(Long Island, N.Y.) International Stars from around the globe walked the red carpet at the 39th International Emmy Awards Monday night November 21st, 2011.
The annual International Emmy Awards is planned and developed by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences each year. The International Emmy Awards is a worldwide organization composed of leading media and entertainment figures from all sectors of television including Internet and mobile.
The annual event was hosted this year by Actor Jason Priestley. This is his second year hosting and he may return for another as mentioned in our red carpet interview.
The International Academy presented ten program Emmy Awards and two special awards in front of an international audience of over 1,000 entertainment professionals and media executives. Winners spanned 6 countries: Chile (first time), Belgium, Canada, Portugal, Sweden and The United Kingdom.
The International Emmy Founders Award was presented by Lady Gaga to Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. The International Directorate Award was presented to Subhash Chandra, Chairman of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited by Richard Parsons and Archie Panjabi.
The star studded cast of celebrities that presented the famous golden statuette award included: Ally Sheedy, Jeff Hephner, Hannah Ware, John Larroquette, Goku & Luffy, Edward Herrmann, Danny Pino, Blanca Soto, Rick Hoffman, Amy Hargreaves, Dan Rather, Wendy Williams, Vladimir Brichta, and Jessica Szohr.
This year the International Emmys surprised guests and media with an appearance by Lady Gaga wearing a revealing black tattooed-thigh high floor length gown and large movie star sunglasses. Miss Gaga presented the honorary International Emmy Founders Award to Britain’s Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”
In her speech Lady Gaga revealed, “All of the early opportunities he gave me to perform on TV.” She also stated that more than $140 million Mr. Lythgoe raised for charity through “Idol Gives Back” and his Dizzy Feet Foundation that provides scholarships to young dancers.
“He has always helped to nurture and foster my ideas, no matter how crazy or demographic-unfriendly they may have been,” revealed Lady Gaga.
After receiving the award on stage Nigel Lythgoe reiterated that Lady Gaga is “the most creatively talented woman in the world of show business right now.” He also commented on his friend and colleague Judge Simon Cowell who received the Founders Award last year.
Lythgoe went on to say, “I now call Simon Lord Voldemort because he must not be named because every time I name him the press says that we’re enemies and we’re fighting each other,” Lythgoe said. “That’s not true at all. Simon has no enemies whatsoever in the world. He just has a lot of friends who hate him.” He closed his speech with “Gaga, I love you.”
Another Brit winner was “Accused” for the drama category. “Accused” ended up replacing another British crime program “Sherlock” after it was decided by the Emmys that the updated version of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries had also been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the United States.
Here is the list of The 39th International Emmy Winners:
Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne – WINNER
Twenty Twenty Television
Best Performance by an Actor
Christopher Eccleston – WINNER
as Willy Houlihan
Accused RSJ Films for BBC One
Best Performance by Actress
Julie Walters – WINNER
as Mo Mowlam
ITV Studios for Channel 4
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
¿Con Qué Sueñas? (What is your Dream?) – WINNER
Mi Chica Producciones / CNTV / TVN
Benidorm Bastards – WINNER
Shelter / VMMA
Life with Murder – WINNER
Accused – WINNER
RSJ Films for BBC One
The World’s Strictest Parents – WINNER -United Kingdom
Laços de Sangue (Blood Ties) – WINNER – Portugal
TV MOVIE/MINI SERIES
Millennium – WINNER – Sweden
For more information please visit www.iemmys.tv.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Executive Director of Metro Atlanta Dedrunette Baskin for Kids Against Hunger Charity.
Kids Against Hunger has a national packaging network made up of the headquarters facility in New Hope, Minnesota and seventy-three satellites in the United States and Canada. In total, the packaging network has the capacity to produce over fifty million meals per year. Their mission is to collaborate with other organizations seeking long term solutions to the systemic causes of hunger. Their goal is for their meals to provide a stable nutritional base for their recipients to go from starvation to self-sufficiency. Since its inception Kids Against Hunger has provided over 100 million meals for children and their families in more than forty countries through the efforts of over 200,000 volunteers.
Presently the company Green Organics International LLC is working with Kids Against Hunger Metro Atlanta. Every time individuals make a Green Organics product purchase they will make a donation to Kids Against Hunger Metro Atlanta satellite. Purchasing any of their products will result in a donation to Kids Against Hunger Metro Atlanta that will allow them to supply a minimum of 5 meals to starving children worldwide.
All meals are packaged and distributed through Kids Against Hunger Metro Atlanta Satellite. Kids Against Hunger Metro Atlanta is the first satellite established in the Metro Atlanta area of Georgia.
For more information please visit www.kahma.org.