U.K. leads International Emmy noms

11:18 AM PST 10/13/2008 by Liza Foreman, AP

16 countries nominated in 10 categories

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CANNES -- The Union Jack was flying high as nominations for the International Emmy Awards were announced here Monday.

The U.K. led the way with eight of the 40 nominations, followed by Brazil with five, Argentina and Japan with four apiece and China and Denmark with three.

Winners will be announced Nov. 24 in New York.

In all, 16 countries were nominated across 10 categories, with Peru and Jordan making the grade for the first time.

"Every year, the International Emmy Awards put the spotlight on the best international television and, increasingly, we recognize programs that are soon-to-be hit shows around the world, including the U.S.," Academy president Bruce L. Paisner said.

Monday's nominees included those for the newly created Telenovela category: "The Invasion Igtiyah" (Jordan), "Lalola" (Argentina), "One Night of Love" (Russia) and "Tropical Paradise" (Brazil).

Two special awards also will be presented during the ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel. This year's International Emmy Founders Award will go to uber-producer Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"), while the International Emmy Directorate Award will be presented to Phoenix Satellite Television founder and chairman, Liu Changle.

Founded in 1969, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with more than 600 members from nearly 70 countries.

A list of nominees follows:

ARTS PROGRAMMING

"Inheriting a Kabuki Legacy -- Ichikawa Ebizo: His Fate and Anguish," Fuji Television Network, Inc., Japan
"Nara Leao: All My Life," TV Globo, Brazil
"Richard Serra -- To See Is to Think," Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)/Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) and 3sat, Germany
"Strictly Bolshoi," Ballet Boyz Prods. for Channel 4, U.K.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Pedro Cardoso, "The Big Family," TV Globo, Brazil
Karl Markovics, "Franz Fuchs -- A Patriot," A co-production of epo-film and ORF with the support of Fernsehfonds Austria, Filmfonds Wien and land Steiermark-Kultur, Austria
David Suchet, "Maxwell," BBC, U.K.
Wang Chengyang, "Thei-go King and His Son," China Movie Channel, PR China

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS


Lucy Cohu, "Forgiven," Betty TV for Channel 4 and More4, U.K.
Sofie Grabol, "The Killing," DR/Danish Broadcasting Corporation in association with ZDFE / NRK / SVT, Denmark
Irene Ravache, "Eternal Magic," TV Globo, Brazil
Yuan Zhibo, "Wait for the Birth of the Husband," China Movie Channel, PR China

CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE


"I Feel the Words," NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan
"Patito Feo, la historia mas linda (Ugly Duckling)," Ideas Del Sur S.A. / Televisa, Argentina
"Ping-Pong," NRK / SVT / DR / YLE / KRO, Norway
"Shaun the Sheep," Aardman Animations/CBBC, U.K.

COMEDY


"Geile Zeit," Sony Pictures Film und Fernseh Produktions GmbH, Germany
"The I.T. Crowd," A Talkback Thames Production for Channel 4, U.K.
"Mi Problema con las Mujeres (My Problem with Women)," JC Entertainment S.A.C. (JC Films)/Frecuencia Latina International, Peru
"NEO-Office Chuckles," NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan

DOCUMENTARY


"Asian Corridor in Heaven (Tea-Horse Old Road)," KBS (Korean Broadcasting System), South Korea
"The Beckoning Silence," Darlow Smithson Prods./C4/C4i, U.K.
"Collision over the Amazon," Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic, Brazil
"Please Vote for Me," Steps International, Denmark

DRAMA SERIES


"Home Affairs," Penguin Films, South Africa
"The Killing," DR/Danish Broadcasting Corporation in association with ZDFE/NRK/SVT, Denmark
"Life on Mars," Kudos Film & Television Ltd, U.K.
"Mandrake," HBO Ole Originals & Conspiracao Filmes, Brazil

NONSCRIPTED ENTERTAINMENT


"The Big Donor Show," NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting)/Endemol/BNN, the Netherlands
"Caiga Quien Caiga (CQC) -- Argentina," Eyeworks Cuatro Cabezas, Argentina
"Canada's Next Great Prime Minister," CBC Television/Magna International, Canada
"Doors," Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc., Japan

TELENOVELA


"The Invasion Igtiyah," Arab Telemedia Prods., Jordan
"Lalola," A Dori20Media International and Dori Media Contenidos production based on an idea by Sebastian Ortega for Underground Contenidos, Argentina
"One Night of Love," AMEDIA/Sony Pictures Television International, Russia
"Tropical Paradise," TV Globo, Brazil

TV MOVIE/MINISERIES


"Britz," A Daybreak Pictures Film for Channel Four Television, U.K.
"The Miracle of Berlin," teamworx on behalf of ZDF and ZDF Enterprises, Germany
"Television por la identidad," Telefe Contenidos -- Llorente/Villarruel, Argentina
"Wait for the Birth of the Husband," China Movie Channel, PR China
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