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Int'l Emmy Awards: more than just prizes for British shows.

Int'l Emmy Awards: More Than Just Prizes For British Shows

One good thing about having an event like the International Emmy Awards Gala televised, is that the pauses between takes can be used for eating, so they seem shorter.

Nevertheless, and without taking anything away from the Gala, the most enjoyable event is still the preceding cocktail.

The recently concluded International Emmys, their 18th annual occurrence, is to be televised in 10 countries.

Hosted by John Forsythe, it featured Jane Seymour, Christopher Reeves, Alan Alda and Olympia Dukakis. Kenny Rogers, Brazilian TV star Xuxa, Jose Carreras and Russian violinist Eugene Fodor presented awards and entertained.

Some 800 guests crowded New York's Sheraton Center, with ABC's Chairman Thomas S. Murphy serving as Dinner Chairman. International Emmy Awards were presented in the categories of Drama, Documentary, Arts Documentary, Popular Arts, Performing Arts, and Children/Young People. As in past years, most awards went to English-language programs. This 18th International Emmy Awards was a record year for entries with over 250 programs entered from more than 25 countries. There were many "first time" entrants from countries including Hungary and the Republic of China.

The Directorate Awards were given to Henrikas Yushkiavitshus, UNESCO's assistant director general and former vice chairman of Soviet TV, while Joan Ganz Gooney was the recipient of the Founders Award for having founded the Children's Television Workshop.

The International Emmys were characterized by an unusual burst of activities, which started with a morning meeting, followed by the International Council's board of directors luncheon-conference. Moderated by Henry Schleiff, chairman of Viacom Broadcast Group, the panel included ABC's chairman Thomas Murphy, NBC's president and CEO Robert Wright, and CBS's chairman Lawrence Tisch. Never before had such powerful executives participated in a Council event. All three network executives strongly objected to U.S. government limitations imposed on them, but exempted foreign production companies that do business in the U.S.

The day following the Emmy Awards Gala was marked by a symposium that discussed ways and means by which Western broadcasters can support the development of television in Eastern European countries.

Gene Jankowski, former president of CBS and chairman of the Council's Outreach Committee, was the moderator.

Topics covered included the degree to which U.S. programming would be welcomed by Eastern European stations, the need for investment and training in Eastern Europe and how quickly should commercialization be introduced.

Among the Eastern Europeans represented on the panel were Milan Bauman, vice director general for Cekoslovenska Televize in Prague and Elemer Hankiss, president of Magyar Television in Hungary. Also attending was Andrezej Krajewski, a Washington correspondent for Polish radio and television.

PHOTO : On the panel from l. to r.: Milan Bauman, Vice Director-General and Director for Technique, Economy, Administration, at Ceskoslovenska Televize in Prague; Dr. Elemer Hankiss, President, Magyar TV Hungary; Andrzej Krajewski, Polish radio and TV's Washington Correspondent and Henrikas Yushkiavitshus, formerly of the Soviet TV and now Assistant Director General of UNESCO.

PHOTO : The International Council's annual Board of Directors luncheon. From left to right: Thomas Murphy, Chairman of the Board, CapCities/ABC; Robert Wright, President/CEO, NBC; Laurence Tisch, Chairman, CBS.

PHOTO : Worldvision's Mrs. and Mr. John Ryan, Mrs. and Mr. Bert Cohen

PHOTO : Paramount's Joe Lucas, Bruce Gordon (c.), MIDEM's Barney Barnhard

PHOTO : Telecast's Andrea Kreuzhage, Beta's Klaus Hallig, Orion's John Laing (r.)

PHOTO : RAI Corporation's Renato Pachetti and guests

PHOTO : Charles Bonan, SuperChannel's M. Marcucci, King World's Fred Cohen

PHOTO : Warner's Michael Solomon, WIN's Larry Gershman, Mrs. and Mr. Antoine de Clermont Tonnere

PHOTO : Reteitalia's Daniele Lorenzano and Silvia Arcari

PHOTO : 20th Century Fox' Bill Saunders and Nine Net's Len Mauger

PHOTO : All American TV's David Armstrong, CBS' Jim Warner

PHOTO : IBS' Armando Nunez Jr., Viacom's Bruce Boro
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Date:Jan 1, 1991
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