PROGRAMS FROM KENYA, AUSTRALIA & THE UNITED KINGDOM WIN INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS

YOUTUBE RECEIVES PIONEER PRIZE, ACCEPTED BY ALEX CARLOSS

MIPTV-Cannes, April 7, 2014 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced tonight the winners of the International Digital Emmy® Awards at a ceremony attended by over 300 international executives from the television, broadband, and mobile industries, organized in partnership with Reed Midem and sponsored by the Bell Fund of Canada. Winners came from Kenya (Children & Young People), Australia (Fiction) and the United Kingdom (Non-Fiction). The Pioneer Prize was presented to YouTube, with Alex Carloss, Head of Entertainment accepting.

Shujaaz.FM Reloaded (Well Told Story) a multi-media communications platform that inspires young people to become entrepreneurs and raise awareness about challenges they encounter in their daily lives, won the Children & Young People category for the second time. Shujaaz.FM, the first installment of the show, won in 2012.

#7DaysLater (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) / Ludo Studio P/L) a digital crowd-sourced comedy series that challenges Australia’s most popular YouTube creators, won the Fiction category.

D-Day: As It Happens (Windfall Films and Digit London for Channel 4) a 24 hour event, in which viewers could follow the lives of seven real people in 1944, across TV, the web, and Twitter, in real time, won the Non-Fiction category.

Complete information on the winners follows this release.

“This year’s Emmy® winners masterfully demonstrate the perfect use of social media to leverage a great story- be it for social change, revisiting history or just pure entertainment.” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  

2014 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS WINNERS:

 
DIGITAL PROGRAM: CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
 
Shujaaz.FM Reloaded
Well Told Story
Kenya
 
Rob Burnet, Executive Producer
Esphan Kamau, Art Director
Paul Ekuru, Producer
Peter Paul Kades, Radio Actor

‘Shujaaz.FM Reloaded’ is a multi-media communications platform. The star of ‘Shujaaz.FM Reloaded’ is Boyie who has built a pirate radio station in his bedroom where he broadcasts his daily show as the mysterious DJB. The other characters call-in, text, and Facebook with stories and ideas for him to share about making money, growing up, entrepreneurship, democracy, etc. Real life fans join in, sending their own ideas and melding fact with fiction across all the media. Since May 2013, fans can also communicate through SMS to share ideas. The best of which are featured in the comic and radio show.

http://shujaaz.fm/

DIGITAL PROGRAM: FICTION
 
#7DaysLater
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) / Ludo Studio P/L
Australia

Jennifer Collins, Head of Entertainment, ABC Television
Richard Huddleston, Executive Producer, ABC Television
Daley Pearson, Director and Creator, Ludo Studio P/L
Nick Boshier, Co-creator, Ludo Studio P/L

‘#7DaysLater’ is a digital crowd-sourced comedy series that challenges Australia’s most popular YouTube creators. They come together as an ensemble ‘cast’ and invite their social media followers to collaborate in creating, shooting, editing, and getting online and on television a comedy program in just 7 Days! Public contributions towards making each episode are submitted 24/7 via digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Hangouts. Ideas include script lines, character development, themes, locations, props, effects, a musical score, and extras. ‘#7DaysLater’ is a multi- layered user experience that is integrated across a wide range of digital platforms.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/7dayslater/

 
DIGITAL PROGRAM: NON-FICTION
 
D-Day As It Happens
Windfal Films Ltd. and Digit London Ltd. for Channel 4
United Kingdom
 
Ian Duncan, Executive Producer, Windfall Films
Joe Myerscough, TV Producer / Director, Windfall Films
Kim Plowright, Online Producer, Windfall Films
Adam Lawrenson, Creative Director, Digit London

On the anniversary of D-Day, two hour-long TV programs bookended a 24 hour event, in which viewers could follow the lives of seven real people in 1944, across TV, the web, and Twitter, in real time. New research involving thousands of hours of analysis, made it possible to put names to anonymous faces and follow them throughout the day. Footage was played at the precise moment it was filmed, on TV and online. One thousand rich media updates including archive footage, stills, documents and testimonies, were posted to a specially developed, mobile-accessible, website. Every archive film was geo-tagged and the route taken by each of the characters meticulously plotted. 

http://dday7.channel4.com/

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 and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies 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. The International Academy also recognizes Non-English Language US primetime programming with a new category added to the 2014 International Emmy® Awards competition.

 

About The Bell Fund
The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce excellent cross-platform digital content designed to complement and enhance associated television programs. It has invested $135 M in the production of 1300 cross-platform projects since 1997. The Bell Fund also undertakes training, research, business development and promotion for the digital media industry. The Bell Fund receives annual contributions of approximately $14 M from Canada’s Bell TV as part of its broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the industry. In addition, the Bell Fund receives interest generated by a $10M endowment and contributions from Aliant. The Bell Fund is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, governed by an independent Board of Directors representing various sectors of the television and new media industry.

About MIPTV
MIPTV – now in its 51st year – is the world’s most powerful and prestigious market and creative incubator for content on every screen. In early April, professionals from across the TV and digital entertainment spectrum gather in Cannes, France for four days of intensive networking, trading, screenings, and high-level conferences and keynotes. MIPTV is also a key venue for early-stage development and financing deals, content acquisitions and program sales. Meanwhile, the MIPCube forum – an integral part of the MIPTV week – explores the ways in which technology and creativity are working together to enrich and reinvent the viewing experience. The weekend prior to MIPTV sees the MIPDoc and MIPFormats showcases, now recognized as among the world’s most influential events for the non-fiction and unscripted programming industries.

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