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SVODs gain ground in BAFTA Children’s noms

Streaming giants Amazon and Netflix, as well as the newly launched Sky Kids app, received their first-ever BAFTA Children's nominations, while online educational platform TrueTube leads the pack with seven nods.
October 24, 2017

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has revealed this year’s nominations for the British Academy Children’s Awards, which will be handed out in London on November 26 in a ceremony hosted by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown.

After matching Horrible Histories last year with the most nominations, online platform TrueTube leads the way this year with seven noms including Like Me (Drama), To Life (Factual), Shia//Sunni (Learning) and relationship/comedy drama Screwball! (Writing). The platform also garnered a second Channel of the Year nomination after its 2016 inclusion marked the first time an online-only channel had been nominated in the category.

As for Amazon and Netflix, the SVODs each earned a pair of BAFTA noms—the former for An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love has to Win (pictured) and The Snowy Day, both in the International category, and the latter for Ask the Storybots (International) and The Little Prince (Feature Film).

The Sky Kids app, meanwhile, nabbed its first nomination for Morph in the Short Form category.

On the traditional linear side, CBeebies earned its 11th consecutive nomination for Channel of the Year, a trophy it took home last year. CBBC, which won Best Channel two years ago, and Cartoon Network round out the category. In Animation, Cartoon Network’s mixed-media sitcom The Amazing World of Gumball is nominated once again after back-to-back wins in the category. The hit series is also up for a Writer award.

Other programs with two nominations include Do You Know? for Preschool Live Action and Maddie Moate for Presenter, as well as TV movie Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe in the Writer and Drama categories.

Looking at the Independent Production Company of the Year category, Blue Zoo Animation Studio, Karrot Entertainment, Magic Light Pictures and Strawberry Blond are in the running. Belfast-based Sixteen South took home the trophy in 2016.

Here are a few of this year’s key categories. The full list of nominations can be viewed at www.bafta.org.

Animation
The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network Studios Europe/Cartoon Network)
Revolting Rhymes (Magic Light Pictures/BBC One)
Shaun the Sheep (Aardman Animations/CBBC)
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (Lupus Films, Bear Hunt Films, Walker Productions, Herrick Entertainment/Channel 4)

Preschool Animation
Digby Dragon (Blue Zoo/Nick)
Hey Duggee (Studio AKA/CBeebies)
Peppa Pig (Astley Baker Davies, Entertainment One, Channel 5)
Sarah & Duck (Karrot Entertainment/CBeebies)

Channel of the Year
Cartoon Network
CBBC
CBeebies
TrueTube

Comedy
Class Dismissed (CBBC Productions/CBBC)
Hank Zipzer (Kindle Entertainment, DHX Media, Walker Productions, Screen Yorkshire/CBBC)
Horrible Histories (Lion Television/CBBC)
So Awkward (Channel X North/CBBC)

Drama
Hank Zipzer’s Christmas Catastrophe (Kindle Entertainment, DHX Media, Walker Productions, Screen Yorkshire/CBBC)
Hetty Feather (CBBC Productions/CBBC)
Jamie Johnson (Short Form Film Company/CBBC)
Like Me (CTVC/TrueTube)

Factual
Absolute Genius Monster Builds (CBBC Productions/CBBC)
Inside My Head: A Newsround Special (CBBC Productions/CBBC)
My Life: Born To Vlog (Blakeway North/CBBC)
To Life (CTVC/TrueTube)

Feature Film
Kubo and the Two Strings (Laika/Universal Pictures)
The Little Prince (ON Animation Studios/Netflix)
Moana (Walt Disney Animation Studios)
Sing (Illumination/Universal Pictures)

Independent Production Company of the Year
Blue-Zoo
Strawberry Blond
Karrot Entertainemnt
Magic Light

Game
Monument Valley 2 (ustwo games)
The Playroom VR (SIE Japan Studio, Team ASOBI!/ Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe)
Pokemon GO (Niantic/Pokémon)
Pokemon Sun & Pokemon Moon (Game Freak/Pokémon, Nintendo)

International
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love has to Win (Amazon Studios/Amazon)
Ask the Storybots (JibJab Bros. Studios/Netflix)
SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodeon/Nicktoons)
The Snowy Day (Amazon Studios, Karrot Entertainment/Amazon)

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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