Japan pic wins TV Nymph

U.S. takes top honors for comedy, drama series

MONTE CARLO — Japan scooped the Gold Nymph, the top prize for Television Film, on Saturday in a surprise win at the 42nd Monte Carlo Television Festival where Yanks and Brits dominated the awards.

Mainichi Broadcasting System’s 75-minute “How Are You, Teddy Bear?” is the tale of a young woman dealing with her mother’s death.

The U.S. won three Gold Nymphs, one for producer in drama for the TV series “West Wing,” and another in the same category for comedy for “Sex and the City.” The Nymphs went to the production teams for each series. “Sex” star Sarah Jessica Parker also won a Gold Nymph for actress.

The U.S. lost its bid for miniseries for HBO’s “Band of Brothers” to Irish broadcaster RTE’s “No Tears,” the story of an unmarried pregnant teenager in the early 1960s.

CNN, however, won a Gold Nymph for best 24-hour news program for breaking coverage of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. from its U.K. bureau, titled “September 11 Terrorist Attacks.”

The CNN/Channel 4 program “Beneath the Veil,” a woman reporter’s undercover investigation of life under the Taliban, also won a Gold Nymph for current affairs program.

The Brits stole the show, walking away with a quintet of Gold Nymphs; among them Company Pictures took away gold for the European Television Producers Award. Germany took three Gold Nymphs.

The awards were handed out in a star-studded ceremony presided over by Crown Prince Albert of Monaco.

Throughout the week, dozens of TV and film stars descended on Monte Carlo for the event, including Dennis Haysbert, Adrian Paul and Italian actress Rosella Guardini.

The fest had some 800 participants, 200 less than the target set by organizers, and the conferences were sparsely attended.

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