The 44th International Emmy Awards took place in November 21, 2016 at the Hilton New York, in New York City. The ceremony was hosted by actor Alan Cumming.
This year, a total of forty nominations from fifteen different countries competed for the award across ten categories. Considered the most prominent event in the international television industry, the International Emmy Awards recognizes excellence in television produced outside the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English.
American executive producer Shonda Rhimes received the Emmy Founders Award for its "global impact on television." And the Danish Maria Rørbye Rønn, CEO of Danmarks Radio was awarded the Emmy Directorate Award.
International Emmy World Television Festival
The 2016 International Emmy World Television Festival took place November 20 and 21, at the Sofitel New York Hotel. Highlights included an Opening Kick-Off Cocktail Party sponsored by JCS International at the United Nations and a Brunch & Panel sponsored by Prodigy Pictures' Jay Firestone.
The 2016 International Emmy Awards Competition was opened in December 10, 2015 with a deadline for submissions of February 18, 2016. Any non-US organisation or individual may submit a programme, and co-productions with the US are eligible if aired initially outside the States, or if the broadcast dates were within a few days of each other. All eligible submissions are entered into the competition and then judged by television professionals from around the world.
There are three rounds of judging. The first round takes place in the spring; the semi-final round takes place in the summer - hosted by Member companies; and the finals take place in September. Nominations are announced in October. Four nominees are selected in each category and winners are revealed at the International Emmy Awards Gala, held in November.