U.S., British producers lead Banff TV nod field

Combine for more than 50 noms

U.S. producers edged out their British rivals as nominations for the 28th annual Banff World Television Awards were unveiled Monday.

American producers led the field with 26 nominations, with U.K. producers coming a close second with 25 nominations.

As in years past, the Americans will dominate the juried continuing series competition in Banff, with ABC's "Brothers and Sisters," NBC's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" and HBO's "Boys of Summer" going up against Granada's "The Street."

At the same time, the British lead the way in the comedy category, with Channel 4's "Green Wing" and the BBC's "Pulling" and "The Vicar of Dibley" competing against ABC's "The Knights of Prosperity" and the CBC's "Little Mosque on the Prairie" and "Rick Mercer Report."

In all, Banff competition organizers received more than 800 entries from 38 countries, before winnowing the nomination list down to 107 shows across 20 categories.

Unlike the Emmy awards, which divides itself into separate U.S. and international competitions, the Banff World Television Awards invites TV shows from around the world to compete against each other.

Other countries figuring prominently in this year's Banff TV field includes entrants from Australia, Canada, France and Germany.

And for the first time, Russia received two nominations in the best miniseries category, for Vera Film Production's "The First Circle."

The winners of the Banff World Television Awards Show will be announced Monday, June 11. The 28th installment of the Banff World Television Festival is set to run June 10-13.

A full list of 2007 Banff World Television Awards nominees is at www.hollywoodreporter.com.
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