Hoskins for The Street
ITV Studios for BBCUK
Best Performance by an Actress Helena Bonham Carter for EnidCarnival Film and Television for BBC UK
Children and Young People Shaun the Sheep Aardman Animations / WDR and WDR mediagroup / BBC UK
Comedy Traffic LightKuperman Productions / Keshet BroadcastingIsrael
Documentary Mom and the Red Bean CakeMBCSouth Korea
Drama Series The Street ITV Studios for BBC UK
Non-Scripted Entertainment CQC Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas SAArgentina
Telenovela My Love Plural Entertainment PortugalPortugal
TV Movie/Mini-Series Small Island Ruby Television in association with AL Films / Northern Ireland Screen for BBC, co-produced with WGBH Boston UK

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