International Emmy Semi-Final Round of Judging Event in Cologne on 22 June
An important step on the road to the International Emmy Awards in New York: this will now be the 11th time that a semi-final round of judging has been held in Cologne. A jury of around 50 film and TV professionals will be convening on behalf of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on 22 June to decide who will go on to the next stage in the „Comedy“, „Best Actress“ and „Documentary“ categories. The 45th International Emmy Awards will take place in New York on 20 November.
The event is being supported in 2017 by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the NRW State Chancellery, the Landesmedienanstalt für Medien in NRW (LfM), WDR and the MMC Film & TV Studios. The German Academy ambassador and Cologne-based producer Leopold Hoesch (Broadview TV) is serving as the host. Each year sees about 30 semi-final judgings held around the globe for decisions on the nominations in ten categories. Cologne has been a venue for the judgings since 2008.
The Filmstiftung, the federal state of NRW and the LfM have been cooperating with the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 2009 and have travelled to New York with a delegation of TV professionals each year. The internationalisation of the TV business and the trend toward high-quality series have further enhanced the importance of the International Emmy Awards as a leading competitive platform in the field of television. With NRW as a media and TV hub and Cologne’s position as the German TV capital, the semi-final judgings have also established themselves as an important component in NRW’s media summer. The evening cocktail at Cologne’s Marienburg with figures from the worlds of TV, film, media and politics is an important networking event for the TV industry.
Five German productions were nominated last November. The gala then saw awards going to the RTL series „Deutschland83“, the documentary „War Of Lies“ (Krieg der Lügen“) and Christiane Paul as Best Actress in the WDR production „Under The Radar“ („Unterm Radar“). The Filmstiftung-backed production „Generation War“ („Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter“) by Philipp Kadelbach, meanwhile, won an International Emmy in 2014 in the „Best TV Movie/Mini-Series“ category.