Argentina and Jordan win first Emmys

November 25th, 2008 - 1:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, Nov 25 (DPA) Argentina and Jordan picked up their first International Emmy Awards Monday night as the Britain once again dominated the awards show with seven prizes.Argentina won in the TV Movie/Mini Series category for Television Por La Identidad about the children of mothers who disappeared during the military dictatorship and Jordan won in the Telenovela category for Al-Igtiyah (The Invasion) a Palestinian love story that takes place against the backdrop of an Israeli incursion.

The Netherlands won in the Non-Scripted Entertainment category with The Big Donor Show, a pretended reality show staged as though a terminally ill woman were to donate a kidney to one of three contestants.

The Best Actor went to David Suchet for his portrayal of former media king Robert Maxwell in the biography series Maxwell and Best Actress was won by Britain’s Lucy Cohu for her performance as Liz in the drama series Forgiven.

“We would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s winners. They help us fulfill The International Academy’s mission to recognize those who have made an impact in television on a global level,” said Academy President Bruce Paisner.

Law and Order creator and executive producer Dick Wolf, one of television’s most prolific writers and producers, and architect of the Law and Order brand, was honoured with the International Emmy Founders’ Award for his creative achievements and international success.

The prizes were presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - which counts as members broadcasters from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies.

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