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Monte Carlo fest mad for ‘Mad Men’

'Wolves,' 'Flesh' win for miniseries

ROME — Lionsgate’s “Mad Men,” Gallic family comedy “Desperate Parents” and Blighty docudrama “The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall” were the big winners at the 49th Monte Carlo TV Festival, which wrapped Thursday.

Both “Mad Men,” which airs on AMC, and “Parents,” produced by Gaul’s Elephant Story for pubcaster web France 2, nabbed producer and thesping Nymphs in their categories, respectively best drama and comedy series.

“Mad Men’s” Monte Carlo win adds yet more kudos to the show’s growing tally following its top nod at Blighty’s BAFTAs in April.

“Desperate Parents,” about two families coping with parenthood in contrasting ways, is produced by Gaul’s Elephant Story.

Channel 4’s “The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall,” about a British student killed by an Israeli military sniper on the Gaza Strip, took the telepic nod and a director Nymph for helmer Rowan Joffe.

Tying for miniseries were Teutonic web ZDF’s “The Wolves,” about a German youth gang, and Belgium’s “Flesh and Bones,” produced by Woestijnvis.

While European skeins fared nicely in artistic kudos, U.S. shows, as usual, scooped all the Intl. Audience Awards, based on series’ overall international audience ratings. Those went to “House” for drama, “Desperate Housewives” for comedy and unstoppable evergreen “The Bold and the Beautiful” for soap.

Hollywood stars Matthew Fox, Hill Harper, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Waterston and Jennifer Love Hewitt plus “Law and Order” producer Dick Wolf were among the high-wattage contingent strutting down the red carpet at the five-day fest.

And the winners of the 49th Monte Carlo TV Festival are:

TELEVISION FILMS:

TV FILM
“The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall,” Talkbackthames, U.K.

DIRECTOR
Rowan Joffe for “The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall” U.K.

ACTOR
Masakazu Tamura for “Ah, You’re Really Gone Now” Japan

ACTRESS
Julie Walters for “A Short Stay in Switzerland,” U.K. and Isabelle Adjani for “Skirt Day,” France

MINISERIES:

MINISERIES
“The Wolves” ZDF, Germany and “Flesh and Bones” Woestijnvis, Belgium

ACTOR
Igar Naor for “House of Saddam,” U.K.

ACTRESS
Charlene McKenna for “Whistleblower,” Ireland

NEWS CATEGORY:

NEWS DOCUMENTARY
“Escaping North Korea,” Premiere Nouvelle, France; Chosun Ilbo, South Korea; PallasTV, France and “China in a Torrent: The Patient Parade,” NHK, Japan

TV NEWS ITEM
“CBC News: Zimbabwe Election,” CBC, Canada

24-HOUR NEWS PROGRAM
“Mumbai Attacks,” Sky News, U.K.

COMEDY TV SERIES:

ACTOR
Bruno Salomone for “Desperate Parents,” France

ACTRESS
Valerie Bonneton “Desperate Parents,” France

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER
Elephant Story “Desperate Parents,” France

EUROPEAN PRODUCER
Hofman & Vogues Entertainment “Turkish for Beginners,” Germany

DRAMA TV SERIES:

ACTOR
Jon Hamm “Mad Men,” U.S.

ACTRESS
Christina Hendricks “Mad Men”,” U.S.

INTERNATIONAL PRODUCER
Lionsgate “Mad Men,” U.S.

EUROPEAN PRODUCER
World 2000 Entertainment “The Tudors,” Ireland

INTL. TV AUDIENCE AWARDS:

DRAMA TV SERIES
“House” U.S.

COMEDY TV SERIES
“Desperate Housewives” U.S.

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

SPECIAL PRIZES:

Prince Rainer III Special Prize
“Damned of the Sea,” Latcho Drom, Belgium

Urti Author’s Documentary Grand Prix
“Corridor #8,” YLE, Finland

Amade World Assn. of Friends of Children Prize
“Escaping North Korea” Premiere Nouvelle, France; Chosun Ilbo, South Korea; PallasTV, France

Red Cross Prize
“Gaza-Sderot, Pre-War Chronicles” Arte, France

Signis Prize
“The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall” Talkbackthames, U.K.

Monaco Red Cross Prize
“The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall” Talkbackthames, U.K.

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