Greg Berlanti and Sophie Turner Laing Honored at International Emmys

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The International Emmy Awards winners spanned 10 countries.

The International Emmy Awards were held Tuesday at the New York Hilton, where awards were given out to international television programming in 11 categories, in addition to two special awards.

Comedian Hari Kondabolu hosted the event, and used the opportunity to mock the immigration policies under President Trump. He opened the ceremony by claiming, “There are no real losers here because you all successfully made it through immigration,” and later on, when describing the 30-second speech limit, he said “If you continue to talk after that point, you will be deported. Welcome to the new America.”

Before the event, Kondabolu told The Hollywood Reporter that he was excited about his first opportunity to host an awards show and he was curious how his material would play to an international audience.“We’ll find out how well it goes over,” he said. “I feel from my experiences touring the world, maybe I have a sense of what may or may not work. But more than anything, it’s being in the moment. The one thing everybody in the room shares is that we’re all here tonight.”

Spanish series La Casa de Papel won best drama, while Lars Mikkelsen won best actor for Ride Upon the Storm and Anna Schudt won best actress for The Sniffles Would Have Been Fine.

Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of the Endemol Shine Group, received the Directorate Award, and she used her time at the podium to address the #MeToo movement.

“Before the eyeball rolling starts, could all fathers of daughters please raise your hands?” she asked the audience. “Don’t worry, you’re not about to be told off. I would just like all you guys, but especially you dads because of that very special father-daughter relationship, to remember that all women are daughters of someone, and whatever the culture, whatever the circumstance, respect and courtesy is not something we should ever have to earn.”

Writer, producer and director Greg Berlanti received the Founders Award, and he shared an anecdote about meeting Garry Marshall while at Northwestern University and asking about the secret to success; Marshall told him, “You have to be lucky enough to step in shit.”

Berlanti began his career as a staff writer on Dawson’s Creek and currently has 15 series on the air, including Supergirl, The Flash and Riverdale. Before the ceremony, he spoke to THR on the red carpet about the importance of the international reach of his shows.

“I really felt in the last 20 years that I’ve been doing this that the world’s just gotten smaller and smaller, and it’s nice to see how universal the themes and the stories are and how a good story can translate to many different languages and cultures and people can still be moved,” Berlanti said.

The winners of the evening were from 10 countries, including Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S. See the full winners list here.