Actor, actress kudos bloom at Rose fest

Individuals considered for first time; De Mol gets Gold

HOLLYWOOD — For the first time in 43 years, the Rose d’Or Festival will recognize individual artists as well as programs at its awards ceremony in Lucerne, Switzerland, on April 17.

The comedy actor noms are Harry Hill (“Harry Hill’s TV Burp,” U.K.) and Matt Lucas and David Walliams (“Little Britain,” U.K.). The comedy actress noms are Karen Dunbar (“The Karen Dunbar Show,” U.K.) and Anke Engelke (“Ladykracher,” Germany).

In situation comedy, the actor noms are Hugh Laurie (“Forty Something,” U.K.) and Martin Freeman (“Hardware,” U.K.). Angela Finnochiaro is nommed for actress (“Mammamia!,” Italy) and Felicitas Woll (“Berlin, Berlin,” Germany).

Shane Ritchie (“Eastenders” U.K.) is contending as actor in a soap alongside Ryan Maloney (“Neighbors,” Australia). Sally Lindsay (“Coronation Street,” U.K.) and Benedicte Delmas (“Saint Tropez,” France) are nommed as actress.

Gameshow host noms went to Jimmy Carr (“Distraction,” U.K.) and Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly jointly (“Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway,” U.K.).

These prizes will be presented alongside the Golden Roses for program in eight categories — comedy, sitcom, soaps, variety, gameshow, reality, music, and arts and specials.

An honorary Golden Rose will be presented to outgoing Endemol chief creative officer John de Mol in recognition of his contributions to the entertainment industry.

Fest, which will take place Tuesday through April 18, has attracted a record number of entries, with 300 shows from 25 countries competing for the Rose and more than 800 delegates expected in Lucerne.

Among other events, Peter Fincham, CEO of Fremantle subsid Talkback/Thames, will deliver an opening keynote address on the challenges of European indies breaking into the American market, while Shashi Tharoor, the United Nations undersecretary general, will give a keynote April 17 at the first Rose d’Or Entertainment Summit.

Finally, the fest is inaugurating a permanent exhibition devoted to past Rose d’Or winners, which will be housed in a carved-ice cave high in the Swiss Alps. The first Hall of Fame honorees include “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Monty Python, Rudi Carrell and Emil Steinberger.

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