UK TV industry celebrates Emmy Awards triumph

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UK film and television organizations celebrated their compatriots’ Emmy winning streak on Sunday night, with British talent scoring dozens of gongs, including Michaela Coel’s victory for Best Writing in a Limited Film / anthology / TV for “I May Destroy You” and Josh O’Connor’s Emmy for lead drama actor for “The Crown”, as well as wins for Ewan McGregor, Kate Winslet, Peter Morgan, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies , Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein and John Oliver.

British talent was so over-represented on the catwalk that on social media, Twitter users dubbed the event the “British Emmys”.

This is despite the fact that the show was not even broadcast live in the UK. Audiences who wanted to watch the 73rd annual British Isles Primetime Emmy Awards were forced to stream it live via the official Emmy website or Facebook page in the middle of the night. (due to the 8-hour time difference with Los Angeles) or wait until Monday night when it airs on SkyMax.

Variety understands that there are currently no plans in place for Sky, which broadcasts the Oscars live, to take the same route for the Emmys, with a source from the Comcast-backed pay-TV operator deeming the event a “very American affair” to this day.

On Sunday, of course, most of the night’s big winners were anything but American, with 8 of 12 categories of actors dominated by Blighty’s talent.

In a statement shared exclusively with Variety, the new UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports Nadine Dorries said: “It was absolutely great to see so many outstanding British talent recognized at the Emmy Awards last night. Our film and television sectors are booming and this is yet another fantastic example of the UK’s creative industries achieving well-deserved global success.

Adrian Wootton, Managing Director of the British Film Commission, added: “The great recognition of British talent at this year’s Emmy Awards is a powerful testament to the talent of our workforce and the continued strength and creativity of our industry. It truly is a golden age for UK cinema and premium television right now, with demand for content at an all-time high and significant studio and stage expansions underway across the country. “

John McVay, Managing Director of Pact, which represents UK independent production companies, added: “Seeing so many awards for so many UK talent clearly shows that the UK is one of the most important AV cultures and economies. in the world. “

Katie Bailiff, CEO of Women in Film and Television, said: “It is just fantastic to see women from the UK film and television industry shine so brightly at last night’s Emmy Awards. How inspiring to see pioneering Michaela Coel as the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing limited series, and Kate Winslet and Olivia Colman as they continue to be incredible ambassadors for women in the industry. , not only in Great Britain but all over the world. “

The bailiff, however, recalled that the event also offered the opportunity to recognize the work that remained to be done to “recognize female talents and reflect their stories on the screen”.

“We must continue to exert pressure so that the directors get their hands on these big budgets”, declared the judicial officer. “Accepting diversity in cinema isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the exciting, creative and business thing to do – the sooner the better. “

The UK’s winning streak came less than a week after then-media minister John Whittingdale told the Royal Television Society conference in Cambridge that broadcasters in the future public service will be “required” to create “distinctly British” television although he admitted to his audience that the very concept of “Britishness” was “nebulous”.


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