Spanning 19 countries, nominees for the 41st International Emmy awards have been announced and include two shows from SA: "Masterchef SA" and "LNN".
Thirty-six nominees in nine categories were announced on Monday for the annual Emmy awards, which will take place on the November 25. The announcement – made at the TV and entertainment market, Mipcom, in Cannes – includes nominations from 19 countries including Angola, South Africa and Brazil. "This is the first time that programmes from Angola and Uruguay are nominated," said the Emmys.
From South Africa, Late Nite News With Loyiso Gola (LNN) was nominated in the comedy category and goes head-to-head with the UK's Moone Boy, Workingirls from France and Brazilian show How to Enjoy the End of the World.
Producer of the news parody show LNN Tamsin Andersson said, "It's a great feeling to have this recognition. The LNN team has worked tirelessly and passionately on the show from the beginning and it is humbling and very exciting that the Emmy's have given us a nod."
The eNCA show's anchor, Loyiso Gola, is joined by comedian David Kibuuka, ventriloquist Conrad Koch and his political analyst puppet Chester Missing, to name a few, as they poke fun at the South African politics.
"Late Nite News has become part of our national conversation. It has taught us to laugh at ourselves and see the truth through humour. I ... value the hard work and dedication from Loyiso Gola, [producers] Kagiso Lediga, Tamsin Andersson and the rest of the team," said Patrick Conroy, eNCA group head of news.
MasterChef South Africa was nominated for the Non-Scripted Entertainment prize and will compete with Go Back to Where You Came From (Australia), Reto al Chef 2 (Colombia) and Dear Neighbors Help Our Daughter Find Love (Israel).
Other nominees of the Emmys include the Academy Award-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras in the Documentary category, British four-part political thriller Secret State and Sean Bean from the UK, who is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actor category for his role in Accused.
This year's Emmy's will also present two special awards. Director of the new Star Wars movie JJ Abrams will receive the 2013 International Emmy Founders Award and Anke Schäferkordt, co-chief executive of the RTL Group and chief executive of RTL Germany, will take home the 2013 International Emmy Directorate Award.
Emmy winners will be announced on November 25 2013 at the Hilton New York Hotel.
The full list of nominees:
MBC / SAN Media
Multiple Views - La Máquina Loca (The Crazy Machine)
TV UNAM / El Caiman Films / Alebrije
Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
EMP / Mercury Songs co-production for Eagle Rock Entertainment
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR
Shinichi Tsutsumi in Yasu - A Single Father's Story
Sean Bean in Accused
Heino Ferch in Anatomy of Revenge
ZDF / ARTE / Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Vienna / ORF
Marcos Palmeira in Mandrake Especial
HBO Latin America Originals / Goritzia Filmes
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Li Sun in The Back Palace: Legend of Zhen Huan
Dongyang Flower Film TV Culture / Beijing TV Art Center / SMG Picture / Beijing Star Galaxy Film TV Culture Communication
Sheridan Smith in Mrs Biggs
ITV Studios / December Media
Lotta Tejle in 30 Degrees in February
SVT / Fundament Film
Fernanda Montenegro in Sweet Mother
Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola
eNCA (e News Channel Africa) / Diprente
Baby Cow Productions / Grand Pictures / Sprout Pictures / Hot Cod Productions / Sky 1 HD
Gazelle et Cie / Canal Plus
How to Enjoy the End of the World
The Golden Hour
Desert Road / TVNZ
My Mother, Lady Bondong
5 Broken Cameras
Alegria Productions / Guy DVD Films / Burnat Films Palestine / France Télévisions
5 de Mayo, Un Dia de Gloria
Discovery Channel Latin America / Cactus Films
Maalaala Mo Kaya
Les Revenants (Rebound)
Haut et Court TV / Canal+ Original Programming
Next in Line
Go Back to Where You Came From
SBS Television Australia / Cordell Jigsaw Productions
MasterChef South Africa
Quizzical Pictures / Lucky Bean Media
Dear Neighbors Help Our Daughter Find Love
Keshet Broadcasting / Keshet International / Fuchsia Productions
Reto al Chef 2
30 vies (30 lives)
Aetios Productions Inc
Side by Side
DramaW Mini-Series: Heaven's Ark
WOWOW INC. / FINE Entertainment
Company Television / Newscope Films
SOMOS - Cadáver se necesita
AGADU / Canal 10
A Day for a Miracle
Rowboat Film / ZDF