“La Caida” [Dive] (Mexico) Wins TV Movie/Mini-Series While Lead Karla Souza Wins Best Performance by an Actress

“Yargi” (Turkey) Wins Telenovela

“Derry Girls – Season 3” (UK) and Vir Das: Landing (India) Tie for Wins in Comedy

Jesse Armstrong and Ektaa R. Kapoor Presented with Special Awards


NEW YORK, November 20, 2023 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented Emmys to television creators and performers from nine countries at the 51st International Emmy® Awards tonight in New York City. The Gala was attended by television professionals from around the world and hosted by actor & comedian Rhys Darby.

The special Founders Emmy® was presented to Jesse Armstrong, creator of the hit HBO show “Succession” by Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO and Max Content.

The Directorate Award was presented to Ektaa R. Kapoor, Co-Founder of Balaji Telefilms by Dr. Deepak Chopra.

“In a tumultuous time, television again proves to be a common denominator for people around the world.” said International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “The International Academy is proud to shine a global spotlight on these outstanding programs and performances.”

In addition to the 2 Special Awards, 15 Emmy® statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening.

The 15 winning International Emmy® programs and performances are: Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On (Arts Programming), Martin Freeman (Best Performance by an Actor), Karla Souza (Best Performance by an Actress), TIE Derry Girls – Season 3 and Vir Das: Landing (Comedy), Mariupol: The People’s Story (Documentary), The Empress (Drama Series), The Smeds and The Smoos (Kids: Animation), Built To Survive (Kids: Factual & Entertainment), Heartbreak High(Kids: Live Action), Harley & Katya (Sports Documentary), A Ponte – The Bridge Brasil (Non-Scripted Entertainment), Des Gens Bien Ordinaires [A Very Ordinary World] (Short-Form Series), Yargi (Telenovela) and La Caida [Dive] (TV Movie/Mini-Series).

Complete winners’ information of programs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Turkey, and the United Kingdom follows this release.

There is a tie in the comedy category with Derry Girls – Season 3 and Vir Das: Landing both winning.

Karla Souza accepted the Emmy® for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Olympic diver Mariel, in La Caida [Dive].

2023 International Emmy® Awards Winners


Arts Programming

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

Eagle Vision / White Pine Pictures / Paquin Entertainment
Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it On is a challenging account of this cultural and musical icon’s lifelong commitment to music, and sharing the truth. Buffy shares her own story from her early love of music to the activism she continues to this day.


Best Performance by an Actor              

Martin Freeman in The Responder

Dancing Ledge Productions
United Kingdom
Chris (Martin Freeman) drives a frontline response vehicle in his fragmented hometown of Liverpool. Night after night he faces crime, violence and addiction on the streets, whilst battling against personal demons that threaten to destabilize his work, his marriage and his mental health.


Best Performance by an Actress

Karla Souza in La Caída [Dive]

Madam / Filmadora / Infinity Hill / Amazon
Mariel started diving when she was 8 years old. The pool is her life. She says she has water, not blood flowing through her veins. She has trained with Braulio her entire life and trusts him more than she trusts herself. He sees her like no one else can. He keeps his promises; she’s become a world renown Olympic diver. Mariel is the most recognized Mexican athlete of all time. Introverted, disciplined, and determined, Mariel has to choose between Olympic greatness, or healing her painful past.



Derry Girls – Season 3

Hat Trick Productions
United Kingdom
Lisa McGee’s sitcom about a group of working-class teenagers coming of age in the 90’s in Northern Ireland. While theres hope in the air that The Troubles may finally be over, the gang’s troubles are only just getting started as they get ever closer to adulthood.


Vir Das: Landing

Weirdass Comedy / Rotten Science / Netflix
Vir Das dives deep into his childhood in India, the perils of outrage and finding his footing in the world for his fourth Netflix stand-up special.



Mariupol: The People’s Story

Top Hat Productions / Hayloft Productions / BBC
United Kingdom
Told and mostly filmed by the people of Mariupol, this is the deeply personal account of the destruction of a Ukrainian city. This documentary is a story of war crimes and suffering but also one of startling courage, of the endurance of morality and love in the midst of war, and of undaunted spirit.


Drama Series

The Empress

Sommerhaus Serien GmbH / Netflix
When rebellious Elisabeth falls for Emperor Franz and becomes his unlikely bride, she enters a world of tensions and intrigue at the Viennese court.


Non-Scripted Entertainment

A Ponte – The Bridge Brasil

Warner Bros. Discovery / Endemol Shine Brasil
12 participants isolated in the wilderness have 20 days to get to know each other and build a bridge that will take them to a treasure that awaits on the other side of a river. If they succeed, they will have to choose the winner.


Short-Form Series

Des Gens Bien Ordinaires [A Very Ordinary World]

Magneto / Canal+
In a dystopian world where women hold the power, Romain, a sociology student, is attracted to the bright lights of porn film sets, which he sees as a path to emancipation. This story puts a twist on the porn industry to deliver a critique of our world.


Sports Documentary

Harley & Katya

Stranger Than Fiction Films
A documentary about Indigenous Australian figure skater Harley Windsor and his young Russian pair skating partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. This unlikely duo made history, but at what cost?



Yargi [Family Secrets]

Ay Yapim
Prosecutor Ilgaz has to find a highly competent attorney when his brother is accused of murder. He crosses paths with Ceylin, a limitless attorney. Things change when the victim turns out to be Ceylin’s sister. When the war between them turns into a passionate love, everything turns upside down.


TV Movie/Mini-Series

La Caída [Dive]

Madam / Filmadora / Infinity Hill / Amazon
Mariel (Karla Souza) is a veteran competitive diver who has one last chance at the Olympics. However, when a terrible truth surfaces, Mariel has to confront her biggest personal dilemma yet: is winning really her ultimate dream?


Kids: Animation

The Smeds and The Smoos

Magic Light Pictures
United Kingdom
On a faraway planet, Janet and Bill meet in the Wurpular Wood and fall in love, but their families, the Smeds and the Smoos, cannot accept the match after generations of division. When the pair elope, the warring families must work together to find the young Smed and Smoo. 


Kids: Factual & Entertainment

Built To Survive

Butter Media / Breslin Media / Australian Broadcasting Corporation / Australian Children’s Television Foundation
Get up close to the world’s most unique creatures to reveal the ultimate survivors of Australia’s most extreme natural habitats. Join Phil Breslin in his quest to answer – who is Built to Survive?


Kids: Live-Action

Heartbreak High

Fremantle / Newbe / Netflix
An incendiary mural exposes everyone’s secret hook-ups at Hartley High. Its author, Amerie, has to grapple with the messy fallouts as a total outcast.

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 International Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards held in New York City, 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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