TV festival also honors 'Missing,' 'Tudors'

HBO’s “John Adams,” Madrid-based producer Miguel Angel Bernardeau, Spanish drama “Missing” and French series “Desperate Parents” were the big winners at the 48th Monte Carlo TV Festival, which closed Thursday night.

“John Adams” won one of the most important prizes at Monte Carlo — best mini — while Paul Giamatti drew the actor nod for his role as America’s second president.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers took drama-series actor for Showtime’s flagship skein “The Tudors.”

The U.S. scooped all the Intl. TV Audience Awards, judged by series’ international ratings. And “Law & Order” producer Dick Wolf received the fest’s Honorary Golden Nymph.

Otherwise, most key prizes at Monte Carlo, a French TV star-laden launchpad for TV shows, went to European efforts.

In general, key kudos recognized shows of undoubted ambition — such as “Adams” and “The Tudors” — or some innovation, such as “Missing.”

Bernardeau, chief exec at Madrid’s Ganga Prods., achieved the unusual distinction of winning double nods for international producer for the “Wonder Years”-ish Spanish comedy “Remember When,” plus European producer in the drama series category for “Missing,” which bowed this season in Spain to strong ratings and critical acclaim. Both “Remember” and “Missing,” which is about a missing child, are broadcast on Spanish pubcaster RTVE.

Produced by Elephant Story for pubcaster France 2, docu-soap “Desperate Parents” won European producer (Guillaume Renouil) and actress (Isabelle Gelinas as a child-challenged mother) in the comedy TV series category. French-German telepic “Manhunt,” about real-life Nazi criminal hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld, nabbed Signis and Monaco Red Cross plaudits.

“CSI” and “Desperate Housewives” scooped Intl. TV Audience Awards. Judged on international ratings, estimated by Eurodata TV Worldwide for June 2007-May 2008, “CSI” won drama TV series with 83.9 million viewers in 51 countries outside the U.S. “Desperate Housewives”‘ (61.5 million viewers) won comedy TV series.And the winners of the 48th Monte Carlo TV Festival are:

COMEDY TV SERIES:

ACTOR
Richard Ayoade (“The IT Crowd,” U.K.)

ACTRESS
Isabelle Gelinas (“Desperate Parents,” France)

EUROPEAN PRODUCER
Guillaume Renouil (“Desperate Parents”)

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER
Miguel Angel Bernardeau (“Remember When,” Spain)

DRAMA TV SERIES:

ACTOR
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“The Tudors,” U.K.)

ACTRESS
Esther Ortega (“Missing,” Spain)

EUROPEAN PRODUCER
Miguel Angel Bernardeau (“Missing,” Spain)

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER
Luis Peraza (“Capadocia,” Mexico)

MINISERIES:

MINISERIES
“John Adams” (U.S.)

ACTOR
Paul Giamatti, (“John Adams,” U.S.)

ACTRESS
Katharina Wackernagel (“Side Effects,” Germany)

INTL. TV AUDIENCE AWARDS:

DRAMA TV SERIES
“CSI” (U.S.)

COMEDY TV SERIES
“Desperate Housewives” (U.S.)

TELENOVELAS/SOAP OPERAS
“The Bold and the Beautiful” (U.S.)

TELEVISION FILMS:

TV FILM
“The Mark of Cain,” (Red Production Co., U.K.)

SCRIPT
Beate Langmaack (“Good Morning, Mr. Grothe,” Germany)DIRECTION
“Wait for the Birth of the Husband” (Hua Zheng, China)

ACTOR
Jean-Pierre Darroussin (“Jury Duty,” France)

ACTRESS
Anna Madeley (“Affinity,” U.K.)

SIGNIS PRIZE
“Manhunt” (Elzevir Films, France)

MONACO RED CROSS PRIZE
“Manhunt”

NEWS CATEGORY:

NEWS DOCUMENTARY
“Taxi to the Dark Side” (ZDF, Germany); “The Bath House” (SIC, Portugal)

TV NEWS ITEM
“CBC News. The National: Gaza Rockets” (CBC, Canada)

24-HOUR NEWS PROGRAM
Al Jazeera English News Hour, 3 p.m. GMT (Qatar)

URTI AUTHOR’S DOCUMENTARY GRAND PRIX
“Memory Books” (ZDF, Germany)

AMADE WORLD ASSN. OF FRIENDS OF CHILDREN PRIZE
“Trafficked Childhood” (TVI, Portugal)

RED CROSS PRIZE
“Aftermath — The Balkans of Predrag Matvejevic” (RAI, Italy)

PRINCE RAINER III SPECIAL PRIZE
“Climate Change II” (TVE, Spain)

HONORARY GOLDEN NYMPH
Dick Wolf

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