The 56th annual Monte Carlo TV festival kicked off the night of Sunday, June 12th with the usual glitzy opening ceremony at the Grimaldi Forum. In addition to presenting this year’s juries, actress Marg Helgenberger was rewarded with the prestigious honorary golden Nymph Award celebrating her outstanding and multi-award winning body of work, with roles including — but certainly not limited to — the CBS series Under the Dome, Intelligence, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco presented the prize —made of Murano Glass by Venetian master glassmaker Giancarlo Signoretto — to Helgenberger, who affectionately thanked the festival and the princely couple. Writer and producer Dick Wolf, along with the cast of his new series Chicago Med, also graced the stage to present the new series’ pilot.
Over the course of the four-day festival, presentations and conferences were held including those with the producers of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Fox’s Gotham, The CW’s The Flash and Amazon’s Transparent.
The Golden Nymph awards were presented over the course of the festival’s closing ceremony on June 16th. The award for best fiction series went to ZDF (Germany) for their series Tannbach-Line of Separation while the award for best news documentary went to TV2 (Norway) for their work on Drone. Sony’s Better Call Saul won best comedy series, while the award for best drama went to River (Kudos, U.K.).
Other winners include Odile Vuillemin as best actress in a fiction for her work in the French series Woman Under Influence, Mark Rylance as best actor in a fiction for his performance in the U.K.’s Wolf Hall. NIMA FILM in Sweden won best current affairs Documentary for their production Those Who Said No, while best news item went to France Television for their reportage Crossing The Aegean Sea.
CNN was presented with the best 24-hour news program award for their coverage of the unrest in the U.S. city of Baltimore. Best actress in a comedy series went to Sharon Horgan for Catastrophe, while best actor in a comedy series went to Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul.
Marcia Gay Harden and Jonas Nay won best actress and best actor in a drama series for Code Black and Deutschland 83, respectively.