DR. THOMAS BELLUT, DIRECTOR GENERAL ZDF GERMAN TELEVISION TO RECEIVE 2021 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® DIRECTORATE AWARD

Network Recognized by Academy as it Prepares to Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary

New York, December 1, 2020Dr. Thomas Bellut, Director General of German national broadcaster ZDF, one of Europe’s major and most renowned public broadcasters, will receive the International Academy’s 2021 Directorate Emmy® Award, it was announced today by Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The International Academy’s Special Emmy will be presented to Bellut at the 49th International Emmy® Awards Gala, on Monday, November 22, 2021 in New York City.

The presentation of the award to Mr. Bellut was originally planned for the 2020 International Emmy® Awards ceremony, in recognition of his outstanding leadership of ZDF and in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the reunification of Germany, to which ZDF contributed with intensive coverage. It was postponed to 2021 due to covid-19 related circumstances. In 2021, ZDF will mark the 60th anniversary of the organization’s founding.

“Thomas Bellut is an outstanding journalist, broadcaster and executive, with a 30-year career at ZDF who has made an important mark on television in Germany and beyond”, said Bruce L. Paisner, President and CEO of the International Academy. “It’s a year later than we had planned, but we’re still very pleased that he will receive our Directorate Emmy next November.”

Dr. Thomas Bellut:”In Germany we particularly appreciate the value of free and independent media. I am therefore very pleased that the Academy has expressly linked the award with the ZDF’s achievements in the context of German reunification. This singular chapter of contemporary history has shaped my professional life as a journalist and media manager ”

Bellut became director general of German public television broadcaster ZDF in 2012, after serving as the company’s program director for a decade and before that as correspondent and managing editor in the news division, for over 25 years. Since his appointment at the helm of the channel, he has made quality dramas a priority while continuing to produce popular non-scripted shows, including major global success and International Emmy winner Generation War; the 1950s-set miniseries Ku’damm 59; and long-running natural-history and science series Terra X. In an effort to better compete on the streaming front, Bellut recently called for cross-linking the content of on-demand services with other German public broadcasters instead of attempting to set up one central OTT platform.

On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, of which Thomas Bellut is Chairman, is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. In addition to its commercial activities for ZDF, ZDF Enterprises has also been able to establish itself successfully as an independent market player in both national and international environments. As part of the ZDF group, the company has at its disposal the largest German-language program collection in the world, consisting of series and mini-series, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs.

 


About Thomas Bellut and ZDF

Since March 2012, ZDF has been headed by Director- General Thomas Bellut. He was elected by the 60-member governing body, the ZDF Television Council, which represents the interests of the general public. Part of its role is to establish and monitor program standards. Responsibility for corporate guidelines and budget control lies with the 14-member ZDF Administrative Council. ZDF is based in Mainz, but also maintains permanent bureaus in the 16 Länder capitals as well as special editorial and production facilities in Berlin. For international coverage, ZDF has foreign correspondents operating in 19 permanent bureaus worldwide. ZDF offers full-range generalist programming with a mix of information, education, arts, entertainment and sports. Its coverage provides both a broad view on the world and a comprehensive picture of Germany. ZDF also operates the two thematic channels ZDFneo and ZDF info. In partnership with other public broadcasters, ZDF jointly operates the internet-only offer funk, the German channels Phoenix and Kika and the European channels 3sat and Arte.

 


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 MIP 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

 


Media Contacts

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
  
The Lippin Group 
Matt Biscuiti 
 
 

2020 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® WINNERS ANNOUNCED LIVE AT CEREMONY HELD FROM NEW YORK CITY

Actors Glenda Jackson & 13 Year Old Billy Barratt Win Best Performance Categories  
 
Drama Series Delhi Crime Wins First Ever Emmy® for an Indian Program 
 
 La Reina del Sur – Season 2 and 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, Tie for a Win in Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program Category  
 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Receives the 2020 International Emmy® Founders Award
 
 

New York, November 23, 2020 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 48th International Emmy® Awards today during a live ceremony hosted by actor Richard Kind in New York City.  

“Once again, the International Emmy winners demonstrate the universal power of great television, which brings us together and breaks down cultural boundaries and pandemic induced limitations,” said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce Paisner. “Although we miss our annual Gala in New York, we are proud to bring these programs and performances to our global stage, and we congratulate the winners on their outstanding achievement.” 
 
The International Academy presented 1 Special Award and 12 Emmys across 11 categories, due to a tie in the Non-English Language U.S. Primetime category. 
 
Bruce Paisner presented Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York with the 2020 International Emmy Founders Award for his exceptional use of television for Public service during the Covid-19 pandemic. Joining him were fellow New Yorkers Billy Joel, Billy Crystal, Robert De Niro, Rosie Perez and Ben Stiller, who recorded special congratulatory messages. 
 
The cast of presenters included a mix of New York based and international actors and on-air talent. The New York based cast included: Kelsey Asbille (Fargo, Yellowstone), Paul Blackthorne (Arrow), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tim Daly (Madam Secretary), Naturi Naughton (Power), Tom Payne (Prodigal Son, The Walking Dead), Nico Tortorella (Younger, The Walking Dead: The World Beyond) Indira Varma (For Life, Game of Thrones). The international cast included: Haluk Bilginer from Istanbul, Turkey (2019 International Emmy® Winner and star of Ay Yapim’s Persona), Caroline Peters from Cologne NRW, Germany (Actress and Writer), Caua Reymond from Rio, Brazil (star of Globo’s Iron Island), Miguel Angel Silvestre from Madrid, Spain (HBO’s 30 Coins) and Fu Xiaotian from Hong Kong, PR China, (Host of Phoenix’s Talk with World Leaders). 
 
13-year-old Billy Barratt accepted the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actor for his role as Ray in Responsible Child. He is the youngest actor ever nominated and winning in this category. 
 
Glenda Jackson won the Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress for her role as Maud in Elizabeth is Missing
 
Drama Series Delhi Crime garnered the first ever Emmy for a program from India. 
 
The 12 winning International Emmy programs and performances span 7 countries: Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, India, the UK and the US. They are: Vertige de la Chute (Ressaca) – Arts Programming, Billy Barratt – Best Performance by an Actor, Glenda Jackson – Best Performance by an Actress, Ninguém Tá Olhando (Nobody’s Looking) – Comedy, For Sama – Documentary, Delhi Crime – Drama Series, La Reina del Sur – Season 2 – Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program, 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® – Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program, Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds – Non-Scripted Entertainment, #martyisdead – Short-Form Series, Órfãos Da Terra (Orphans of a Nation) – Telenovela, and Responsible Child – TV Movie/Mini-Series. Complete winners’ information follows this release.

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2020 International Emmy® Awards Winners 

 

 

Arts Programming

Vertige de la Chute (Ressaca) 

Babel Doc / France Televisions / Cafeína Produções
France 
Brazil’s National Ballet was fighting for its survival. The State of Rio was bankrupt, and dancers were no longer paid. Artists joined the resistance, declaring when there is no more bread and no more culture, there would be chaos. Our art is our weapon and we’re going to use it.


Best Performance by an Actor

Billy Barratt in Responsible Child 
Kudos / 72 Films / BBC Two
United Kingdom
Based on a true story, Responsible Child follows Ray, a 12 year old boy who finds himself standing trial for murder. Told in two time frames, it follows his journey through the legal system and engages with the on-going debate around the appropriate age of criminal responsibility. 


Best Performance by an Actress

Glenda Jackson in Elizabeth is Missing 
STV Productions
United Kingdom
Glenda Jackson stars as Maud, a woman on a mission to find her missing friend Elizabeth. But her search unearths a much darker unsolved mystery – her sister’s disappearance, long-buried in the recesses of her memory. Can she discover the fate of both missing women before dementia erases the clues?
 


Comedy

Ninguém Tá Olhando (Nobody’s Looking)
Gullane / Netflix
Brazil
A new guardian “angelus” uncovers a secret behind the Angelus System’s bureaucracy that leads him to break its official rules about protecting humans. 

 

Documentary


For Sama 
Channel 4 News / ITN Productions / Channel 4 / PBS Frontline
United Kingdom
For Sama is a journey into the female experience of war. A love letter from mother to daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria, as she falls in love, gets married, and gives birth to Sama.  
 
 

Drama Series


Delhi Crime 
Golden Karavan / SK Global Entertainment / Film Karavan / Netflix
India
As Delhi reels in the aftermath of a gang rape, DCP Vartika Chaturvedi leads a painstaking search for the culprits. Based on the 2012 Nirbhaya case.  

Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program

La Reina del Sur – Season 2
Telemundo Global Studios / Netflix / AG Studios Colombia / Diagonal TV / Argos / JK Films
United States
For the past eight years, Teresa Mendoza has lived incognito in Italy far away from her enemies. When they find her and kidnap her daughter Sofia, she must travel across the world to destroy all the obstacles in her way of recovering her child. 
 
20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®
Univision / The Latin Recording Academy
United States
The 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards honored international excellence in music and the legacy of The Latin Recording Academy, which nurtures, celebrates, honors, and elevates Latin music and its makers around the world and fosters the next generation through its Cultural Foundation. 
 

Non-Scripted Entertainment


Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds 
Endemol Shine Australia
Australia
This factual series is based around a social experiment where a group of retirement home residents is brought together with a group of pre-schoolers to see the first-hand benefits that intergenerational contact can have on the elderly.

 

Short-Form Series


#martyisdead 
Bionaut / MALL.TV / cz.nic
Czech Republic
When 15-year old Márty dies, his father follows the footprints of his digital life. Why did he die, and how could he have taken part in horrific incidents? Inspired by real cases of cyberbullying. 

 

Telenovela


Órfãos Da Terra (Orphans of a Nation) 
Globo
Brazil
Several cultures, beliefs, dreams, accents and only one nation: Brazil. Surprised by passion while they escape a nation at war, Laila and Jamil land in Brazil. She is a Syrian refugee. He is a Lebanese employee of the powerful sheik Aziz Abdallah, who forced Laila to become one of his wives. 

 

TV Movie / Mini-Series


Responsible Child 
Kudos / 72 Films / BBC Two
United Kingdom
Based on a true story, Responsible Child follows Ray, a 12 year old boy who finds himself standing trial for murder. Told in two time frames, it follows his journey through the legal system and engages with the on-going debate around the appropriate age of criminal responsibility.
 

 

 


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 MIP 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

 


Media Contacts

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
eva.obadia@iemmys.tv

The Lippin Group
Matt Biscuiti
matt@lippingroup.com

 


 
 
The 48th International Emmy Awards ceremony was streamed live Monday, November 23 on the International Academy’s website www.iemmys.tv at 11 AM ET. 
The 44 Nominees were live from 20 countries thanks to the Video Call Center (The VCC) broadcast quality remote video connection technology. 
 
Acceptance speeches and highlights will be available at www.iemmys.tv after the live stream. 
 
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NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO TO RECEIVE 2020 INTERNATIONAL EMMY® FOUNDERS AWARD

International Academy to Recognize his Effective Use of Television During the Pandemic

New York, November 20, 2020Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will receive this year’s International Emmy® Founders Award, in recognition of his leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic and his masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world. The Emmy® will be presented to Governor Cuomo, also a New York Times best-selling author, during the Academy’s live,  International Emmy® Awards show streaming at 11 AM ET, on the Academy’s website www.iemmys.tv, on November 23.

“The Governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” said International Academy President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner.  “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”

The Founder’s Award is presented to an individual or organization who “crosses cultural boundaries to touch our common humanity”. Prior recipients include Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and Steven Spielberg.

On March 2, 2020, New York Governor Cuomo conducted a media briefing from Manhattan to inform and educate New Yorkers and the public at large about the coronavirus outbreak that was just starting to be recognized as a massive public health threat. That 12-minute introduction, part of a 34-minute session with other state leaders, was the first of 111 consecutive daily briefings for New Yorkers and the wider world about the grim progress of the worst pandemic to hit the United States in a century. The briefings were carried live by New York’s local TV stations, nationally on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other news outlets in the U.S. and around the world.  The last “daily” briefing was held on June 19, 2020. These daily communications have drawn a total of 59 million viewers.

Andrew M. Cuomo is the 56th Governor of New York. After the 1996 election, President Clinton appointed him to serve as HUD Secretary. In 2006, he was elected New York State Attorney General. In 2010 he was elected Governor and re-elected twice in 2014 and 2018.

 


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 MIP 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

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY ANNOUNCES HOST RICHARD KIND & PRESENTER LINE-UP

New York, November 16, 2020The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced its Host and Presenter line-up for the International Emmy® Awards ceremony streaming live on Monday, November 23rd at 11 am ET on the Academy’s website www.iemmys.tv

TV, Film & Stage Actor Richard Kind will host live from New York City. “How lucky am I to be the first Biden-era American representative to the International Emmys!” said Kind about hosting.

He will be joined by a cast of New York based and international presenters.

The New York cast includes: Kelsey Asbille (Fargo, Yellowstone), Paul Blackthorne (Arrow), Titus Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Tim Daly (Madam Secretary), Indira Varna (For Life, Game of Thrones). The international cast includes : Haluk Bilginer from Istanbul, Turkey (2019 International Emmy® Winner and star of Ay Yapim’s Persona), Caroline Peters from Cologne NRW, Germany (Actress and Writer), Caua Reymond from Rio, Brazil (star of Globo’s Iron Island), Miguel Angel Silvestre from Madrid, Spain (HBO’s 30 Coins) and Fu Xiaotian from Hong Kong, PR China, (Host of Phoenix’s Talk with World Leaders).

Richard Kind is a Drama Desk Award Winner and Tony Nominee for the Broadway Hit, The Big Knife, Kind is an accomplished stage, screen and television actor who continues to redefine the term character actor. Kind appeared in the Academy Award Winning Best Picture, Argo for director Ben Affleck and starred as ‘Bing Bong’ in the hit Pixar Film, Inside Out. He played a memorable, heartbreaking role in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter. Apart from his infamous roles on Spin City and Mad About You, Kind was also a series regular on the acclaimed HBO series, Luck as well as three seasons on Amazon’s Red Oaks. He has guest starred on many shows, and has had recurring roles on Fox’s Gotham, Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, and has appeared numerous times on Young Sheldon, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit. On stage, Kind has starred in Guys and Dolls in London, the smash hit Broadway musical The Producers, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Candide, and Bounce, among others. Kind started his career in Chicago with the Practical Theatre Company, founded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Hall and Gary Kroeger.

 


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 MIP 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

 


Media Contacts

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Senior Director, Communications & Partnerships
eva.obadia@iemmys.tv

The Lippin Group
Matt Biscuiti
matt@lippingroup.com