‘Better Call Saul,’ ‘River’ Win Monte Carlo TV Festival’s Golden Nymphs Awards

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MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Sony’s “Better Call Saul” and Kudos’ “River” won the Golden Nymphs awards for best comedy and drama series, respectively, at the 56th Monte Carlo Television Festival, which wrapped Thursday.

Other prizes went to Sharon Horgan (best actress in a comedy show) from the U.K. series “Catastrophe” and Bob Odenkirk (best actor in a comedy series) from “Better Call Saul.” In the drama skein section, Marcia Gay Harden won best actress for her role in “Code Black” and Jonas Nay for his part in German hit show “Deutschland 83.”

The ceremony, emceed by Jane Seymour, also handed out International TV Audience awards to CBS Studios’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” Warner Bros.’ “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Bold and The Beautiful.”

As every year, the festival’s selection boasted a heavy lineup of current affairs, politically/socially-minded documentaries and news programs. Among the Golden Nymphs awards winners in these non-scripted categories news doc “Drone” from TV2 Norway, “Those Who Said No” from Sweden’s Mima Films, “Crossing The Aegean Sea” from French pubcaster France Televisions and “Baltimore Unrest” from CNN.

The Prince Rainier III Special Prize, presented by Prince Albert II of Monaco, went to Jakob Kneser’s “Gambling On Extinction,” a German-French documentary shedding light on illegal wildlife trade, its threats to global security and the extinction of elephants and rhinos.

The lineup of talent attending the festival included “Transparent”‘s Jeffrey Tambor; Danny Glover, who presided over the news jury; Jason Priestley, who presided over the fiction jury, and “Chicago Med” actors Oliver Platt, Brian Tee, Torrey DeVitto and S. Epatha Merkerson.

“We are proud to offer this unique platform to launch and highlight these outstanding shows to the world’s media and viewers, and I congratulate all those that have been presented with the Golden Nymph this evening,” said Laurent Puons, the CEO of the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

The festival also hosted the first edition of the ConTech Academy, an industry confab attended by key media players. The sidebar discussed a wide range of trends, including the new storytelling techniques and the boom of transmedia content produced for broadcasters.

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