|25th International Emmy Awards|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Hosted by||Peter Ustinov|
The 25th International Emmy Awards took place on November 24, 1997, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City, United States. The ceremony was hosted by Sir Peter Ustinov and the presenters included the actor Armand Assante, the dancer- choreographer Savion Glover, and the actress Marilu Henner.
British television programmes have dominated the International Emmy Awards in New York, taking four of the top prizes, with the BBC, Channel 4 and Carlton Television. The winners were among 18 finalists selected from 370 entries for the awards for which only programmes made outside the US are eligible.
With had nine of the 18 nominations for programmes made outside the United States, the Britain scooped the top prize in four of the main categories - Drama, Arts Documentary, Children and Young People, and Performing Arts.
The BBC won the Drama and Performing Arts sections. Channel Four received the Arts Documentary and Children's programming prizes. The Drama Emmy went to Crossing the Floor, a Hat Trick Production shown on BBC2. Canada's Gerrie and Louise, about the relationship between a South African colonel and a journalist investigating the hit squads he ran during apartheid, won the Documentary Emmy. Libert Zappt a show about a travelling pianist who coughs and jokes his way through performances around Europe - in different languages, costumes and personalities - won the Popular Arts Emmy for the Netherlands.
The Performing Arts Emmy was won by Enter Achilles. The NVC Arts production, Dancing For Dollars: The Bolshoi In Vegas, received the Arts Documentary award. The Children and Young People's Emmy was awarded to Carlton's Wise Up.
There were also three special awards. Dieter Stolte, director general of ZDF German Television, was awarded the Directorate Award; Jac Venza, the director of cultural and arts programs at New York's public television station, WNET, was given the Founders Award and the first annual Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award was going to Tatyana Murzakova of Russia for Smile of the Kings.