Festival TV


Monaco, 14 May 2018

Laurent Puons, CEO of the 58th Annual Monte-Carlo Television Festival (15th - 19th June), announced today that Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Mariska Hargitay ("Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") will receive the prestigious Crystal Nymph Award at the Festival's opening ceremony on Friday, June 15.

The award recognizes a stellar body of work by a major international actor or actress. Last year's recipient was Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren.

Ms. Hargitay plays Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the NBC series "Law & Order: SVU", where she is also an Executive Producer and has directed multiple episodes. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama, a Golden Globe Award, and earned an additional seven Emmy nominations, five SAG Award nominations, and two Gracie Allen Awards for American Women in Radio and Television.

Ms. Hargitay's role on the show awakened her to burdens that survivors of trauma often carry: the weight of shame, judgement and isolation. Inspired by their courage, she founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004, whose mission is to transform society's response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse; support survivors' healing; and end this violence forever. At the heart of their advocacy work is the "End the Backlog" campaign, which aims to eliminate the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sitting in storage across America, so that survivors can get the closure they deserve. She produced "I AM EVIDENCE," an HBO documentary film on the topic that premiered in April 2018.

Dick Wolf, creator and executive producer of "Law & Order: SVU" and Honorary Consul to Monaco said, "For the past 19 years, Mariska has been an award-winning actress, advocate and collaborator, and her commitment to her craft, as well as her tireless work for victims' rights, puts her in a class by herself. I am thrilled that she is being acknowledged as one of television's most iconic performers, an honor that is long overdue."

Laurent Puons to add, "I am very proud that Mariska Hargitay will be awarded a Crystal Nymph at the next Festival. Mariska has been successfully making "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" for the past 19 years and she very much deserves to receive this Nymph in honour of her wonderful career."

About the Monte-Carlo Television Festival
Originally created by Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and now under the Honorary Presidency of Prince Albert II of Monaco, The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has, for more than half a century, presented the very best of television from around the world.
The Festival has also been at the forefront in showcasing the highly talented professionals associated with many of the most successful programs in the history of the medium.
Celebrities, producers, directors, writers and heads of studios, networks and digital platforms gather in June every year to attend series launches, premier screenings, conferences, press activities, public events, VIP meetings and signing sessions.
Culminating with a unique competition, which celebrates and honors fiction and news and current affairs programming with the prestigious Golden Nymph Awards, the Monte-Carlo Television Festival has been recognized as one of the finest Festivals in the world, enhanced even further by its location in the magical Principality of Monaco.

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