The International Emmy Awards went to TV shows from half a dozen countries, although South America had the most success with Argentina and Brazil snaring two each.
Alan Alda, the star of "M*A*S*H," a long-running comedy series about Korean War combat doctors, and Norman Lear, the pioneering creator of the edgy 1970s comedy "All in the Family," were also honored with the special International Arts & Sciences' Founders Award at Monday night's ceremony in New York.
Britain, often the dominant player at the annual awards, which recognize excellence in television outside of the United States, took the documentary category with "Choosing to Die," about assisted suicide, and the TV movie/mini series category with "Black Mirror."
But the stand-out victor was "Television por la Inclusion," an Argentine drama about gritty social issues that won Cristina Banegas the best actress prize for her role as a struggling mother, and Dario Grandinetti the best actor award for his portrayal of a xenophobic taxi driver. It was the first time a single show won in both categories.
Brazil also snagged two prizes, one for comedy with "The Invisible Woman" and another for the best telenovela, "The Illusionist."
The ceremony also saw Australia get the reality TV prize for "The Amazing Race Australia," France win best drama prize for "Braquo season 2," and Germany the outstanding arts programming with "Songs of War."