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Int'l Emmys: 25 and going strong.

This year the International Emmys celebrate 25 years of rewarding excellence in programming made outside the United States. The organization also celebrates the highest number of program entries in International Emmy history.

The International Council of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presents the International Emmy Awards every November in New York. Peter Ustinov will once again host the gala in which six program awards in the categories of Drama, Documentary, Arts Documentary, Performing Arts and Children & Young People will be presented. In addition, two special awards will be given out: the Directorate Award will go to Dieter Stolte, director general of ZDF German Television, and the Founders Award will go to Jac Venza, director of Cultural and Arts Programs at PBS flagship station Thirteen/WNET in New York and executive producer of PBS' Great Performances. The International Council/UNICEF International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award will also be Children's Day of Broadcasting. Jeff Sagansky, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, will chair the dinner.

According to Larry Gershman, chairman of World International Network and co-chair of the International Emmy Awards Committee, the judging process opened up five years ago to include preliminary rounds around the world. "We felt that opening up the judging would bring in more participation, which it has. The quality keeps getting better," commented Gershman.

The preliminary round of judging for the International Emmys took place in September in four different cities; each judging was hosted by a director of the International Council. Charles Allen, chairman of the Granada Media Group in the U.K., supervised the judging of all English-language programming; Alexander Zilo, president and CEO of Orbit Communications in Italy, oversaw the judging of all non-English-language programming from Europe; Lucio Pagliaro, general director of Artear in Argentina, oversaw the judging of all Latin American programming; and May-yee Cheung, director of Broadcasting at Radio Television Hong Kong, supervised the judging of all non-English-language programming from the Pacific Rim.

The highest-scoring program from each site was judged in a final round of judging that took place in New York and Los Angeles in October. (At press time the names of the winners had not been released.) Gillian Rose, president of Chelsea Media International, is co-chair of the International Emmy Awards Committee with Gershman, who is also on The International Council's board of directors.
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Publication:Video Age International
Date:Nov 1, 1997
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