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Britain picks up 7 International Emmy nominations

Associated Press Modified: October 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm •  Published: October 8, 2012

A total of 40 nominees from 15 countries will compete in nine categories for International Emmys, which honor excellence in TV programming outside the U.S. The winners will be announced Nov. 19 at a ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Singapore and China/Hong Kong had three nominations each, followed by Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Portugal and South Korea with two apiece. Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Spain each had a single nomination.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will be holding a separate and new awards ceremony for children's programming in which 24 nominees in six categories were announced Monday. The inaugural International Emmy Kids Awards will be presented on Feb. 8, 2013 in New York City.

Britain led with four nominations for Kids Awards, followed by three apiece for South Korea and Norway. Argentina, Brazil, Japan, and the Netherlands had two apiece.

The British nominees include "Octonauts (preschool), "The Amazing World of Gumball" (animation), "Newsround - My Autism and Me" (factual), and "Lost Christmas (TV movie/mini-series).

"One of the great success stories of international television in the last few years has been the explosion of high quality children's programming around the globe," said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

"In recognition of this, the International Academy is proud to have created these new awards and we look forward to the first International Emmy Kids Awards ceremony."

In celebration of the International Emmys 40th anniversary, the academy will present honorary Special Founders Awards at its November gala to actor-director Alan Alda ("M(asterisk)A(asterisk)S(asterisk)H") and writer-producer Norman Lear ("All In The Family"), who both had Emmy-winning shows on U.S. TV in 1972, the year of the first International Emmy Awards.

At the same ceremony, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy will receive the honorary 2012 International Emmy Founders Award, while Kim In-kyu, president and CEO of the Korean Broadcasting System, will receive the honorary International Emmy Directorate Award.