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Cartoon Network and BBC among top winners at children’s BAFTAs

Cartoon Network Europe's The Amazing World of Gumball and CITV's short-form Share a Story series earned consecutive nods while BBC educational sketch series Horrible Histories made its own history last night as BAFTA handed out its 2013 Children's Awards at a gala ceremony in London last night.
November 25, 2013

Cartoon Network Europe’s The Amazing World of Gumball and CiTV’s short-form Share a Story series earned consecutive nods, while BBC educational sketch series Horrible Histories made its own history last night as BAFTA handed out its 2013 Children’s Awards at a gala ceremony in London last night.

Horrible Histories made history by becoming the first program to win four consecutive BAFTAs at the Children’s Awards, snatching the top comedy prize yet again. The Amazing World of Gumball took home its third straight award for writing and Share a Story won in the short-form category for the second year in a row.

In the preschool categories, Timmy Time (Aardman Animations) won for animation while CBeebies’ Ugly Duckling snapped up the live-action award.

The animation category saw London-based Magic Light Pictures (The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child) take the top prize for its hit film Room on the Broom, an adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling and beloved picture book. Room on the Broom is also up for a 2013 international Kids Emmy Award, in the preschool category, and has been sold to more than 30 broadcasters airing across more than 167 countries worldwide.

On the channel front, CBeebies scored its fourth channel of the year BAFTA, an award it last won in 2011. In interactive, Skylanders Giants won the video game category, Mind Candy’s Moshi Monsters picked up the top interactive award and Kinect Sesame Street TV grabbed the win for multiplatform.

In addition, a special prize was given out to Blue Peter editor Biddy Baxter acknowledging outstanding creative contribution to the industry, and for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote competition, the winners were Despicable Me 2 (feature film), Jessie (television), Despicable Me: Minion Rush (game) and Bin Weevils (website).

Other notable winners this year included:

Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes (Sam & Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up) – Presenter

Bobby Lockwood (as Rhydian Morris in Wolfblood) – Performer

Somethin’ Else – Independent Production Company

Life of Pi – Feature Film

Adventure Time – International

The full list of winners can be found at awards.bafta.org

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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