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10/10/2006

Nominations Announced For Emmy Awards

Nominations for the 34th International Emmy Awards have been announced by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a press conference at MIPCOM. There are 36 nominees in 9 categories. Winners will be announced at a Black-Tie Ceremony on November 20, 2006 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
The 2006 nominations span over nine countries with a record of five nominations for Brazil and Germany. China, France, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are nominated for the Best Performance by An Actor and Best Performance by An Actress categories. There were three rounds of judging over a period of six months, with participation from over 500 judges in 35 countries.
"We are proud of the diversity and the geographic range of our nominees. They come from nine different countries, with multiple nominees from Asia, Europe and South America," said Academy President & CEO Bruce Paisner also President of Hearst Entertainment. "Once again the 'best' will set a new high standard of excellence for the worldwide television community."
In addition to the presentation of the International Emmy Awards for programming, the Academy will present two special awards. The International Emmy Founders Award will be presented to Steven Spielberg for his long and distinguished career in television. The International Emmy Directorate Award will be presented to CME and Ronald S. Lauder for pioneering the development of independent television broadcasting in Central and Eastern Europe.
The Academy also announced the nominees for the International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award co-presented yearly with UNICEF. ICDB was launched in 1994 to encourage broadcasters worldwide to create awareness for children's issues. The six Nominees are from: Bangladesh, Colombia, Gambia, Moldova, Spain and Syria.
This year's sponsors are: Phoenix TV, Sun Media Investment, Accenture, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Ascent Media, SAVVIS, Reed MIDEM, Sofitel Hotels and Variety.
Founded in 1969, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with over 500 members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States, and it presents the International Emmy Award to programs in fourteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Breaking News; Children & Young People; Comedy; Continuing News Coverage; Documentary; Drama Series; Interactive Channel; Interactive Program; Interactive TV Service; Non-Scripted Entertainment; TV Movie/Mini-Series.
The Academy is a unique, independent organization including the world's top television and media leaders who come together to exchange ideas, discuss common issues and promote new strategies for the future development of quality global television programming.
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