World TV Fest widens view for soph edition

N.Y. fest to unspool on eve of Intl. Emmy awards

The two-day second edition of the World Television Festival will spotlight programming from the United Arab Emirates, Eastern Europe and South Korea.

Gotham event, the brainchild of the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will unspool Nov. 18-19, on the eve of the Intl. Emmy awards.

Highlights will include panels and presentations by Dubai-based newsie Al-Arabiya; the Budapest-based trade show Discop; KBS, Korea’s top broadcaster; the Ile de France Film Commission; and New York film commissioner Katherine Oliver. Technology panel “Producing for Cross-Media Platforms” will also be featured during the weekend.

“The World Television Festival is now established as the only place where one can watch television from all over the world and meet with the program makers,” said I-Emmy prexy-CEO Bruce Paisner, who is also prexy of Hearst Entertainment.

“The event is also a unique platform for organizations wanting to promote themselves to the global television community,” he added.

A kickoff cocktail party hosted by Central European Media Enterprises founder-chairman Ronald Lauder will take place Nov. 17. Lauder is the recipient of the I-Academy’s 2006 Directorate Award, to be bestowed Nov. 20 during the I-Emmy gala. Steven Spielberg will receive the other major honor, the I-Academy’s Founder’s Award. HBO will host the closing cocktail party on Nov. 19.

The weekend schedule will also feature the traditional I-Emmy nominee presentations, during which the producers of the shows in competition discuss their working methods. The award categories are drama, comedy, reality, TV movie/miniseries, arts, breaking news, continuing news coverage, children’s and documentary. The I-Academy recently instituted actress and actor categories. Only non-U.S. shows are eligible to compete for the I-Emmy trophies.

Nominees will receive their medals at a Saturday-morning ceremony. The I-Academy will also present the Sir Peter Ustinov Young Scriptwriter Award to Nimer Rashed for his script “The Great McGinty.”

Liu Changle, chairman-CEO of China-based Phoenix Satellite Television, is this year’s festival chairman.

Founded in 1969, the I-Academy is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from 70 countries and 400 companies.

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