Yeonmo [The King’s Affection] Receives First Emmy® For a Telenovela from South Korea

My Better World Receives First Emmy® for a Kids Program from South Africa

Actors Lou de Laâge and Dougray Scott Win Best Performance Categories


NEW YORK, November 21, 2022 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Emmys to television creators and performers from eight different countries including the UK, South Korea, Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand at the 50th International Emmy® Awards tonight in New York City. The Gala was attended by television professionals from around the world and hosted by Penn & Teller’s Penn Jillette, at the Hilton Hotel.

“Television around the world has really come of age.” said International Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner.  “What is especially gratifying on this 50th anniversary is seeing the number of countries globally which produce world class television programs and personalities, and win Emmys.”

2 Special Awards and 15 Emmy® statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening.

South Korean actor Song Joong-ki presented the Directorate Award to Miky Lee, Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group.

Actors Blair Underwood and Benjamin Bratt presented the Founders Award to writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay.

The 15 winning International Emmy® programs and performances are: Freddie Mercury: The Final Act (Arts Programming), Dougray Scott (Best Performance by an Actor), Lou de Laâge (Best Performance by an Actress), Sex Education – Season 3 (Comedy), Enfants de Daech, les damnés de la guerre [Iraq’s Lost Generation] (Documentary), Vigil (Drama Series), Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas (Kids: Animation), My Better World (Kids: Factual & Entertainment), KABAM! Kids: Live Action), Queen of Speed (Sports Documentary), Buscando A Frida (Non-English Language US Primetime Program), Love on the Spectrum- Season 2 (Non-Scripted Entertainment), Rūrangi (Short-Form Series), Yeonmo [The King’s Affection] (Telenovela) and Help (TV Movie/Mini-Series). Complete winners’ information follows this release.

Dougray Scott accepted the Emmy® for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as detective Ray Lennox in Irvine Welsh’s Crime.

Lou de Laâge accepted the Emmy® for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Eugenie in Le Bal Des Folles [The Mad Women’s Ball].


2022 International Emmy® Awards Winners


Arts Programming

Freddie Mercury: The Final Act

Rogan Productions
United Kingdom
The HIV / AIDS story told through Freddie Mercury’s final years. Featuring exclusive interviews with Brian May, Roger Taylor, Freddie’s sister Kashmira, and many rock legends. Our story shows that the darkest corners of shame can be banished with honesty, friendship, and of course, rock and roll.


Best Performance by an Actor

Dougray Scott in Irvine Welsh’s Crime

Buccaneer / Off Grid Film & TV
United Kingdom
Crime follows the pursuit of serial killer ‘Mr. Confectioner’ by Ray Lennox, a detective engaged in a battle with his demons. Lennox’s problems are rooted in family dysfunction and childhood trauma.


Best Performance by an Actress

Lou de Laâge in Le Bal Des Folles [The Mad Women’s Ball]

Légende Films / Amazon Studios
Eugenie hears and sees the dead. When her family discovers her secret at the end of the 19th century, she is taken by her father and brother to the neurological clinic at La Pitié Salpêtrière with no possibility of escaping her fate.



Sex Education – Season 3

Netflix / Eleven Film
United Kingdom
Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom.



Enfants de Daech, les damnés de la guerre [Iraq’s Lost Generation]

In Post-ISIS Iraq, thousands of “children of ISIS” are living in disastrous sanitary and humanitarian conditions. They have no access to medical care, food assistance, nor, above all, education. This investigation offers a voice to those minors. How can they find a place in society?


Drama Series


World Productions
United Kingdom
The mysterious disappearance of a Scottish fishing trawler and a death onboard a Trident nuclear submarine bring the police into conflict with the Navy and British security services.


Kids: Animation

Shaun the Sheep: Flight Before Christmas

Aardman / BBC / Netflix
United Kingdom
When Shaun’s hunt for a bigger stocking hits a snag, the whole farm sets out on a wild holiday adventure — complete with a sleigh!


Kids: Factual & Entertainment

My Better World

Fundi Films / MAAN Creative / Impact(ed) International
South Africa
My Better World is an animated series following the adventures of six teens as they navigate school, family and friendship. Join them on their journey and meet real-life game-changers making waves in their community.


Kids: Live-Action


Ijswater Films / KRO-NCRV
KABAM! is all about common childhood fears. Everyone gets scared sometimes. This preschool drama series shows in a light-hearted way that there’s a solution to anything. Just use a little imagination, that’s the way to do it!


Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program

Buscando a Frida

Telemundo Global Studios / Argos
United States of America
Frida Pons’ parents begin a search for their lost daughter. Her cousins, who last saw her at a party, have no recollection of her whereabouts. In this frantic search, even her closest relatives are considered suspects until proven innocent.


Non-Scripted Entertainment

Love on the Spectrum – Season 2

Northern Pictures
Love on the Spectrum follows young adults on the autism spectrum as they explore the unpredictable world of love, dating and relationships. This series celebrates diversity and difference, and teaches us lessons of love and acceptance.


Short-Form Series


New Zealand
After skipping town a decade ago, transgender activist Caz Davis returns to the remote and politically divided dairy community of Rūrangi, hoping to reconnect with his estranged father, who hasn’t heard from him since before Caz’s transition.


Sports Documentary

Queen Of Speed

Drum Studios
United Kingdom
Queen of Speed tells the story of Michèle Mouton’s battle to rise to the top of the male-dominated world of rallying in the 70s and 80s, earning her nickname as ‘The Queen of Speed’ and making history.



Yeonmo [The King’s Affection]

KBS / Arc Media / Monster Union / Netflix
South Korea
What if there was a King who was a woman but must pretend to be a man? What if, then, a man fell in love with this ‘King’ without knowing their true identity? A romantic yet tragic story of two young persons enwrapped in the royal court politics.


TV Movie / Mini-Series


The Forge Entertainment / One Shoe Films
United Kingdom
A young care home worker forms an unlikely bond with a resident living with young onset dementia. But when the Covid-19 pandemic hits, her character and their relationship are put to the test under horrifying circumstances.

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 60+ countries from all sectors of television including digital, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards held in New York,  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, 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,  Sports Documentary, 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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