Emmy Awards: Judging process begins today

DUBAI - The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (Cert) and CNBC Arabiya are hosting the judging process to determine finalists for Comedy and Non-Scripted Entertainment categories for the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2004 Emmy Awards.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 7 Aug 2004, 9:33 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:10 PM

The judging process will take place today and tomorrow under the patronage of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology.

Dr Tayeb Kamali, the Executive Director of Cert, said that the winners in Comedy and non-scripted entertainment categories will be announced the following day.

He indicated that the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences decided that the UAE should host this event because of the facilities and friendly atmosphere it enjoys.

The categories of the competition which include drama, television, movie/mini-series, documentary, arts programme, comedies, non-scripted entertainment, children and young people, news and coverage strongly relate to the programmes offered by the HCT, particularly Communication Technology Programmes.

“Through this event we will connect our students to the International Academy and provide them with the opportunity to experience the process of judging,” said Dr Kamali.

He noted that media experts from 22 countries such as Bahrain, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Jordan, Netherland, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and the UAE will meet in Dubai at Mina A’Salam Hotel to judge 34 semi-finalists from across Africa and Asia, 24 in the non-scripted entertainment category and 10 in the comedy category.

The jury is composed of professionals from a diverse range of television channels including Fouad Takrouti from Al Jazeera TV, Khalid Al Zadjali from Oman Television, Ahmet Oren from Ihlas Holding in Turkey, Karel Van Doodewaerd from TROS TV, Shuang Liu from Phoenix Satellite Television in Hong Kong, Ajay Vidyasagar from Star TV and Basam Hijjawi from Jordan in addition to representatives from other television channels in Pakistan, Korea among others.

Dr Kamali stressed the importance of hosting the event in cooperation with CNBC Arabiya, saying it will help improve personal and professional skills in an environment that respects the innovative efforts.

“The event will provide Cert with additional qualitative experience as it will soon establish a Media Academy in Dubai Media City.”

Zafar Siddiqi, Chairman and CEO of CNBC Arabiya said that the event represents a unique experience for the country, and it will motivate the media sector in the UAE.

He said the judges will show examples of international standards in evaluating international competitions, and CNBC Arabiya will benefit from the whole process.

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