Zodiak Kids hosted the semi-final round of judging of the International Emmys® on Tuesday 30th June 2015 in Sheffield, UK. A selected panel of jurors of diverse backgrounds, professions and nationalities, each with vast experience in the field of children’s programming, viewed and critiqued selections competing in the categories; Kids: Animation (Europe); Kids: Factual (Europe); Kids: Non-Scripted (multiple regions) and Kids: Series (Asia/Africa/Middle East).
“Zodiak Kids Studios is committed to producing remarkable content for children, and this was a tremendous opportunity to contribute to a prestigious, highly successful event which more than ever enhances the global recognition of the children’s media industry”, said Michael Carrington, CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios. He added, “At a time when the UK’s Children’s Media Conference is growing in worldwide standing, it seemed the perfect occasion to convene the International Emmys semi-final round in Sheffield with access to so many expert children’s executives in town.”
The jurors were; Kay Benbow Controller CBeebies; Orion Ross Vice President Content, Animation and Digital,Disney Channels EMEA; Eryk Casemiro Chief Creative Officer Zodiak Kids Studios; Katrin Eggin Redaktion Daytime Super RTL; Lucile Canault Conseillère Artistique Direction Jeunesse France Television; Irene Pothecary-Huse Programme Acquisitions Executive NRK; Hitoshi Fukurawa Senior Producer Global Content Development Division NHK; Helen McAleer Chief Global Development Officer, Walker Group and MD Walker Productions; Zoe Bamsey Director of Development & Production Coolabi; Vanessa Chapman Media and Business Adviser, Content and Strategy, VJC Media; Annette Williams Executive Producer CBBC; Patricia Hidalgo SVP Chief Content and Creative Officer Kids Cartoon Network EMEA and Cecilia Persson Vice President Acquisitions and Co-Productions Cartoon Network EMEA.
Nominations of the Emmys® judged in Sheffield this week will be announced in October during MIPCOM in Cannes and the International Emmy Kids Awards will be held in Febuary 2016 in New York. The academy was represented by Nathaniel Brendel.