Ex-'Idol' judge Cowell leads British invasion at Emmys
Simon Cowell, former supremo of the "Idol" talent shows, headed a list of Britons sweeping awards at the 38th International Emmy Awards in New York on Monday.
Cowell, who shot to fame as a judge on "Pop Idol" and "American Idol" before going on to develop the "Got Talent" and X Factor franchises, won the special honorary International Emmy Founders Award.
Newscorp CEO Rupert Murdoch surprised guests at the Hilton hotel by appearing on stage to hand Cowell the award at the ceremony hosted by former "Beverly Hills 90210" heartthrob Jason Priestley.
Other Brits winning honors were Helena Bonham Carter for best female performance for her role as children's author Enid Blyton in "Enid" and Bob Hoskins, best male actor, for playing pub owner Paddy Gargan in "The Street."
"The Street," set along a Manchester road, also picked up the best drama award.
Britain featured heavily in last year's International Emmys, which focus on non-US television programming.
But this was a truly global affair with Portugal winning its first International Emmy for the telenovela "My Love."
The comedy prize went to "Traffic Light" from Israel's Kupperman Productions/Keshet Broadcasting.
Romania won in the Arts Programming Category with "The World According to Ion B" and South Korea won for the first time in the Documentary Category with "Mom and the Red Bean Cake."
© 2010 AFP