7 COUNTRIES TO COMPETE FOR 2012 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS

CANADA DOMINATES WITH 4 NOMINATIONS FIRST TIME EMMY® NOMINATION FOR KENYA & JAPAN


New York, February 16th, 2012 –  The International Academy  of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that nominees from 7 countries will  compete for this year’s International Digital Emmy® Awards.  The awards ceremony will take place, during MIPTV’s Opening night festivities on Sunday, April 1, in Cannes at the Martinez Hotel.

There are 12 nominees in 3 categories, Digital Program:  Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction and Digital Program: Non-Fiction. The full list of Nominees from:  Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Kenya, Sweden and the United Kingdom follows this release.
 
“The technological strides we see every year in digital content delivery are constantly providing production tools to enhance the viewer’s experience. We congratulate our nominees for their creative and technological achievements in this flourishing sector of our industry.”, said Bruce L. Paisner, President  & CEO of The International Academy.
 
This is the first time that a program from Kenya is ever nominated for an Emmy and the first time that a program from Japan is nominated for a Digital Emmy. Shujaaz.FM, a multi-media communications project, designed to inspire and motivate millions of Kenyans to take action to improve their lives and engage with urgent issues that shape their future, is nominated in the Children & Young People category. NHK World TV Digital Disaster Coverage, the HD coverage of the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit the east coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, from helicopters and robot making full use of various digital platforms as well as linear TV, is nominated in the Non-Fiction category.

2012 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS NOMINEES


DIGITAL PROGRAM: CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

15
SVT
Sweden

Battlefront
Raw Television for Channel 4
United Kingdom

SHUJAAZ.FM
Well Told Story
Kenya

SliDE
Hoodlum/Playmaker Media/Fox 8/Foxtel
Australia

DIGITAL PROGRAM: FICTION

Endgame Interactive: Facebook Episode
Secret Location/Shaw Media/Thunderbird Films
Canada

The Great Crusade
Finch/Wonder
Australia

Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs
Smokebomb Entertainment/Shaftesbury Films/Citytv
Canada

Temps Mort (Time Out)
Radio-Canada.ca/Productions Babel
Canada

DIGITAL PROGRAM: NON-FICTION

Bar Code
National Film Board of Canada/Arte France
Canada

Floods in Rio
G1/TV Globo
Brazil

Live from the Clinic
Maverick Television for Channel 4
United Kingdom

NHK WORLD TV Digital Disaster Coverage
NHK
Japan

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Communications Director
[email protected]
Tel: (1) 212-489-6969

The Lippin Group
Don Ciaramella
[email protected]
Tel: (1) 212-986-7080

Canada’s Shaw Rocket Fund signs on as Presenting Partner of the International Emmy® Kids Awards

New York, February 6th, 2012 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that Shaw Rocket Fund- thenot-for-profit corporation focused on stimulating excellence in the Canadian children’s production industry has signed on as a presenting partner for the recently announced International Emmy Kids Awards. This new competition and stand-alone ceremony will be solely dedicated to recognizing excellence in children’s television programming produced and initially aired outside of the United States.

“The Academy thanks Agnes Augustin for her leadership in getting the Shaw Rocket Fund on as presenting partner for our new kids awards ceremony.” said Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner. “Agnes has been an active member of our organization and we are delighted that she is embarking with us on this new initiative to promote excellence in international children’s television programming.”

“As part of our ongoing commitment to champion Canadian children’s programming throughout Canada and across the globe, we are pleased to be a presenting partner for the International Emmy Kids Awards,” said Agnes Augustin, President and CEO of the Shaw Rocket Fund. “Canada is known worldwide for its creativity and commitment to quality in children’s television and we are pleased to support an opportunity where Canadians are encouraged to showcase their talent internationally through this partnership.”

Six new categories have been created for this event: Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series, and Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series. The inaugural awards ceremony is scheduled for February 2013 in New York City. Entries into the kids competition will run concurrent with The International Emmy Awards competition which opened December 6th and closes February 15th, 2012. Rules and regulations for the competition can be found on the Academy’s website at http://www.iemmys.tv/awards_entry.aspx.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 50 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards Ceremony held in New York, The International Digital Emmy® Awards at MIPTV and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television produced outside of the United States and it presents The International Emmy® Awards in the following twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv.

ABOUT SHAW ROCKET FUND
The Shaw Rocket Fund is a forward-thinking, not-for-profit corporation that focuses on stimulating excellence in the Canadian children’s production industry through investment and various initiatives. We support Canadian children’s programming, recognized worldwide for its creativity and commitment to quality. We are strong believers in the ability of quality programming to fuel the young, imaginative minds of our kids and enrich their lives through interaction with creative content on all platforms. Contributors to the Fund are Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay Per View Ltd., and Shaw Direct. For information about the Shaw Rocket Fund, visit www.rocketfund.ca.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia, Communications Director
[email protected]
1-212-489-6969

Shaw Rocket Fund
Lisa Menara
[email protected]
1-416-642-6330