Pyramedia, the leading media production and consulting company hosted the Semi-Final round of the International Emmy Awards in Abu Dhabi. At the event which was held at Bab Al Qasr Hotel on September 8th, a judging panel composed of professional media experts and celebrities from several nationalities voted for the categories of the Short Form Series and Kids Programming.
The judging panel of the Semi-Final round was comprised of renowned personalities from the Middle East including: Habib Ghulum, Saba Mubarak, Arwa Gouda, Abdallah bin Haidar, Mayssa Maghrabi, Dima Al Jundi, Fadl Al Muhairi, Bassem Yakhour, Amr Yousef, Ashraf Younis, Abir Al Sayed, Nathalie Habib, Fatiha Bensalem, Nabil Chomali, Azza Zarour and Mariam Al Sarkal.
From Hollywood on the judging panel was also Said Taghamaoui the French-American actor who is known for his roles in the French Film La Haine as well as the productions of the Three Kings in 1999 and Wonder Woman in 2017. He became a member of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also known as the Oscars Academy in June of this year.
The judges came from diverse backgrounds and have ample experience in the media and film production industry and as a result created a rich dialogue and brought years of experience to the event that Pyramedia has hosted for nine years running in the capital of the UAE. The purpose of the event was for the selection of semi-finalists before the final round of the International Emmy Awards that will be held in New York in November.
The International Emmy Awards Semi-Final Round is fully supported by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a global organization with over 750 members from over 60 countries and 500 companies that work in the fields of television, digital media, entertainment and film. The Awards have been hosted by Pyramedia since 2009 under the guidance of the media personality Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO and Board Member of the Company who has always been committed to ensuring that Abu Dhabi is always recognized as an important hub for media in the Middle East.
During the press conference Shereen Ghobrial Managing Director from Pyramedia said, “It was a great honour for us to host the 9th edition of the Semi-Final round of the International Emmy Awards today as a step prior to the final round that will be taking place in November. With an extremely seasoned judging panel from the Middle East we screened several productions for the categories of Short Form Series and Kids Programming. The knowledge of the judging panel has enriched the event and opened a channel of communication regarding the media industry that was both inspiring and educational and fitting with the level of success that all the jurors have achieved.”
Nashwa Al Ruwaini said, “I would very much like to thank the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their trust in Pyramedia and continued support and recognition of Abu Dhabi throughout all the years that we have hosted the International Emmy Awards. I would also like to deeply thank the judging panel for all their effort and profound expertise in making this ninth edition a great success.”
Jessica Franco, Emmy Judging Manager said” “We thank our host Nashwa Al Ruwaini and the Pyramedia team for hosting a Semi-Final once again in Abu Dhabi, with leading media experts from the region. This was a wonderful event as always.”