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The Empress, Derry Girls, Martin Freeman take home International Emmys

The Empress, made by Sommerhaus Serien for Netflix, won best drama series

Shows and talent from Mexico, Turkey, India, Australia, France, Germany, Canada and the UK were among the winners at the International Emmy Awards last night.

The Empress, the German drama series made by Sommerhaus Serien for Netflix, won best drama series, while season three of Derry Girls from Hat Trick Productions in the UK and Netflix India’s Vir Das: Landing were tied in the comedy category.

The 51st edition of the International Emmys, held in New York City, also recognised Mariupol: The People’s Story, from Top Hat Productions, Hayloft Productions and the BBC, as best documentary.

Martin Freeman won the Emmy for best performance by an actor for his role as in the BBC and Dancing Ledge Productions’ The Responder, while Karla Souza accepted the Emmy for best performance by an actress for her role in La Caída on Amazon’s Prime Video in Mexico.

Other winners on the night included the Brazilian version of The Bridge, made by Warner Bros Discovery and Endemol Shine Brasil, in non-scripted entertainment; La Caída in TV movie/miniseries; Ay Yapim’s Turkish scripted series Yargi in the telenovela category; and Stranger Than Fiction Films in Australia’s Harley & Katya in sports.

Des Gens Bien Ordinaires, from France and made by Magneto and Canal+, was named best shortform series, while Canadian series Buffy Saint-Marie: Carry It On took home the award in the arts programming category.

In the kids’ categories, Magic Light Pictures in the UK won for its animation The Smeds & The Smoos; ABC in Australia won in factual and entertainment for Built to Survive; and Fremantle, Newbe and Netflix in Australia won in live-action for Heartbreak High.

Elsewhere, the special Founders Emmy was presented to Jesse Armstrong, creator of the hit HBO show Succession, by Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO at HBO and Max Content. Meanwhile, Dr Deepak Chopra presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Ektaa R Kapoor, co-founder of Balaji Telefilms.

“In a tumultuous time, television again proves to be a common denominator for people around the world. The International Academy is proud to shine a global spotlight on these outstanding programmes and performances,” said International Academy president and CEO Bruce L Paisner.

The gala was attended by television professionals from around the world and hosted by actor and comedian Rhys Darby.

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