MIPCOM: Claire Danes, Lea Michele Honor Fox TV Group Chairs

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Dana Walden and Gary Newman were lauded for their long-running partnership and joked about being each other's work spouses.

Claire Danes brought it home — or at least to Cannes — when she honored Fox Television group chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman at MIPCOM's Personality of the Year awards Wednesday night.

"When you really consider the breadth and the scope of what they have done," said Danes, who flew in from shooting Homeland in Berlin for the evening. She cited shows as diverse as Empire and The X-Files, saying "it's freakin' incredible." X-Files creator Chris Carter, who premiered the first episode of the renewed limited series at MIPCOM, was also in the crowd.

Danes said that her hit Homeland "couldn't have happened without them" and the fact that the Emmy-winning show actually aired on Showtime demonstrates the Fox duo's dedication to creativity and quality. "They make decisions based on what's best for that show," she said. "They're the best team in the business."

In separate speeches, the pair joked that they were "work husband/wife." Their spouses were in the audience.

Glee and Scream Queens star Lea Michele sang Barbra Streisand songs dedicated to the duo. "I was going to bring my neck brace here but decided against it," she joked in a reference to the brace her Scream Queens character wears, before hitting a more serious note. "They have helped me through so many times professionally and personally," she said.

In her speech, Walden said Michele drops by to visit her children when she's out of town for work, making her "the coolest mom ever." Walden also mentioned the 19 people who died across the region in Cannes' flood Saturday, and thanked the festival organizers Reed Midem for keeping things running.

"You conducted yourself with grace, class and spirit," she said. "The show must go on." Newman joked that at his first MIP many years ago he "thought a Passat was a small croissant." The duo thanked Mark Hansen and Carter. They were also celebrated in a reel featuring Family Guy's Stewie, who called Cannes "the Marina del Rey of France, big deal," and a bevy of Fox stars including Rob Lowe, Lee Daniels and the Modern Family cast, who performed a skit to the Mary Tyler Moore Show theme.