Fest fetes Oz TV pioneer

Grundy blazed trail for 'parochial internationalism'

TV pioneer Reg Grundy, founder and chairman of the global production company Grundy Worldwide, will be honored with a Special Award July 5 at the 43rd Monte Carlo TV Fest.

David Tomatis, exec VP of the fest, announced the award Wednesday.

Grundy pioneered the term “parochial internationalism,” which was the mission statement for the Oz-based company as early as 1960. Long before the Hollywood studios caught on to the practice, Grundy was producing local versions of shows in local lingos with local talent throughout the world.

Grundy Worldwide was sold to Pearson in 1995, but the Grundy name and many of its programs live on today.

“Reg Grundy was the true pioneer of international production and formats,” Crown Prince Albert, who is the fest’s president, said in a statement.

Fest unspools in the Riviera duchy June 30 – July 5.

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