David Frost honored at Int'l Emmys

7:21 PM PST 11/23/2009 by Georg Szalai, AP

U.K. dominates awards with five; Brazil picks up first trophy

NEW YORK -- Brazil took home the country's first-ever International Emmy Award on Monday night, while the U.K. once again won the most statuettes -- five out of 10.

Hosted by Graham Norton, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' 37th annual black-tie gala at the New York Hilton honored Brazil's TV Globo in the telenovela category for its "India -- A Love Story."

Shows from Japan, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany also received International Emmys. Japan's "Hishi Shinichi's Short Shorts" won in the competitive comedy category, which also included U.K. nominee "Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor ...," Brazil's "The Slum" and Germany's "Turkish for Beginners." And Dutch entry "The Phone" beat out such other nonscripted entertainment nominees as "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here" from the U.K. and "The Amazing Race Asia" from Singapore.

The U.K. dominated the two actor categories, with honors for Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, and also won in the documentary, arts and children & young people areas.

The U.K. had garnered nine nominations, followed by Brazil's five and three apiece for the Philippines, Germany and Mexico.

Winners from non-U.K. countries celebrated their Emmys particularly loudly.

"There will be an afterparty; we will misbehave," Dutchman Willem Brom of production firm Park Lane said to much applause and laughter when he accepted the award for nonscripted entertainment programming.

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In a special moment during Monday's gala, two of the best-known interviewers took the stage as Barbara Walters presented the International Emmy Founders Award to David Frost for his contributions to the TV industry -- ranging from his pioneering political satire via "That Was the Week That Was" to conducting interviews with former President Nixon and many other newsmakers.

Frost, who had interviewed Walters years ago and has been her friend for a long time, was greeted with a standing ovation before he entertained the crowd.

"Pray for the silence of Sir David Frost," he recounted a mis-worded recent introduction he had received.

He also looked back at the changes the industry has gone through since he started his career. For example, digital TV used to simply mean turning on a TV set with a finger, he quipped.

Frost also recounted the words that a young TV reporter who worked with him once used during a stand-up: "Welcome to Israel, a mecca for tourists."



Plus, Markus Schachter, director general of German pubcaster ZDF, was presented with the Directorate Award by Henry Kissinger, with the academy citing his leadership and the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as deciding factors.

The cast of award presenters included Edie Falco, Alexa Chung, Moby, Matt Bomer, Paula Zahn, Keke Palmer, Matthew Rhys, Ed Westwick, Paul Schulze and Rachel Roy.

Monday's preshow featured appearances by International Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner, chairman Fred Cohen and gala chair Blair Westlake, corporate vp of the media and entertainment group at Microsoft.

Norton rarely hit his stride Monday night but earned some laughs.

He joked that it was difficult to give funny speeches these days given Oprah Winfrey's announcement of her ending her syndicated talk show in 2011. "That does cast a long shadow," he quipped.

He poked fun at a range of people and things -- Sarah Palin, the current health care debate in the U.S., President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, swine flu, GM and Lehman Bros.

Norton also introduced Kissinger by saying he was Secretary of State "when men could still get that job."

When Kissinger stepped onto the stage, many in the industry crowd raised their cell phones and other devices to snap pictures or take videos.

About 1,000 media and entertainment professionals were expected at the gala, including representatives of the 41 nominees from 17 countries. The International Emmys honor TV programs produced outside the U.S.

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A complete list of winners is on the next page.



International Emmy Award Winners

Drama
"The Protectors," Danish Broadcasting Corp. *, Denmark
* in association with ZDF/NRK/SVT

Comedy
"Hoshi Shinichi's Short Shorts," NHK, Japan

Arts programming
"The Mona Lisa Curse," Oxford Film & Television for Channel 4, U.K.

Children & young people
"Dustbin Baby," Kindle Entertainment, U.K.

Nonscripted entertainment
"The Phone," Park Lane TV Prods., the Netherlands

Documentary   
"The Ascent of Money," Chimerica Media/Education Broadcasting for Channel 4    U.K.

Telenovela
"India -- A Love Story," TV Globo, Brazil

TV movie/miniseries
"The Wolves of Berlin," Ziegler Film/ZDF, Germany

Best actress
Julie Walters, "A Short Stay in Switzerland," BBC

Best actor
Ben Whishaw, "Criminal Justice," BBC

Directorate Award
Markus Schachter, ZDF, Germany

Founders Award
David Frost, journalist-producer, U.K.
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