April 3, 2020
In this week's edition:
• International Emmy Kids Awards Winners
• Distributor Spotlight: Atlantyca Entertainment
International Emmy Kids Awards Winners
For the last few years, creatives, buyers and distributors from across the children's content community have convened for one special night at MIPTV to honor the industry's best at the International Emmy Kids Awards.
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing the cancellation of the Cannes market this year, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences opted to bring the announcement of the winners online this week. “The show must go on, so long as we do so responsibly—we think we found a way here,” said Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy, on the decision to reveal the winners via a live stream. “We decided to keep the winners’ announcement for the same day the awards ceremony would have been held in Cannes,” Paisner added. “Although we cannot do it on-stage as usual, the International Academy, and our partners MIPTV, TV Kids and Ernst & Young, join us to congratulate the outstanding teams behind the winning programs. These programs entertain, educate and enlighten, with the high standard of quality we expect for our children and their communities at large.”
The winning programs hail from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Norway, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Zog from the U.K.’s Magic Light Pictures won for animation. Michael Rose, joint managing director at Magic Light, noted, “Martin [Pope, joint managing director] and I know this is a time of great international crisis, and we hope that Zog will bring some laughter and joy to children and families around the world.”
Lik Meg (Like Me) from NRK Super in Norway took the trophy for digital. “We hope this prize will give us the opportunity to continue to tell stories about difficulties and challenges that kids meet in their lives,” said screenwriter and director Anne Wisløff.
The winner in factual is Nosso Sangue, Nosso Corpo from Fox Lab Brazil/Your Mama. The producers thanked the show’s five protagonists, “who opened their hearts and their homes for us.”
Nachtraven (Nighthawk), which comes from Belgium’s De Mensen/Ketnet (VRT), won the Kids Emmy for non-scripted entertainment. This was the first International Emmy win for De Mensen.
In the preschool category, Australia’s Bluey, from Ludo Studios/ABC Australia/BBC Studios/Screen Australia/Screen Queensland, landed the win. Daley Pearson, a co-founder and director at Ludo, thanked the production team, broadcaster ABC and BBC Studios, among other partners, as well as the audience, “for welcoming Bluey into your living rooms.”
The Netherlands’ De Regels van Floor (Floor Rules), from NL Film & TV/VPRO, was awarded in the series category. NL Film Producer Kaja Wolffers said the win “proves that something typically Dutch like Floor can travel the world. We are proud that we have been allowed to produce so many episodes of this wonderful series.”
Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy, from BBC Children’s In-House Productions/CBBC, was recognized in the TV movie/mini-series arena. Helen Bullough, head of BBC Children’s In-House Productions, commented, “it’s a category full of content for which we have the deepest admiration and we’re so grateful to have been singled out.”
You can find out more about all the nominated programs and view reaction videos from the winning teams here.
ADDRESS: Via Giacomo Leopardi 8, 20123 Milan, Italy
TELEPHONE: (39-02) 430-0101
HEAD, PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION; EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Caterina Vacchi
DISTRIBUTION MANAGER: Alessandra Dematteis
PROGRAMS: Berry Bees: 52x12 min., kids 5-9/spy/action; Bat Pat: 104x11 min., kids 5-9/creepy sitcom; Geronimo Stilton: 78x23 min., kids 6+/adventure; Nutri Ventures: 52x23 min., kids 6+/action; Toy Cop: 52x13 min., kids 3-7/action; Dive Olly Dive: 104x11 min., kids; ZDFE.junior catalog.
TRAILERS: Please visit Atlantyca Entertainment’s Screening Room to view clips of Berry Bees, Bat Pat, Geronimo Stilton, Nutri Ventures, Toy Cop and Dive Olly Dive.
“Atlantyca Entertainment has divisions for production and distribution, licensing, publishing, foreign-rights sales and live stage events.
Atlantyca is the producer of three seasons of Geronimo Stilton, which have been sold all over the world, and two seasons of Bat Pat, a spooky animated adventure comedy that proves the supernatural isn’t always evil, just misunderstood. In addition, Atlantyca has just completed the production of the buzz-kicking new animated spy-action series Berry Bees, featuring three extraordinarily talented 10-year-old girls named Bobby, Lola and Juliette, who have been selected by the B.I.A. (Bee Intelligence Agency) for those special spy missions in which only child agents can be involved.
Atlantyca’s distribution arm represents a growing library of properties, including Toy Cop and the junior catalog of ZDF Enterprises for Italy (School of Roars, Ziggy and the Zootram, #Likeme, Buck and H20, among others).”
—Caterina Vacchi, Head, Production & Distribution; Executive Producer
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