International Emmy Kids Awards: Celebrating Success

Mike the Knight

NEW YORK: Luminaries from across the kids’ TV community came together last Friday, February 20, for the third annual International Emmy Kids Awards.

By Kristin Brzoznowski

TV Kids again served as a presenting partner for the event, which honors excellence in children’s programming across six categories, along with Ernst & Young, Hasbro Studios, Junior @ MIPTV, Shaw Rocket Fund, SVT/DRTV and WDR mediagroup. Guests arriving at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers were invited to stroll the purple carpet, where a number of global media outlets were snapping pictures. Once inside, attendees mingled over canapés and cocktails—made all the more special with the view of the glittering ice floating by in the Hudson River—before taking their seats for the official awards ceremony.

Bruce Paisner, the president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, opened the awards presentation. He highlighted that the 2015 nominees marked the most diverse representation to date, with honorees hailing from 17 countries. The 23-year-old violinist and YouTube sensation Eric Stanley then took the stage, performing a medley of pop hits that got the crowd clapping along.

Awards were presented to winning programs from Chile, France, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.K. Polseres Vermelles (The Red Band Society) from Televisió de Catalunya and Castelao Pictures won for Kids: Series. Set in a children’s hospital, The Red Band Society is a story of friendship, overcoming obstacles and the will to live.

Mike the Knight, from HIT Entertainment and Nelvana, took home the award for Kids: Preschool. The animated show features Mike and his sister Evie, who have magical experiences while growing up in the Kingdom of Glendragon.

The Emmy statues were presented on stage by a distinguished cast that included Emma Kenney (Shameless), Evan Roe (Madam Secretary) and Brennan Clost (The Next Step). Ashley Aufderheide (The Slap) co-presented with Hasbro’s Twilight Sparkle. Also presenting that evening were the Swedish kids’ programming host Doreen Mansson, German preschool character Die Maus from WDR’s The Show with the Mouse and actress Marie Nasemann from WDR’s new kids’ series Armin’s Secret.

“There is great responsibility associated with creating content for children, and [these] winning programs demonstrate the high standard of quality the world has every right to expect,” said Paisner.

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