UK productions took home two of the seven 2020 International Emmy Kids Awards today, as the eighth annual ceremony recognized excellence in global children’s programming. The UK had a lead going into the awards, with seven nominations—more than any other country this year.
Magic Light Pictures’ fantasy film Zog (pictured) took home the title for Kids: Animation, while Jacqueline Wilson’s Katy from BBC Children’s In-House Productions and CBBC won the Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series category.
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences originally scheduled the International Emmy Kids Awards during MIPTV in Cannes, France but the event was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (The next edition of MIPTV will take place in April 2021.) Instead, the awards were announced on the International Emmys website and on its social media channels.
Other winners include Norwegian pubcaster NRK Super’s Lik Meg (Like Me), which took home the title for Kids: Digital; and De Regels van Floor (Floor Rules) from NL Film & TV/VPRO (Netherlands), which was awarded for Kids: Series. Nachtraven (Nighthawks) from De Mensen/Ketnet (VRT) in Belgium, meanwhile, won the Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment category.
The Kids: Factual award went to Nosso Sangue, Nosso Corpo, from Fox Lab Brazil and Brazil-based Your Mama. The documentary follows the lives of girls living around the world, and mixes reality with fiction. The Kids: Preschool category was won by Australia’s Bluey. The animated series from Ludo Studios, ABC Australia, BBC Studios, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland explores modern family life through the eyes of an Australian blue heeler puppy, her sister and her parents.