Singapore sitcom 'FAM!' nominated for International Emmy Award

"FAM!" stars (from left to right) Patrick Teoh, Gurmit Singh, Jermaine Leong, Vernetta Lopez, and Benjamin Kheng. (PHOTO: Mediacorp)

SINGAPORE — Local sitcom FAM! has been nominated for best comedy in this year’s International Emmy Awards.

FAM!, produced by Oak3 Films, is about a girl who aspires to be a journalist but is a misfit in a family of social media influencers. The 13-episode Mediacorp TV series was released in October 2018 and stars Jermaine Leong, Gurmit Singh, Vernetta Lopez, Benjamin Kheng and Patrick Teoh.

Other nominees in the comedy category are Especial de Natal, Porta dos Fundos (The Last Hangover) from Brazil, Kupa Rashit from Israel, and Workin’ Moms from Canada.

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Titles and actors nominated in this year’s International Emmys span 21 countries across 11 categories, including programmes from Brazil, the UK, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Argentina, Hungary and India.

The International Emmys recognise excellence in television produced outside of the United States and US Primetime programmes produced in languages other than English. The awards are traditionally announced after the main Emmy awards each year. The main Emmy winners will be announced on 22 Sept this year, while the International Emmy awards will be announced on 25 Nov in New York.

“The diversity, geographic spread and quality of this year’s Nominees is a testament to the increasing wealth of outstanding television being created on a global scale,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

2019 International Emmy Awards Nominees:

Arts Programming
“Dance or Die,” Netherlands
“John and Yoko: Above Us Only Sky,” U.K.
“Michel Legrand, Sans Demi-Mesure,” France
“Ópera Aberta – Os Pescadores de Pérolas,” Brazil

Best Performance by an Actor
Haluk Bilginer in “Şahsiyet” (“Persona”), Turkey
Christopher Eccleston in “Come Home,” U.K.
Raphael Logam in “Impuros” (“Impure”), Brazil
Jannis Niewöhner in “Beat,” Germany

Best Performance by an Actress
Radhika Apte in “Lust Stories,” India
Jenna Coleman in “The Cry,” U.K.
Marjorie Estiano in “Sob Pressão” (“Under Pressure”) – Season 2, Brazil
Marina Gera in “Orok Tel,” Hungary

Comedy
“Especial de Natal, Porta dos Fundos” (“The Last Hangover”), Brazil
“FAM!”, Singapore
“Kupa Rashit,” Israel
“Workin’ Moms” – Season 2, Canada

Documentary
“A Primeira Pedra” (“The First Stone – The Rise of Lynching in Brazil”), Brazil
“Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World,” Netherlands
“Louis Theroux’s Altered States,” U.K.
“Witness: India’s Forbidden Love,” Qatar

Drama Series
“1 Contra Todos” (“One Against All”) – Season 3, Brazil
“Bad Banks,” Germany
“McMafia,” U.K.
“Sacred Games,” India

Non-English U.S. Primetime Program
“Al Otro Lado del Muro,” U.S.
“El Recluso,” U.S.
“Falco,” U.S.
“Magnífica 70” – Season 3, U.S.

Non-Scripted Entertainment
“La Voz” (“The Voice”) – Season 2, Argentina
“Taboe” (“Taboo”), Belgium
“The Remix – India,” India
“The Real Full Monty: Ladies Night,” U.K.

Short-Form Series
“dxyz,” South Korea
“Hack the City,” Brazil
“Luottomies” (“Wingman”) – Season 2, Finland
“Wrong Kind of Black,” Australia

Telenovela
“100 Dias Para Enamorarse” (“100 Days to Fall in Love”), Argentina
“La Reina del Flow” (“The Queen of Flow”), Colombia
“The River,” South Africa
“Vidas Opostas” (“Tangled Lives”), Portugal

TV Movie/Mini-Series
“Se Eu Fechar Os Olhos Agora” (“If I Close My Eyes Now”), Brazil
“Lust Stories,” India
“Safe Harbour,” Australia
“Trezor,” Hungary