Israeli comedy sweeps up at Monte-Carlo TV Festival

On The Spectrum winners Naomi Levov, Niv Majar and producer, Danna Stern

Israel’s On the Spectrum swept the comedy prizes at this year’s Monte-Carlo TV Festival, while drama winners included Escape at Dannemora, My Brilliant Friend and The Good Doctor.

Yes TV’s On the Spectrum won the festival’s Golden Nymph Award for best comedy TV series, as well as outstanding actress for Naomi Levov and outstanding actor for Niv Majar.

A coming-of-age comedic drama about three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, the On the Spectrum format recently landed a pilot order in the US by Amazon from Jason Katims and his True Jack Productions.

Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora won two prizes: best long fiction prize and outstanding actress for Patricia Arquette.

RAI and HBO’s My Brilliant Friend was awarded the best drama series prize, while The Good Doctor was named best drama TV series in the International TV Audience Awards section.

The best documentary prize went to German / South Korean co-production Dollar Heroes – North Korea’s Secret Saves.

NHK’s Crackdown: The “Rule Of Law” In China won the Jury Prize.

Prince Albert of Monaco also awarded the festival’s top prize, the Crystal Nymph to Hollywood star Michael Douglas.

Monte-Carlo Television Festival – full list of winners:


Best Long Fiction Program
Escape at Dannemora (USA)
Showtime, Red Hour Productions, Busyhands, The White Mountain Company, Michael De Luca Productions, BZ Entertainment

Outstanding Actress
Patricia Arquette
Escape at Dannemora (USA)

Outstanding Actor
Grégory Montel
Thirst For Life/La Soif De Vivre (France)

Best Documentary
Dollar Heroes – North Korea’s Secret Slaves (Germany, South Korea)
A&O Buero, Filmproduktion, Moonlight Films, The Why Foundation

Jury Prize
Crackdown: The “Rule Of Law” In China (Japan)
NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)

Best TV News Item
Khashoggi Body Double (Turkey)

Best Live Breaking News
Good Morning Britain (UK)
ITV Studios


Best Comedy TV Series
On the Spectrum (Israel)
Yes TV and Sumayoko Ltd.

Outstanding Actress
Naomi Levov
On The Spectrum (Israel)

Outstanding Actor
Niv Majar
On The Spectrum (Israel)


Best Drama TV Series
My Brilliant Friend
A Wildside/Fandango/ Umedia Production For RAI / HBO (Italy)

Outstanding Actress
Vicky Krieps
Das Boot (Germany, Czech Republic)

Outstanding Actor
Richard Madden
Bodyguard (UK)


Best Drama TV Series
The Good Doctor
3AD, ABC Studios (USA)

Best Crime TV Series
Lethal Weapon
Lin Pictures In Association With Good Session Productions And Warner Bros. Television (USA)

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