'Spitting Image' Repeats as Emmy WinnerAP , Associated Press
Nov. 24, 1986 11:35 PM ET
NEW YORK (AP) _ British productions won three of the five International Emmys, with the satirical puppets of ''Spitting Image'' repeating as winners.
''Shadowlands,'' a BBC co-production with Gateway Films and the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation, won the International Emmy for drama. ''Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker,'' produced by Britain's Channel Four, was the winning documentary.
Two of the winners have been seen on U.S. television. ''Spitting Image'' was seen on an NBC special earlier this year, while ''Shadowlands,'' which tells of the marriage of British religious writer C.S. Lewis, was seen on public television.
There were 159 entries from 24 countries for the 14th International Emmy Awards, just short of last year's record number of entries. The awards were presented in ceremonies Monday night by the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
The International Emmy for performing arts when to ''Bejart's Kabuki Ballet'' produced by NHK Japan Broadcasting Corp. The program recorded the choreography of Maurice Bejart for the Tokyo Ballet.
''The Kids of Debrassi Street: Griff Gets a Hand,'' produced by Playuing with Time Inc. in association with Canadian Broadcasting corp., was honored in the children's category.
The British Broadcasting Corp. received a special award in recognition of its 50 years in television.
Herbert Schmertz, vice president of Mobil Oil Corp. and the company's public affairs director, received the Directorate Award in recognition of his work in developing public television's ''Masterpiece Theater.''
Donald L. Taffner, president of D.L. Taffner Ltd. of New York, recieved the Founders Award for his work in bringing foreign programs to the United States, and in adapting the hit series ''Three's Company'' and ''Too Close for Comfort'' from British shows.