The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Canadian doc Life With Murder, as well as the UK factual series Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne and The World’s Strictest Parents, with International Emmy Awards.
The winners were announced at an event in New York City, which also featured a surprise visit by Lady Gaga. The singer presented the International Emmy Founders Award to Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of American Idol and the co-creator and executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance.
JS Kastner Productions’ Life with Murder took the prize for best documentary. The doc, a copro with The National Film Board of Canada in association with CTV, follows the story of a young man who was charged with murdering his younger sister. With their son as the only child left, the Jenkins family deals with their challenging relationship and their son’s assertion that he is innocent.
This marks Toronto-based Kastner’s fourth Emmy win, following International Emmy Awards for Four Women and Fighting Back, and a News & Documentary Emmy Award for The Lifer and the Lady. With this honor, Kastner has won more Emmys than any other individual in the history of Canadian television.
Also among the International Emmy Award non-fiction winners was Twenty Twenty Television’s Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne, under the arts programming category. The BBC2 series saw Malone, the star of The Choir, stage a new opera with untrained teenagers.
Twenty Twenty nabbed a second award, in the non-scripted entertainment category. Its series The World’s Strictest Parents places two unruly British teenagers with a strict host family from abroad in an attempt to change their behaviour.
“We congratulate tonight’s winners for their outstanding achievements as they enter into Emmy history,” said Academy president & CEO Bruce Paisner.