Outstanding children’s TV programming honoured


Despite a major snow storm, the 1st International Emmy® Kids Awards took place on 8 February 2013 in New York.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences set up a separate ceremony with awards handed out in six categories to honour outstanding children’s TV programming outside the US.

The awards went to The Amazing World of Gumball and two other British TV productions as well as to programmes from Argentina, Japan and Norway.

The Amazing World of Gumball, created by Cartoon Network Europe, about the misadventures of a blue cat whose weird classmates include a banana, a female T-Rex and a cheerleading peanut, won in the animation category.

In the factual category, Newsround: My Autism and Me, a British show, took home the award. The programme features a 13-year-old girl who shows what it’s like to grow up with autism.

Lost Christmas, another British winner, is an urban fairy tale about a mysterious stranger played by Eddie Izzard who arrives on Christmas Eve to help heal a young boy with a tragic past. The programme won in the television movie/mini-series category.

Energy Survival is a Norwegian reality-based competition in which children’s teams compete in tasks related to energy and the environment. The programme received the award for non-scripted entertainment.

In the series award, Japan’s Junior High School Diaries: Harmony of Two, a drama depicting the experiences of teenage students took home the prize while Argentina’s El Jardin de Clarilu, about a little girl and her loyal dog who solve mysteries in her garden, won in the preschool category.


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