Two local TV shows up for Emmys

2013-10-08 09:48

South Africa’s satirical news show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola on eNCA and the local version of the format reality show MasterChef South Africa on M-Net have both been nominated for International Emmy Awards for 2013.

LNN with Loyiso Gola, currently in its eighth season after three years, but receiving very little in terms of publicity from eNCA, and MasterChef South Africa, which just finished its second season on M-Net, both scored nominations in the extremely strongly contested international version of the Emmys, honouring the best work in TV internationally.

The International Emmy Awards from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences short-listed 36 nominees across the award’s nine categories.

LNN with Loyiso Gola from Diprente Productions scored a nomination as one of the four best programmes in the comedy category.

The eNCA weekly show, which isn’t on all year, has made name brands out of puppet Chester Missing, and the fictional roving international reporter David Kibuuka.

MasterChef South Africa from Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media scored a nomination as one of the four short-listed programmes from across the world in the category for non-scripted entertainment.

The winners in all the categories will receive their awards on November 25 at the 41st International Emmy Awards gala in New York.

“I want to thank every South African who’s ever watched an episode,” Gola said on eNCA. He also added: “And the channel heads, Debbie Meyer (executive producer of current affairs at eNCA) and Patrick Conroy (group head of eNCA) who we interact with every week and who we fight with every week about what should or shouldn’t go on the show.”

“I’m happy to be nominated. I talk for a living and for the first time ever I’m speechless.”

M-Net yesterday didn’t immediately respond to a media enquiry about the MasterChef South Africa nomination.

The winners in all the categories will receive their awards on November 25 at the 41st International Emmy Awards gala in New York.

“I want to thank every South African who’ve ever watched an episode,” Gola said on eNCA.

“And the channel heads, Debbie Meyer (executive producer of current affairs at eNCA) and Patrick Conroy (group head of eNCA) who we interact with every week and who we fight with every week about what should or shouldn’t go on the show,” said Gola.

“I’m happy to be nominated. I talk for a living and for the first time ever I’m speechless.”

M-Net yesterday didn’t immediately respond to a media enquiry about the MasterChef South Africa nomination.

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