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The International Emmy (iEmmy) Award’s ‘Best Performance by An Actress’ nomination of Angel Locsin for her excellent portrayal of the lead role Lyka in Lobo (The Wolf) made me pay closer attention to iEmmy. Let me share what I found.
The prestigious iEmmy Awards ceremony is a yearly event held in New York by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Academy is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology.
The Academy was founded in 1969 to promote excellence in international television programming and is the organization that presents the iEmmy Award to the best television programs produced, and initially aired, outside the U.S.
The International Emmy Awards Gala is held every November [23rd this year], which awards the iEmmy. This black-tie event attracts over 1,000 major figures in broadcast, entertainment and media from around the world.
A television engineer named Louis McManus designed the statuette, using his wife as a model. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) says that the statuette represents the arts (a winged woman) and the sciences (an atom).
The first Emmys were given out in 1949. The original name for the award was the Immy, a nickname for the image orthicon tube, part of an early type of camera; but the academy began referring to it as the Emmy because that more feminine name suited the statuette.
The R.S. Owens Co. of Chicago makes the Emmy statuettes. (This company also makes the Oscars, the awards given out by the film industry.) An Emmy is made of a high-grade pewter and electroplated in copper, then nickel, then silver. Finally, it’s electroplated in 18-karat gold. It weighs 4-3/4 pounds (2.15 kg), and is 16 inches (40.64 cm) high. Photo credit to iEmmy’s Facebook.
How the Judging Process Works
There are fifteen program categories for the International Emmy Awards: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actor; Best Performance by an Actress; Children & Young People; Comedy; Current Affairs; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; and TV Movie/Mini-Series.
The Best Performance by an Actress/Actor iEmmys were added in 2005, under the leadership of Bruce L. Paisner, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The announcement of final nominees was made this year in Cannes on October 5, 2009. Nominations span over 17 countries. Four final nominees are selected in each category and winners are revealed at the International Emmy Awards Gala, held in November [23rd this year].
The selection of finalists took place with three rounds of judging around the world for over a period of 6 months, with participation from over 600 judges in 50 different countries. The preliminary round took place in the spring with deadline of entries on March 9, 2009; the semi-final round took place in the summer – hosted by Member companies; and the finals took place in September.
The Preliminary Round of Judging took place in May and June under the direct supervision of the Academy’s Awards Committee. Duplicate copies of the entries were submitted to the Preliminary Jurors to view and vote on at home. Each Juror was asked to sign a non-distribution agreement.
The Academy coordinated the Semi-Final Round of Judging worldwide. Judging Centers, organized by Members of the Academy, invited television professionals from their region to participate as Jurors during this second stage of judging held between June and August. After the Official Ballots are received by the Academy’s official tabulation firm, Ernst & Young, the program with the highest score in each region, in each category, becomes a nominee and proceeds to the Final Round of Judging.
The Final Round of Judging is held in September. The completed Official Ballots are collected by the international accounting firm of Ernst & Young where they are checked for authenticity and tabulated. The Winner is the top ranking program from among the Nominees and is not revealed until the night of the International Emmy Awards Gala.
What are the Judging Procedures?
In the preliminary and semi-final rounds of judging, jurors are asked to rate each performer on his/her own merits (not comparatively) by a point scoring system.
In the final round of judging, jurors judge the nominees in direct competition with one another and rank them.
Jurors do not consider the language as part of their vote.
All Jurors for performance categories are briefed prior to the judging procedure and informed of the following guidelines:
- Is the performer convincing and/or believable as this character?
- Did I forget he/she was acting?
- Does the performance capture and hold your attention?
- Is he/she effectively portraying the character in this program?
- Jurors will not consider language as part of their vote and will recognize that acting
styles are influenced by the culture of each country.
Who Votes for the iEmmys?
More than 600 television professionals are selected by the Academy’s Emmy Committee each year to serve as Jurors for the International Emmy Awards. Jury panels represent current trends in world television programming as well as a wide range of industry professionals from diverse backgrounds and nationalities.
Jurors have at least five (5) years professional experience in television, which include producing, directing, writing, acquisitions, acting, casting, distribution, editing, academia, legal/business affairs or public relations.
The 2009 Semi-Final Judging Hosts are:
- Metro TV (Accra, Ghana)
- SABC (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- The Frame Production (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- Indian Television.com, (Mumbai, India)
- International Music & Media Centre (IMZ) at Golden Prague (Prague, Czech Republic)
- DR-Danish Broadcasting Corporation (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- CANAL + (Paris, France)
- Lagardère Entertainment & Helion Pictures (Paris, France)
- Broadview TV GmbH (Cologne, Germany)
- FFP New Media, (Cologne, Germany)
- ZDF (Cologne, Germany)
- MTV – Hungarian Television (Budapest, Hungary)
- European Television Guild (London, United Kingdom)
- TV UNAM (Mexico City, Mexico)
- Bell-Phillip Television Productions, Inc.,(Los Angeles, USA)
- France 2 Television (New York, USA)
- HBO Latin America Group (Miami, USA)
- Telemundo (Miami, USA)
- Festcom, (Melbourne, Australia)
- South Pacific Pictures (Auckland, New Zealand)
All performance entries are judged by international television professionals with experience in television performance.
The nominated performer will receive the nomination certificate and medallion on November 21, 2009 at iEmmy Nominee Medal Ceremony at 12:00 pm at Grand Paris Ballroom, Sofitel Hotel, New York City. Click here for our related story on Angel’s schedule of activities.
A cast of international celebrities will present the International Emmy® statue to the winners in front of an international audience of 1,000 entertainment professionals and media executives on November 23, 2009 at Hilton Hotel, New York City.
Statue engraving for performance categories will include name of performer (Angel locsin) and title of program (Lobo or The Wolf).
Click here for our related story on Angel Locsin’s iEmmy.