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International Emmys continue to be ruled by Britannia

October 5, 2009 |  2:30 pm


The International Emmys may seem to be living up to its name with the announcement today that 16 countries are competing for the 37th edition of these kudos. However, the bias in favor of Old Blighty continues with the U.K. scoring nine of the 40 nominations spread across 10 categories. This year, the only category in which the British aren't competing is for the one genre which they don't do -- telenovela.

Brazil has five nods while Germany, Mexico and the Philippines have three apiece. Argentina, China, Denmark, France, Japan and the Netherlands each have two bids. Thailand competes for the first time, landing a nod in the children's programming category. Other sole nominees are Poland, Qatar, South Africa and South Korea. 

Last year, the Brits won seven of the eight categories in which they contended while two years ago they went seven for nine. English-language TV has always dominated this supposedly international competition. Of late, the academy has extended the judging to regions beyond the Anglo-American spheres. Reaching out to countries in South America paid off last year when the Argentinian mini-series "Television por la identidad" bested, among others, the British entry "Britz."

The awards will be handed out Nov. 23 in Gotham with Graham Norton hosting and Sir David Frost being feted with the Founders Award.

The academy website has the full list of nominees.


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