2011 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
HIGHRISE: OUT MY WINDOW (NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA) WINS NON-FICTION ; BATTLEFRONT II (RAW TV/AIRLOCK FOR CHANNEL 4) WINS CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE AND SHANKABOOT (BATOOTA FILMS/BBC WORLD SERVICE TRUST) WINS FICTION
MIPTV – Cannes, April 4, 2011 — The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced tonight the winners of the International Digital Emmy® Awards at a ceremony organized in partnership with Reed Midem and attended by over 300 international executives from the television, broadband and mobile industries.
HIGHRISE: Out My Window (National Film Board of Canada), an interactive web documentary about high-rises and the stories of the people who live in them throughout 13 different cities, won in the Non-Fiction Category. Battlefront II (Raw TV/Airlock for Channel 4), which follows 12 young people running campaigns to change the world, won its second Digital Emmy Award in the Children & Young People Category. Shankaboot (Batoota films/BBC World Service Trust) a webseries conceived as a vehicle for exploring social problems which are often overlooked by mainstream media in the Arab world, garnered the first Digital Emmy Award for Lebanon by winning the Fiction Category. Complete information on the winners follows this release.
The Pioneer Prize was presented to Jon M. Chu, the Creator and Executive Producer of the global online dance phenomenon The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, for innovative contributions to the field of digital entertainment.
“This year’s winners attest to the power of social media throughout the world,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We congratulate them for being on the cutting edge of a vital new form of expression.”
THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL
DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS AT MIPTV
DIGITAL PROGRAM – NON-FICTION
HIGHRISE: Out My Window
National Film Board of Canada
Delivered entirely on the web, the stories of HIGHRISE: Out My Window span the globe: from Latin America’s largest vertical squat to a massively renovated post-Soviet highrise suburb in the Czech Republic. It features 49 stories from 13 cities, told in 13 languages, accompanied by an indie-band music playlist.
DIGITAL PROGRAM – CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Raw TV / Airlock for Channel 4
Battlefront II follows 12 young people running campaigns to change the world. Battlefront exists on air and online. A new feature of the website is the Start Your Own Campaign section, which encourages visitors to set up their very own campaigns. Other new additions to the site include a fortnightly web-show hosted by Youtube talent Alex Day.
DIGITAL PROGRAM – FICTION
Batoota films / BBC World Service Trust
Shankaboot is a webseries conceived as a vehicle for exploring social problems which are often overlooked by mainstream media in the Arab world. The aim of the project is to present these issues from a fresh perspective and to prompt an exchange of opinion between young adults across the region.
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 fifteen categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Children & Young People; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv.
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