Art July 19, 2012 00:00


Thailand plays host to the semi-finals |in the TV news and current-affairs categories

Thailand’s Channel 7 gets its chance to shine in the international spotlight as it hosts the semi-final round of the news and current-affairs categories of the 40th International Emmy Awards at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Lat Phrao today and tomorrow.

The two-day judging is carried out by two panels from different countries, both of them selected by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which is based in New York City.

The International Emmy Awards recognised Thailand in 2009 when Workpoint Entertainment’s children’s show “Lharn Poo Koo E-Joo” was nominated in the Children and Young People category.

At the time, there was plenty of confusion, with many people thinking Workpoint had submitted the show to the annual Emmy Awards, which recognises outstanding TV programming in the US.

Although “Lharn Poo” returned home empty-handed, it was the first Thai production to receive the International Emmy nomination.

The Emmy Awards are administered by three sister organisations: The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Primetime Emmy Awards, which is the most famous Emmy and the judging committee for TV programmes and series broadcast in the US.

The other two are the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Daytime, Sports, News and Documentary and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the International Emmy Awards, which provide 20 categories and judge entries from outside the US.

The awards categories include Best Art Programming, Best Performance by an Actor, Best Series, Best Drama Series, Best News and Best Current Affairs.

Channel 7 is hosting the semi-final judging this year and operates under the guidance of the Academy.

“It will be a great advantage for Channel 7 staff to broaden their working experience by working with the international institution,” says Channel 7 managing director Saran Viratamarongsa.

The judging director of the International Academy Television Arts and Sciences Nathaniel Brendit says that holding the judging in different countries helps the international Emmy awards achieve more recognition but insists the judging adheres to standard procedures.

Entries for this year were open from December 6 to February 15. The first round of judging was completed before the middle of the year. All entries by the host country will be judged in other countries. All procedures are done secretly and the judgement of each jury is sealed and sent back to New York before the Academy announces the final four nominations in each category in mid August.

The award presentation takes place at the 33rd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York on October 1.