Brits bask in Emmys

Int'l awards turn to Channel Four three times

NEW YORK — Despite organizers’ continuing efforts to spread the kudos wealth, British broadcasters nabbed four of the six Intl. Emmy statuettes Monday during the 25th annual awards ceremony here. Channel Four nabbed three awards — the prestigious drama honor as well as nods for best art docu and children’s programming, while the BBC took honors for performance arts.

Canada’s CBC took home the trophy for best documentary, Holland pubcaster TROS snagged the honors for best popular arts show.

Peter Ustinov emceed the three-hour gala awards ceremony with his customary verve and wit; celebrities including Fran Drescher, Kathleen Battle and Richard Belzer also entertained the thousand-odd guests at the New York Hilton.

Dieter Stolte, director general of German pubcaster ZDF, was honored for his personal executive achievement with the Directorate Award. Jac Venza, director of cultural and arts programs for WNET New York, received the Founder’s Award.

The Namibian Broadcasting Co. was voted a special prize by UNICEF for a nine-hour children’s spesh.

The Intl. Emmys are sponsored by the Intl. Council of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

A list of winner follows:

Drama: “Crossing the Floor,” Hat Trick Prods., Channel Four (U.K.).

Documentary: “Jerrie & Louise,” Blackstock Pictures, CBC (Canada).

Arts documentary: “Dancing for Dollars: The Bolshoi in Las Vegas,” NVC, Channel Four (U.K.).

Children’s: “Wise Up,” Carlton TV, Channel Four (U.K.).

Performance arts: “Enter Achilles,” DV8 Films, BBC (U.K.).

Popular arts: “Lieberg Zaps Himself,” TROS (Netherlands).