How the 2019 Intl Emmy Nominees Reflect Increasing Globalization of Content

  • Variety
How the 2019 Intl Emmy Nominees Reflect Increasing Globalization of Content
As the champagne flows at the Ronny Chieng-hosted Intl. Emmys gala ceremony in New York Nov. 25, the picture of television is changing. The globalization of content means streamers are increasingly looking to local production, allowing more people to come to the party.

Used to be that noms were made up of “a lot from the U.K., a few others from Europe and every once in a whole something from South America and Australia,” says Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the Intl. Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “Now we have more entries from countries where we used to have a few — like Brazil — and we’re getting lots of new countries.”

The 2019 noms highlight the shift. Programs and talent from 21 countries are up for awards, the broadest spread ever. Hungary makes its first showing, with a brace of nominations, but both Brazil and U.K. shows are taking center stage,
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