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Celebrating Excellence Highlights from the 2023 International Emmys


The curtain has fallen on the 2023 International Emmys, an event that showcased the pinnacle of television achievement worldwide. Notable among the winners were the comedic gem ‘Derry Girls,’ the laughter-inducing stand-up special ‘Vir Das: Landing,’ and the captivating drama ‘The Empress.’

Derry Girls and Vir Das: Landing Shine in Comedy

In a delightful turn of events, the United Kingdom’s ‘Derry Girls’ and India’s ‘Vir Das: Landing’ jointly claimed the spotlight in the Comedy category. These productions not only entertained audiences but also emphasized the transcendent nature of humor across borders.

Celebrating Excellence Highlights from the 2023 International Emmys
Celebrating Excellence Highlights from the 2023 International Emmys

The Empress Reigns Supreme in Drama

Germany’s ‘The Empress’ took center stage, emerging triumphant in the Drama series category. Renowned for its compelling narrative and stellar performances, the series added another accolade to its global recognition.

Best Performance Awards

Individual brilliance illuminated the ceremony, with Karla Souza securing the Best Actress award for her outstanding portrayal in ‘La Caída.’ Martin Freeman, lead actor in ‘The Responder,’ claimed the Best Actor accolade, highlighting the importance of stellar individual performances in the television landscape.

Celebrating Excellence Highlights from the 2023 International Emmys
Celebrating Excellence Highlights from the 2023 International Emmys

Special Founders Emmy® Presentation

A poignant moment unfolded as the Founders Emmy® was presented to Jesse Armstrong, the creative genius behind the acclaimed HBO show “Succession.” This prestigious recognition, bestowed by Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO of HBO and Max Content, underscored Armstrong’s significant contributions to television.

Insights from International Academy President & CEO

Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy, acknowledged television’s power to unite people, especially in turbulent times. He expressed pride in spotlighting exceptional programs and performances that resonate globally.

Honoring Ektaa R. Kapoor with the Directorate Award

Adding prestige to the event, the Directorate Award was presented to Ektaa R. Kapoor, Co-Founder of Balaji Telefilms, by the esteemed Dr. Deepak Chopra. Kapoor’s substantial impact on the television industry was duly recognized, marking a momentous occasion.

List of 2023 International Emmy Winners

The roster of winners showcased the diversity and excellence in global television programming. From Arts Programming to Kids’ categories, each award highlighted the rich tapestry of storytelling from different corners of the world.

Arts Programming

Buffy Sainte-Marie’s ‘Carry It On’ from Canada, produced by Eagle Vision / White Pine Pictures / Paquin Entertainment, shone in the Arts Programming category.

Comedy and Drama Highlights

The humor-filled ‘Derry Girls – Season 3’ by Hat Trick Productions in the United Kingdom and ‘Vir Das: Landing’ by Weirdass Comedy / Rotten Science / Netflix in India resonated globally. Simultaneously, the gripping drama ‘The Empress’ by Sommerhaus Serien GmbH / Netflix in Germany left an indelible mark in the Drama series category.

Documentary and Non-Scripted Entertainment

‘Mariupol: The People’s Story’ (Top Hat Productions / Hayloft Productions / BBC, United Kingdom) claimed the award for best Documentary, while ‘A Ponte – The Bridge Brasil’ (Warner Bros. Discovery / Endemol Shine Brasil, Brazil) triumphed in the Non-Scripted Entertainment category.

Short-Form Series and Sports Documentary

The French production ‘Des Gens Bien Ordinaires [A Very Ordinary World]’ (Magneto / Canal+) triumphed in the Short-Form Series category, and ‘Harley & Katya’ (Stranger Than Fiction Films, Australia) secured the Sports Documentary accolade.

Telenovela and TV Movie/Mini-Series

The Turkish Telenovela ‘Yargi [Family Secrets]’ (Ay Yapim) and the TV Movie/Mini-Series ‘La Caída [Dive]’ (Madam / Filmadora / Infinity Hill / Amazon, Mexico) were recognized for their excellence.

In celebration of this global recognition of excellence in television, the 2023 International Emmys have once again showcased the incredible storytelling and performances that captivate audiences worldwide.


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