Britain wins big at International Emmy Awards

MUMBAI: The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 32nd International Emmy Awards a couple of nights ago at a star-studded Gala event held at the New York Hilton.

British television shows won in six out of the seven categories.

From reality TV to drama, the Brits beat off competition from rivals around the world. Channel 4 won three prizes - for Brat Camp, The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off and The Illustrated Mum. The BBC picked up prizes for Waking the Dead and George Orwell: A Life in Pictures. ITV's Henry VIII took the top prize in the TV movie/mini-series category. In India the film recently aired on Hallmark.

The event was hosted by Graham Norton who hosts Comedy Central's The Graham Norton Effect and So Graham Norton. Presenters included musicians Harry Belafonte and Lenny Kravitz, PBS CEO Pat Mitchell. This year's Directorate Emmy Award was presented to Tele-München Group (TMG) MD Herbert Kloiber

The International Emmy Founders Award was presented to MTV Networks International. The Founders Award is bestowed upon individuals and organisations whose creative accomplishments contribute to the quality of global television production. Led by MTV Networks International president Bill Roedy, the company was honoured for revolutionising music on television and supporting the fight against HIV/Aids around the world.

Len Mauger a veteran Australian Channel Nine broadcaster, received the Ted Cott Award. This award is in recognition of his dedication to the Academy.

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