Toronto, Canada’s Fresh TV has been awarded the 2012 CDN$50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize for its live-action teen comedy, My Babysitter’s a Vampire (season one).
The 13 x half-hour series, which follows the adventures of a group of geeky teens and their vampire babysitter as they work together to defend their town from supernatural creatures, charmed this year’s kids jury who selected it for best Canadian kids show based on its quality and online presence including the 3D web game Humans VS Vampires.
Since premiering to Disney US audiences in summer 2011 and to Teletoon Canuck viewers in January 2012, the Brian Irving- and Manny Danelon-produced series has been a ratings success. Season one has aired on its channels in Latin America, the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Netherlands and Nordic territories.
FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), which controls the series’ global rights (excluding Canada) for TV distribution, home entertainment and licensing with Fresh TV, also recently sold seasons one and two to Disney channels in Russia, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia.
The kids’ jury picked the winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize, now in its eighth year, from a short list provided by an international jury of industry experts. The other finalists for the prize were Guru Studio’s Justin Time, La Fête Productions’ Là Est La Question, Radical Sheep Productions’ Stella and Sam, and DHX Media’s That’s So Weird.