For the first time in the history of one of the most prestigious awards in the world television industry, the International Emmy Awards, its Russian qualifying round will be held in the format of an online event. On July 27 and 28, 2020, an authoritative international jury will select the finalists in the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories.
The Russian qualifying round of the 48th International Emmy Awards, hosted by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, will be held online for the first time. The qualifying stages are being held in Russia for the third time, in 2018 it was hosted by Moscow, and in 2019 - by St. Petersburg. This year, the organizers of the stage, which were STS Media (CEO - member of the Board of Directors of the International Television Academy Vyacheslav Murugov), Star Media (founder and general producer - Vladislav Ryashin) and the International Television Academy, showed maximum flexibility and ability to quickly adapt to new realities by offering a unique online format. The selection will take place in two days - July 27 and 28, 2020. This time, the members of the authoritative international jury will evaluate the works in the categories "Best Comedy" and "Best Drama".
2020 made its own adjustments to the vector of development of the television industry as a whole, so the organizers faced new challenges, the need to quickly adapt to the new reality in order to fulfill the previously set ambitious goal: to make the International Emmy Awards in Russia an annual event, a tradition.
Vyacheslav Murugov, General Director of CTC Media, commented on the holding of the Russian stage in a new format: “We are glad to host the semifinals of the International Emmy Award again. This is especially important today, in a year when one has to abandon the usual way of life - festivals are canceled, filming is shifted, premieres are postponed. In these difficult, stressful conditions, it is vital for all of us not to forget about the events that move the television industry around the world forward, contribute to its recovery and further development. Even if in a new online format adapted to our life today. We are delighted to reunite with our colleagues and partners to identify the best projects for this challenging TV season, and I would like to wish all the International Emmy nominees good luck and victories."
The jury of the first ever Russian qualifying stage of the International Emmy Awards online will include representatives from various countries - Germany, Israel, Poland, Turkey, Croatia, such as Tim Rostock from Warner Bros. Germany, Paula Hempovich from Comedy Central, Christian Friedrichs from Aspekt Telefilm.
From the Russian side, the jury includes such experts as: Denis Gorshkov (CEO of more.tv, producer, Chiki TV series), Pavel Danilov and Dmitry Yan (creative producers; co-authors of the script for the Kitchen TV series and The Last Hero), Aleksey Karaulov (screenwriter, co-author of the script for the TV series "Gogol", "Call DiCaprio", "Epidemic"), Irina Sosnovaya (creative producer of the TV channel "Super", producer, the series "Kept Women" and "Storm"), etc.
Vladislav Ryashin, founder and general producer of Star Media, also notes: “In this difficult time, when we are all looking for ways to stabilize our business, it is very important not to forget about the importance of events that contribute to the development of our industry. The International Emmy Award is the most important platform for exchanging experience and building trust between TV producers from all over the world. It is a great honor for us to host the semi-final of this award again and judge the best projects of the past year together with our foreign partners and co-producers from Fremantle, Beta Film, Warner Bros., Global Agency and many others. We are sure that the event will go off with a bang in the new online format as well”.
The International Television Award, with nearly half a century of history, recognizes the best television projects produced outside the United States. Helena Bonham-Carter, Dustin Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Sean Bean became the laureates of the award. International Emmy statuettes have been awarded to iconic shows and series such as TopGear and Black Mirror. The fact that one of the semifinal stages began to be held in Russia made it possible to confirm its involvement in the formation of content released all over the world, to fix the position of our country as a full-fledged player in the global television industry.
The winners of the International Emmy Awards 2020 will be announced in November in New York, USA.