The Apple TV+ sensation “Pachinko” won the prestigious Best International Drama prize at the famous annual Edinburgh Television Festival.
The multigenerational drama with an international setting was produced by Apple TV+, according to the show’s writer Soo Hugh. With its Edinburgh win, the Korean, Japanese, and English-language drama has since continued to Apple pay off.
The yearly MacTaggart Lecture by a well-known figure in UK television, which is usually contentious, is what makes the Edinburgh Television Festival famous. The lecture this year is no different, with former BBC journalist Emily Maitlis discussing government meddling in news coverage.
The Festival, however, honors great work from a variety of television genres, especially British television, in addition to the lecture and other events.
“Pachinko” won the award for Best International Drama, defeating more well-known US dramas and shows like BBC1’s “Vigil.” They included “Succession,” “Mare of Easttown,” and “Succession” on HBO, as well as “Squid Game” on Netflix.
In the best documentary category, Apple TV+ received two nominations: one for “Pachinko” and one for “9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” alongside broadcast partner BBC 1. In this category, Sky’s “The Return: Life After ISIS” defeated Apple.
Additionally, Sharon Horgan, the creator and star of the Apple TV+ drama “Bad Sisters,” shared the best production business award with Clelia Mountford.