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International Emmys: Rupert Murdoch Becomes Awards Presenter; Israel’s ‘Traffic Light’ Wins Best Comedy

Nellie Andreeva

Just how important is Simon Cowell to News Corp.? The reality star/producer, who served as a judge on Fox’s juggernaut American Idol and is now prepping an U.S. version of The X Factor for the network, received an International Emmy Founders Award tonight. In what organizers described as “a total surprise,” News Corp. chairman and CEO Murdoch appeared on stage to present the award. The other life achievement honor, the International Emmy Directorate Award, went to Lorne Michaels and was presented by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon host Jimmy Fallon and 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin.

As for the rest of the awards, Israel won for the first time in the comedy category with Traffic Light (Kupperman Productions/Keshet Broadcasting). A U.S. version of the series, Mixed Signals, launches in midseason on Fox. Portugal made history by taking home their first ever International Emmy Award for the telenovela My Love.  CQC (Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas SA) Argentina won in the Non-Scripted Entertainment Category after nine nominations. Romania won for the first time in the Arts Programming Category with The World According to Ion B (HBO Romania) and South Korea won for the first time in the Documentary Category with Mom and the Red Bean Cake (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation).

British programs 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.

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Bob Hoskins And Helena Bonham Carter Nominated For International Emmys

Cannes/MIPCOM, October 4, 2010: Nominations for the 38th International Emmy® Awards were announced today by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a Press Conference at Mipcom. There are 39 nominees in 10 categories. The full list of Nominees follows this release. Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Ceremony hosted by Actor/Director Jason Priestley, on November 22, 2010 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Nominations span 15 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, The Philippines, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom, The competition took place with three rounds of judging over a period of 6 months, with participation from over 700 judges in 50 different countries.

Performance nominations include leading actors and actresses from Argentina- Leonardo Sbaraglia; Brazil-Lilia Cabral; Germany- Sebastien Koch & Iris Berben; The Philippines-Sid Lucero; The United Kingdom-Bob Hoskins & Helena Bonham Carter and South Africa-Lerato Moloisane.

In addition to the presentation of the International Emmy® Awards for programming, the Academy will present two special awards. Lorne Michaels, who created Saturday Night Live and in so doing reinvented comedy on television and launched a generation of major film and TV stars, is set to receive the 2010 International Emmy® Directorate Award. American Idol Judge and Got Talent Executive Producer, Simon Cowell will receive the 2010 International Emmy® Founders Award.


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