The 43rd International Emmy Awards

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International Emmy Founders Award Julian Fellowes and presenters Elizabeth McGovern and Gareth Naeme

On Monday night November 23, The 43rd International Emmy Awards held it's annual celebration of television excellence from programming around the globe. 2 Special Awards and 10 Emmy statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening at the Hilton in New York City.
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International Emmy Directorate Award winner Richard Plepler and presenter Michael Douglas and Academy President Bruce L. Paisner

Academy Award & Emmy Award Winner Julian Fellowes, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer of Downton Abbey humbly accepted the International Emmy Founders Award for all writers. Academy Award winning Actor and Producer Michael Douglas presented the International Emmy Directorate Award to Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO of HBO.
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Presenters Michael Urie and Mozhan Mauro with Best Actor winner Maarten Heijmans

The International Emmy Awards Winners were Illustre & Inconnu: Comment Jacques Jaujard a Sauvé le Louvre for Arts Programming, Doce de Mãe for Comedy, Miners Shot Down for Documentary, Engrenages Saison 5 (Spiral Season 5) for Drama Series, Império for Telenovela, 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy for Non-Scripted Entertainment , Arrepentidos - El Infierno de Montoya for Non-English U.S. Primetime Program and Soldat Blanc for TV Movie/Mini-Series.
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Winner for Telenovela Imperio
Celebrity presenters included George Takei, Lea DeLauria, Michael Urie, Elizabeth McGovern,Patina Miller and Tovah Feldshuh."Television is a universal art form that transcends cultures, languages and borders," said International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner. "In light of recent terrible events, the International Academy is particularly proud to congratulate all of the winners- among which 3 from France- for shining a global spotlight on their cultural heritage with the Emmy."
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Winner for Best Documentary Miners Shot Down
The New York Sofitel hosted the two day International World Television Festival 2015 that started on Saturday. The festival included panels on comedy, telenovelas, documentary, non-scripted entertainment and drama. The screening lounge showed all the nominated programs bookended by a festival brunch and cocktail party. Last was a screenplay reading of The Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting award winner Gabriel Bergmoser's "Windmills: Leo".
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Baseem Youseef

The charming and witty host Baseem Youseef philosophically sees the big picture of the evening, "I am a Arab Muslim hosting the show and me being here is part of healing. When we get together and laugh they lose. Don't let these people make us lose faith in each other. We are here to celebrate art and creativity and the capacity for human beings to aspire to what is beautiful and amazing."

All photos Matt McDermott/Polaris
Courtesy of International Emmy Awards