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BAFTA Children’s Awards salute big brands & indies alike

Preschool reboot Clangers, gaming hit Minecraft and the unstoppable Minions all received top nods at last night's 2015 BAFTA Children's Awards ceremony, but one of the biggest winners was indie production company Somethin' Else, which took home three awards.
November 23, 2015

Preschool reboot Clangers, gaming hit Minecraft and the unstoppable Minions all received top nods at last night’s 2015 British Academy of Film and Television’s Children’s Awards (BAFTA) ceremony in London, but one of the biggest winners of the night was indie production company Somethin’ Else, which took home three awards.

The London-based studio won the independent production company of the year award, while also scoring the top prize in the interactive–adapted category for The Dumping Ground: You’re the Boss (pictured) and in the learning–secondary category for the second year in a row for Poetry: Between the Lines.

Following Cartoon Network’s win for top broadcaster last year, CBBC reclaimed the channel of the year award in 2015 – the third time it’s earned the distinction.

Cartoon Network did score a third BAFTA in the animation category for The Amazing World of Gumball, while in the preschool–animation category the re-imagined Clangers took home its first-ever BAFTA after the series’ co-creator/puppet maker Peter Firmin was recognized last year for his contribution to children’s media.

For second-consecutive wins, CBeebies/Move On Up co-production Katie Moraig and Old Jack’s Boat won in the drama and preschool/live-action categories, respectively.

On the performing side, Jessica Ransom was victorious for her portrayal of Mary Queen of Scots in Horrible Histories, marking it the series’ seventh BAFTA.

Meanwhile, the presenter award went to Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes for their Sam & Mark’s Big Christmas Wind-Up special.

In the competitive feature film category, family hit Paddington was tops over Big Hero 6, Inside Out and Shaun the Sheep Movie.

For the feature award voted by kids, Minions took home the prize while the two other BAFTA Kids Vote categories, television and game, were won by DHX series The Next Step and Minecraft, respectively.

Nintendo’s Splatoon was also a BAFTA winner for best game.

Rounding out this year’s winners, former Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street creative Jocelyn Stevenson received a special award for her outstanding contribution to children’s media.

A full list of this year’s winners is available here.

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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