Hungarian Actress Marina Gera & Turkish Actor Haluk Bilginer Win Best Performance Categories 

McMafia (UK) Wins Drama Series Category


New York, November 25, 2019 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 47th International Emmy® Awards tonight at a Black-Tie Gala event attended by 1,000 television professionals from around the world and hosted by comedian Ronny Chieng at the New York Hilton.

2 Special Awards and 11 Emmy statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening.

Somali-American, philanthropist, author and former model Iman presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor for CNN and host of PBS’ nightly global affairs show Amanpour.

Actor Conleth Hill, known worldwide for his role as Lord Varys in Game of Thrones, presented the International Emmy Founders Award to Game of Thrones Creators and Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Haluk Bilginer accepted the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Agah, in Şahsiyet (Persona). Marina Gera accepted the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Irén in Örök Tél (Eternal Winter).

The 11 winning International Emmy programs and performances span 8 countries: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, The Netherlands, Turkey, the UK and the US. They are: Dance or Die (Arts Programming), Haluk Bilginer (Best Performance by an Actor), Marina Gera (Best Performance by an Actress), Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos (The Last Hangover) (Comedy), Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World (Documentary), McMafia (Drama Series), Falco (Non-English Language US Primetime Program), The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night (Non-Scripted Entertainment), Hack the City (Short-Form Series); La Reina del Flow (Telenovela), and Safe Harbour (TV Movie/Mini-Series). Complete winners’ information follows this release.

Television is a universal art form which transcends cultures, languages and borders, as demonstrated by tonight’s winners.” said International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “The International Academy is proud to be the preeminent global platform for recognizing excellence in television from around the world.”



2019 International Emmy® Awards Winners 



Arts Programming

Dance or Die
Witfilm / NTR
Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole, Astrid Prickaerts
Roozbeh Kaboly
Principal Cast:
Ahmad Joudeh

“Dance or Die” is Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh’s (27) life philosophy. It’s tattooed on his neck. Dance is Ahmad’s life, but it’s become impossible for him to practice dance in his war-torn home of Damascus.


Best Performance by an Actor

Haluk Bilginer in Şahsiyet [Persona]
Ay Yapım / Puhu TV
Agah is retired and living in the Istanbul apartment building his wife left him. However, he has never forgotten the unspeakable crime against a little girl in his old town – or all the officials who covered it up. Now in his 60s, this prim little man has become a cold-blooded vigilante, and he won’t stop until every one of them is dead. However, the Alzheimer’s Disease has already begun to ravage his mind. He must complete his quest for vengeance before


Best Performance by an Actress

Marina Gera in Örök Tél [Eternal Winter]
Szupermodern Studio Ltd.
Christmas 1944. Soviet soldiers invade Hungary and drag every young ethnic German woman away from a small village and transport them to a Soviet labor camp where they are forced to work in the coal mines under inhuman conditions.



Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos [The Last Hangover]
Porta dos Fundos

Executive Producer: Tereza Gonzalez
Niara D’Avila   
Rodrigo Van Der Put
Fabio Porchat
Principal Cast:
Fabio Porchat, Gregorio Duvivier, Antonio Tabet, Rafael Portugal

In this biblical “Hangover” spoof, the apostles awaken to find Jesus is missing and must piece together the events of the previous night’s wild Last Supper.



Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World
Submarine Amsterdam / VPRO

Executive Producer: Nick Fraser
Femke Wolting, Bruno Felix
Hans Pool

Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World follows an international team of citizen investigative journalists who are using their knowledge of social media, reconstruction techniques and audio analysis to conduct in-depth research.


Drama Series

Cuba Pictures / BBC / AMC
United Kingdom

Executive Producers: Hossein Amini, James Watkins, Nick Marston, Dixie Linder, Misha Glenny, Robyn Slovo, Ben Hall, Elizabeth Kilgarriff, Matthew Read
Paul Ritchie
James Watkins
Hossein Amini, James Watkins, Peter Harness, David Farr, Laurence Coriat
Principal Cast:
James Norton, David Strathairn, Juliet Rylance, Merab Ninidze, Aleksey Serebryakov, Maria Shukshina, Faye Marsay, David Dencik
McMafia charts Alex Godman’s journey as he is drawn into the world of organized crime. The English-raised son of Russian exiles, Alex spent his life trying to escape their criminal past. But when his family is threatened, Alex is forced to confront his values to protect those he loves.


Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program

Spiral International / Red Arrow Studios International / Dynamo
United States of America

Executive Producers: Zasha Robles, Diego Ramirez Schrempp, Ernesto Contreras, Andres Calderon, Henrik Pabst
Maria Jose Gomez
Ernesto Contreras
Fabian Archondo
Principal Cast:
Michel Brown, Marina de Tavira, Hoze Melendez
Falco follows the story of detective Alejandro Falco who, after being in a coma for 23 years, wakes up to find a different world. In every episode, Falco solves a case with his old-fashioned methodology as he discovers what happened the night he fell into a coma.


Non-Scripted Entertainment

The Real Full Monty: Ladies’ Night
Spun Gold TV / ITV

United Kingdom

Executive Producers: Nick Bullen, Kevin Mundye, Ceri Jones
Cassie Bennitt, Alice Scaysbrook, Rachel Rosen
Will Yapp
Principal Cast:
Ashley Banjo, Coleen Nolan, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Victoria Derbyshire, Sally Dexter, Michelle Heaton, Helen Lederer, Ruth Madoc, Megan McKenna

A show of female defiance follows the journey taken by eight female celebrities, all affected by cancer, as they battle to overcome their nerves and inhibitions, learn to love their bodies and dare to bare in a one-off performance that will wow their audience and raise awareness of the disease.



Short-Form Series

Hack the City
Fox Lab / Yourmama

Executive Producer: Mayra Faour Auad
Leonardo Haar, Beatriz Morgado, Eduardo Rostirolla, Leonardo Neumann, Henrique Molina, Bruno Almeida
Wladimir Winter
Writer: Marcelo Gavini
Principal Cast:
Raquel Brust , Catarina Martins, Kevin David, Levis Novaes, Lidia Thays, Louis Rodrigues, Raphael Fidelis, Suyane Ynaya, Vinni Tex, Leandro Mendes “Vigas”, Guto Requena
In this National Geographic series we follow four people with different backgrounds in their journey to solve serious problems in the city through design and technology, hacking the city and creating, producing and implementing real solutions.



La Reina del Flow
Teleset / Caracol Television

Executive Producers: Juana Uribe, Juan Pablo Posada, Luis Eduardo Jimenez
Luis Eduardo Jimenez
Liliana Bocanegra, Rodrigo Lalinde
Claudia Sánchez, Said Chamie
Principal Cast:
Carolina Ramírez, Carlos Torres, Andrés Sandoval
Seventeen years after being wrongly imprisoned, a talented songwriter seeks justice against the men who caused her downfall and killed her family.


TV Movie / Mini-Series

Safe Harbour
Matchbox Pictures

Executive Producer: Debbie Lee
Stephen Corvini
Glendyn Ivin
Belinda Chayko, Matt Cameron, Phil Enchelmaier
Principal Cast:
Ewen Leslie, Leeanna Walsman, Hazem Shammas, Nicole Chamoun, Jacqueline McKenzie, Phoebe Tonkin, Joel Jackson, Robert Rabiah
On a yachting holiday, five Australians come across a broken-down boat full of desperate asylum-seekers. The Australians decide to tow the refugees, but the next morning the boat is gone. Years later they meet some of the refugees again and learn the truth. Someone cut the rope between the boats and, as a result, seven people died. A wedge is driven between the Australians, as they grapple with protecting themselves and doing the right thing. The refugees struggle with desire for justice and, possibly, revenge. Old secrets come to light, relationships are shattered and lives are put in danger. And one question hangs over it all – who cut the rope?


About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards held in New York, The International Emmy® Kids Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Short-Form Series, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances and Kids programming. For more information, go to www.iemmys.tv


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