Ahlan Simsim

International Emmy Kids give nods to Jordan & UK

Sesame Workshop's Ahlan Simsim netted the Middle Eastern country's first nomination, while the UK has two projects vying for wins at the virtual awards ceremony coinciding with MIPCOM.
September 7, 2021

Ahlan Simsim (pictured) from Sesame Workshop and Jordan Pioneers series has earned the country of Jordan its first-ever nomination at the International Emmy Kids Awards. Nominated in the Kids: Factual & Entertainment category, the show focuses on best friends Basma and Jad as they learn to identify and manage big feelings.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced 12 nominees in three categories for its latest round of awards. Series from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Jordan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, South Korea and the UK all earned spots on the shortlist.

The UK was the only country to generate multiple nominations, with Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom landing in the Kids: Animation category and Big Deal Films’ My Life: Picture Perfect on the shortlist for Kids: Factual & Entertainment.

The award ceremony’s presenting partners are Ernst & Young, MIPJunior and TV Kids, and winners will be announced during an online event on October 12. Previously held during MIPTV in the spring, the International Emmy Kids Awards will coincide with MIPCOM moving forward. Last year, the org announced two sets of Kids Awards nominees several months apart due to complications connected to the pandemic.

The complete list of nominations is below:

Kids: Animation

Mush-Mush and The Mushables (La Cabane Productions, Thuristar, CAKE Entertainment—France)

Petit (Pájaro, NonStop, Pakapaka, Señal Colombia—Chile)

Shaun The Sheep: Adventures from Mossy Bottom (Aardman—UK)

Tish Tash (Studio Gale, Big Crunch Entertainment, Korea Educational Broadcasting System—South Korea)

Kids: Factual & Entertainment

Ahlan Simsim (Sesame Workshop, Jordan Pioneers—Jordan)

My Life: Picture Perfect (Big Deal Films—UK)

Scars of Life (De Mensen—Belgium)

The Voice Kids (Globo, ITV Studios, John de Mol—Brazil)

Kids: Live Action

First Day (Epic Films, Australian Children’s Television Foundation—Australia)

Gameboys (The IdeaFirst Company—Philippines)

Heirs of the Night (Lemming Film, Hamster Film, Maze Pictures, Majpo Film, NDR, NRK, AVROTROS, Scope Pictures, ZDF Enterprises—Netherlands)

Nivis: Friends from Another World (Buena Vista International, Metrovision, Non Stop Digital—Argentina)

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