NBCU, Lionsgate top Monte Carlo TV nods

Int'l producer prizes for '30 Rock,' 'Mad Men,' respectively

MONTE CARLO -- NBC Universal and Lionsgate were crowned outstanding international producers of the year Thursday night as the 50th annual Monte Carlo TV Festival wrapped its royal run.

Prince Albert of Monaco presided over the closing-night Golden Nymph Awards ceremony as the annual ode to the small screen ended its five-day fling.

NBC took home the prize for best international producer of a comedy series for "30 Rock," and Lionsgate won for drama series "Mad Men."

BBC Prods. was named best European producer in the comedy category for "The Thick of It," and the Danish Broadcasting Corp. took the drama title for "The Killing II."

Steve Carell of "The Office" was named best actor in a comedy series, and the actress prize in the category went to Diana Amft for Germany's "Doctor's Diary."

Canadian Michelle Forbes won the best actress in a drama award for her role in the second season of "Durham County," while "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall took home the actor prize.

International TV audience awards went to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" for best drama, "Desperate Housewives" (comedy) and "The Bold & the Beautiful" (soap opera).

Japanese title "Goldfish" was named best TV movie and Raifiction's "Once Upon a Time the City of Fools" from Italy took the miniseries prize. The nod for best news documentary was shared by Danish title "Dealing With Pirates" and HBO's "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of the Sichuan Province."

The Prince Rainier III special prize went to TVI-Portugal's "Earth the Global Challenge," the URTI prize for best documentary was given to RAI-Italy's "Me, My Gypsy Family and Woody Allen," and the Amade prize was awarded to HBO's "Temple Grandin."

The festival kicked off Sunday night with a screening of HBO Films' "You Don't Know Jack," with director Barry Levinson on hand. The event continued at the Grimaldi Forum with three days of interviews, news conferences and professional "TV XChanges" among executives.

Actors in attendance included Larry Hagman, Donna Mills, Joe Mantegna, Jessica Szhor, Dana Delany, Julie Benz, Jorge Garcia, Ice-T, LL Cool J and cast members from "The Vampire Diaries," "90210," "Melrose Place" and "Glee."
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