FOR the first time, the semifinal round of the International Emmy Awards for the European TV Comedy category was hosted in Shanghai.
A panel of 13 juries from diverse backgrounds, professions and nationalities spent an entire day on August 8 screening and judging the outstanding productions, supervised by Emmy Judging Director Nathaniel Brendel.
The final announcement of nominees in each category will take place at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, on October 17. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will name this year’s winners during the 44th International Emmy Awards presentation in New York in November.
On jury panel in Shanghai were Chris Lee, founder and director of the Academy for Creative Media at University of Hawaii, and Reza Dari, CEO of International Film Fund.
A graduate of Yale University with a degree in political science, Lee was formerly president of production at TriStar Pictures and Columbia Pictures. He is also founding president of Legendary Pictures.
As an executive at TriStar, he oversaw production on Academy Award-winning films like “Jerry Maguire,” “Philadelphia” and “As Good As It Gets.” He also worked on numerous other hits such as “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Legends of the Fall,” “The Mask of Zorro” and “The Patriot.”
At Columbia Pictures he produced “SWAT,” the CGI feature “Final Fantasy” and Warner Brothers’ “Ballistic.”
More recently, he produced “White Frog” and “How to Win At Checkers (Every Time)” which premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. In China, Lee produced and edited his first Chinese-language feature, “One Foot Off the Ground” for Huayi Brothers Media Corp and has developed projects for Village Roadshow Asia.
He most recently served as a juror for the 2015 Hong Kong International Film Festival and president of the jury for the 2009 Pucheon Network of Asian Fantastic Films.
Lee has received numerous honors, including the Justice in Action Award from the New York Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Visionary Award from East-West Players in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Chinese in America’s Role Model Award.
Both Lee and Dari accepted interviews with Shanghai Daily, where they commented on the prospects for China’s television and TV industries.