TV show starring Pope, rabbi take Argentinian Emmy award

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — A rabbi who made a TV show with Pope Francis, an Israeli program aired on National Public Television and Jewish regional talents were among the winners of  Martin Fierro Awards, the Argentinian Emmys.

The 43rd edition of Argentinian entertainment’s most prestigious awards was held Tuesday night in the iconic Colon Theatre.

Pope Francis aired a prerecorded message to his production team: “You worked so hard to deserve this prize, God bless you.”

The program, “Bible, A Valid Dialogue,” was conducted by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, and Protestant minister Marcelo Figueroa.

An Israeli television series aired in the National Public Television network received a Fierro Award for first time. “B’Tipul,” or “En Terapia” in Spanish, created by Israeli Hagai Levy and produced in Buenos Aires by Argentinian-Israeli Yair Dori won in the miniseries category.

The ceremony was watched on live television by an average of 4 million viewers. Among those awarded were local Jewish talent Diego Korol for his humor show “Sin Codificar,” Ernesto Korovsky and Silvina Fredjkes for Best Script, Dario Straschnoy for Best Advertising, Andy Kutznesoff  for Best Radio FM program, and the Uruguayan actor Daniel Hendler for Best Actor.