2011 INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

FIRST TIME EMMY® NOMINATIONS IN DIGITAL CATEGORIES FOR LEBANESE AND TURKISH PROGRAMS 

 

New York, February 22, 2011 – Nominees from 8 countries will compete for this year’s International Digital Emmy® Awards, it was announced today by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Emmys will be presented at a ceremony during MIPTV’s Opening night festivities on Monday, April 4, in Cannes.

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 Brazil, Canada, Lebanon, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom follows this release.

This is the first time that Lebanese and Turkish programs are nominated in the Digital Categories. Shankaboot, an interactive web series produced by Beirut based production company Batoota films in conjunction with the BBC World Service Trust is nominated in the Fiction category. Tilki, an interactive program produced by Turkish production company Zorzanaat Production is nominated in the Children & Young People category.

TV Globo Brazil receives 2 first time nominations in the Digital categories with The Voices of Araguaia in Fiction and Globo Amazonia: The Geoglyphs in Non-Fiction.

Also, 2 previous Children & Young People Digital Emmy Winning programs Reservoir Hill (KHF Media/ Television New Zealand/NZ On Air) and Battlefront (Raw TV / Airlock for Channel 4) receive their second nomination this year while previous winning producer Company P from Sweden, receives its second nomination for Conspiracy for Good, co-produced by Heroes creator, Tim Kring with Nokia.

“One need look no further than the stunning geographic spread of this year’s nominees to understand the growth and power of digital media. We congratulate our very diverse nominees for their achievements in this burgeoning worldwide industry.”, said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy.

In addition to the presentation of the International Digital Emmy® Awards for the three categories, The International Academy will present a special award – the Pioneer Prize to Jon M. Chu, for creating The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers a global online dance phenomenon.
 
 

THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL
DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS AT MIPTV

NOMINEE LIST

 
DIGITAL PROGRAM – CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

Battlefront II
Raw TV / Airlock for Channel 4
United Kingdom
 
Paint Planet
Feelgood SFT / NRK
Norway
 
Reservoir Hill: Everyone Lies
KHF Media / Television New Zealand / NZ on Air
New Zealand
 
Tilki
Zorzanaat Production / TRT Çocuk
Turkey 

DIGITAL PROGRAM – FICTION
 
Collapsus: The Energy Risk Conspiracy
Submarine Channel / VPRO
The Netherlands
 
The Conspiracy for Good
Nokia / TKE Imperative / The Company P
United Kingdom
 
Shankaboot
Batoota films / BBC World Service Trust
Lebanon
 
The Voices of Araguaia
TV Globo / Lunática Filmes / NEONET
Brazil
 
 
DIGITAL PROGRAM – NON-FICTION

Embarrassing Bodies: Live
Maverick Television / Channel 4
United Kingdom
 
Globo Amazônia: The Geoglyphs  
TV Globo
Brazil
 
HIGHRISE: Out My Window
National Film Board of Canada
Canada
 
X Factor BEASTAR
Fremantle / TV2 Norway
Norway

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. 

MEDIA CONTACTS
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Eva Obadia Director, Communications Director 
Tel: (1) 212-489-6969
Mob: (1) 917-754-0085
eva.obadia@6058809c5b5d5.iemmys.tv

The Lippin Group
Matt Biscuitti
Tel: (1) 212-986-7080   
matt@lippingroup.com

 

 

“THE LEGION OF EXTRAORDINARY DANCERS” CREATOR JON M. CHU TO RECEIVE PIONEER PRIZE AT INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL EMMY® AWARDS AT MIPTV 2011

NEW YORK, February 17, 2011 – Jon M. Chu, the creator and director of the web series The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (THE LXD), is set to receive the 2011 Pioneer Prize at the International Digital Emmy® Awards, to take place on Monday, April 4th at Miptv.

The American film director and screenwriter best known for directing the dance movie franchise Step Up and most recently directing the 3 D documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never has created an online dance phenomenon with his web series THE LXD, which is redefining the quality of digital entertainment. “

Jon M. Chu is one of the most up & coming directing talents of our time and we look forward to honoring him for his innovative contributions to the field of digital entertainment with our Pioneer Prize,” said International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences President & CEO, Bruce Paisner.

THE LXD chronicles the journey of seemingly ordinary people who discover they have extraordinary powers and must choose their place in an epic conflict between good and evil. The characters are called to join The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers to fulfill their destiny through their superpowers of dance. Since its launch domestically on Hulu in July 2010, the series has been distributed globally reaching a worldwide audience of over 350 million viewers. THE LXD was created by Jon M. Chu and produced by Chu and Hieu Ho in partnership with Agility Studios and is distributed by Paramount Digital Entertainment.

In addition to the Pioneer Prize, The International Academy will present three International Digital Emmy Awards for Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction and Digital Program: Non-Fiction.

As in previous years, the International Digital Emmy Awards will bring together over 200 professionals across the entertainment, mobile and Internet industries at an invitation-only ceremony, on the opening night of MIPTV 2011.
 
ABOUT JON M. CHU
A native of Palo Alto, California, director Jon M. Chu headed south in 1998 to attend the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It was here that Chu was honored with the Jack Nicholson Directing Award, the Princess Grace Award, and the Kodak Student Filmmaker Award. His feature film debut, Touchstone/Summits “Step Up 2: The Streets” not only grossed more than 150 million dollars worldwide but also earned him a 2008 Teen Choice Award and an MTV Movie Award. In 2009, Chu broke into the online space with the success of “The Biggest Online Dance Battle,” featuring the Adam/Chu Dance Crew which counts top dancers and celebrities from Adam Sandler to Diana Ross amongst its’ ranks. The brainchild of Chu grew into a worldwide phenomenon with more than 20 million views online and led to the creation of The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers (THELXD.com), an online superhero series told through only dance. Lauded by Vanity Fair as “Fully amazing” and the LA Times as “a unique fusion of dance and trans-media”, the series was recently presented with Ad Age’s Vanguard Award for Outstanding Web Series. THE LXD has since performed at numerous high profile events, including the 82nd Academy Awards, the 2010 TED Conference, Conan, Ellen and the new media event, YouTube Play, which was hosted at the historic Guggenheim museum in New York. The second half of 2010 brought the release of Chu’s second feature film, Touchstone/Summit’s “Step Up 3D” which has now grossed over 165 million dollars worldwide. Most recently, Chu directed “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D”, which was released to critical and public acclaim on February 11th, 2011.

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

ABOUT REED MIDEM
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is a leading organiser of professional, international tradeshows. Reed MIDEM events have established themselves as key dates in professional diaries. The company hosts MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia, MIPIM HORIZONS and MAPIC for the property and retail real estate sectors. Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 470 events in 37 countries. In 2008 Reed brought together over seven million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed organizes a wide range of events, including exhibitions, conferences, congresses and meetings. Its portfolio of over 470 events serves 44 industry sectors, including: Aerospace & aviation, automobiles, broadcasting, building & construction, electronics, energy, oil & gas, engineering, manufacturing, environment, food service & hospitality, gifts, healthcare, interior design, IT & telecoms, jewellery, life science & pharmaceuticals, machinery, medical education, printing & graphics, property & real estate, security & safety, sports & recreation, travel.
For further information about Reed MIDEM visit www.reedmidem.com

MEDIA CONTACTS
THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES
Eva Obadia, Communications Director
Tel: (1) 212-489-6969
Mob: (1) 917-754-0085
eva.obadia@6058809c5b5d5.iemmys.tv

THE LIPPIN GROUP
Matt Biscuitti
matt@lippingroup.com
1-212-986-7080