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Int’l Emmy noms unveiled

'Squares's' Bergeron to host for second year

CANNES — The 29th Intl. Emmy Award noms, unveiled in Cannes today, feature shows from a wider swathe of foreign broadcasters than ever before.

While the traditionally well-repped Brits are vying with dramas like “Dirty Tricks” from Carlton and “Cold Feet” from Granada, broadcasters in Japan, Korea, Canada and Germany are also among the contenders.

Trophies will be dispensed at a gala event Nov. 19 in New York City.

Georges Leclere, exec director of the Intl. Council of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), sponsor of the Intl. Emmys, announced the shortlist during the Mipcom TV trade show.

Awards will be given in six categories: drama, documentary, arts documentary, children and young people, performing arts and popular arts.

Contenders added

For the first time, four contenders, instead of three, are being named in each category.

“Hollywood Squares” emcee Tom Bergeron will host the gala for the second year in a row. Joining as presenters will be “Absolutely Fabulous” comedians Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley as well as actor Roger Moore.

This year’s Directorate Emmy Award will be presented to Gustavo Cisneros, chairman of the Cisneros Group of Cos. The Directorate Emmy Award honors individuals or organizations for their contributions to the arts and sciences of international television.

The Founders Emmy Award will be presented to Pierre Lescure, chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal. This award is bestowed upon individuals whose creative accomplishments contribute to the quality of global TV production.

In another development, the Intl. Council is making category changes for the 2002 Intl. Emmy Awards affecting the categories of drama, arts programming and news.

  • Drama will henceforth be split into two separate categories — series and TV movies/miniseries.

  • Arts programming will cover any program dedicated to arts or artists.

  • News returns after a one-year hiatus.

“We are excited to see what opportunities will arise with the creation of an additional drama category. This should allow for more diverse participation of quality drama programs in the competition,” said Horst Mueller, co-chairman of the Emmy Committee of the Intl. Council and a top exec at German pubcaster ZDF.

The Intl. Council of NATAS is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with representatives from over 45 countries.

And the nominees are…


“Dirty Tricks” Carlton TV (U.K.)

“Fatou La Malienne” France 2 (France)

“Jahrestage” ARD (Germany)

“Cold Feet” ITV (U.K.)


“Challenger: Go for Launch” BBC2 (U.K.)

“Golda’s List” France 3 (France)

“For My Baby” Mainichi (Japan)

“North Korea” KRO (Netherlands)


“Don Giovanni Unmasked” Bravo Canada (Canada)

“Jesus Christ Superstar” Slovenia TV (U.K.)

“Music From the Red Violin” Bravo Canada (Canada)

“Yo-Yo Ma in Todai-ji” Mainichi (Japan)


“Ravel’s Brain” Bravo Canada (Canada)

“Miles Davis Story” Channel 4 (U.K.)

“Bunraku” NHK (Japan)

“Buscando America: Ruben Blades” People & Arts Latino (Mexico)


“So Graham Norton” Channel 4 (U.K.)

“Was Guckst Du?!” ZDF (Germany)

“Spaced II” Channel 4 (U.K.)

“Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2000” Jade TV (Hong Kong)


“Kuss mich” ZDF (Germany)

“Willem Wever” NCRV (Netherlands)

“Challenge! Ring the Golden Bell” KBS (Korea)

“Street Cents” CBC (Canada)

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