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Brits lead TV pack

Channel Four, Japan's NHK top Int'l Emmy noms

The British and the Japanese dominate this year’s nominations for the 27th annual Intl. Emmy Awards, with the British represented in six of the seven award categories.

Britain’s Channel Four came away with a record four nominations in four categories; Japan’s pubcaster NHK racked up three, including one for the prestigious best drama trophy.

The complete list of nominees was unveiled Wednesday by Kay Koplovitz, president of the Intl. Council of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Competitive high

This year brought a record number of 500-plus entries from around the world. The preliminary judging, by a panel of TV peers, took place in Japan, Canada, Italy, Germany and Miami, with the final judging in Los Angeles and at the United Nations in New York.

In recent years the international panel has gone out of its way to attract non-English-speaking territories to submit entries — and to expand the judging process to increase the inclusion of diverse tastes outside an Anglocentric core constituency.

In addition to British and Japanese entries, an Argentine show made it on the list for the first time, and several Euro countries also placed well. Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News scored as a nominee in the news category, an addition to the genres judged by the council.

“For the first time, we will have the opportunity to view the incredible nominated programming at the Intl. Emmy festival on Nov. 19-20 held in New York City, immediately before our Gala Awards ceremony on Nov. 22,” Koplovitz said.

The 27th annual Intl. Emmy Awards will be presented during a black-tie dinner Nov. 22 at the New York Hilton Hotel, and will be attended by leading international TV executives and celebrities.

The show will be Webcast and broadcast in several countries around the world, including in Hong Kong on Phoenix Satellite Television.

Following is a complete list of the nominees.

DRAMA

Il Commissario Montalbano, RAI (Italy)

The Most Beautiful Times, NHK (Japan)

Lost for Words, Yorkshire TV in association with Bard Entertainment (U.K.)

DOCUMENTARY

Born in the USSR — 14 UP, Granada TV for the BBC (U.K.)

Just Like Anyone Else, Mainichi (Japan)

The Gift of Life, NHK (Japan)

PERFORMING ARTS

The Sleeping Beauty, Sveriges TV in association with the BBC and Reiner Moritz (Sweden)

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, RPTA for Channel Four (U.K.)

Karen Kain: Dancing in the Moment, CBC (Canada)

ARTS DOCUMENTARY

Giants of the Century: Stars and Glory, La Cinquieme (France)

The Phil — Part 3, Diverse Prods. for Channel Four (U.K.)

Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Requisite Prods. in co-production with Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada)

POPULAR ARTS

Caiga Quien Caiga, Cuatro Cabezas (Argentina)

Smack the Pony — Program One, Talkback Prods. for Channel Four (U.K.)

This Hour Has 22 Min., Salter Street Films (Canada)

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Pierlala, Vpro TV (Netherlands)

The Stumbling Trio, NHK (Japan)

Tell Us About Your Life — Battlefield Doctor, NHK (Japan)

NEWS

News 23 Special: A Discussion With President Clinton, Tokyo Broadcasting (Japan)

Dispatches: A Witness to Murder, Hardcash Prods. for Channel Four (U.K.)

Kosovo — Liberation Day, Sky News (U.K.)

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