Three Australian programs, all screened on the ABC, have been nominated for the International Emmy® Kids Awards.

Matchbox Pictures’ Nowhere Boys and Werner Film Productions’ Dance Academy 3 will compete for best kids series and 1440 Productions’ Heart & Soul is in the running for kids factual series.

Let’s Get Inventin’ from New Zealand’s Luke Nola & Friends is nominated in the non-scripted entertainment category.

The winners will receive their Emmys at the third International Emmy® Kids Awards on February 20 at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York.

Nowhere Boys creator Tony Ayres told IF, "It’s very exciting to have two Australian shows in one category and three Australian nominations overall. It shows, yet again, that our work is of the highest international standard."

Heart & Soul is a 13-part series about the Sweethearts, a 30-piece, all female soul band from Geelong whose members are all still in high school. The show followed the Sweethearts’ quest to play Europe’s top music festivals.

Created for 1440 Productions by Kristy Fuller and Lynda Morgan, the series aired on ABC3. A second season is now in post-production, charting a turbulent year for the Sweethearts which culminates in their first tour of America.

The nominations span 17 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, Sweden, South Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

“The geographic spread and the wealth of topics addressed in this year’s nominated programs attests to the vibrancy and quality of children’s television throughout the world,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president/CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

“The International Academy is proud to be the global platform for a unique selection of international programming and we are looking forward to the third edition of these awards.”

The International Emmy® Kids Awards presenting partners are Ernst & Young, Hasbro Studios, MIPTV/MIPJr, Shaw Rocket Fund, SVT/DRTV, TV Kids and WDR.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences represents 500 companies from more than 50 countries from all sectors of the TV industry including internet, mobile and technology. 

Third International Emmy® Kids Awards nominees:

Kids: Preschool

Mike the Knight
Nelvana / HIT Entertainment


Plaza Sésamo: Monstruos en Red
2&2 Producciones / Sesame Workshop / MinTIC / Canal 13

TV Playhouse Tappity Tap

Kids: Animation

Les As De La Jungle A La Rescousse
(The Jungle Bunch to the Rescue)
TAT productions / Master Films

La Asombrosa Excursión de Zamba
(The Amazing Journey of Zamba)
Ministerio de Educación de la Nación Argentina / Paka Paka Channel /Tv Pública / El Perro en la Luna

Burka Avenger
Unicorn Black

Strange Hill High
FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment / CBBC / Factory Transmedia

Kids: Factual

Con Que Suenas?
(What’s your Dream?)
Mi Chica Producciones / CNTV / TVN

Heart & Soul
1440 Productions

Snoffe, Döden Och Jag
(My Pet, Death & I)
Dokumentärministeriet for SVT

Think like a Crow! – The Scientific method

Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment

Dienstags ein Held sein
(A Hero on Tuesdays)
Gigaherz / SWR

Let’s get inventin’
Luke Nola & Friends
New Zealand

Where are we going, Dad?
South Korea

Wild Kids
Jarowskij for SVT

Kids: Series

Dance Academy Series 3
Werner Film Productions / ABC / ZDF / ZDFE / ACTF

Gaby Estrella
Globosat / Gloob / Panoramica Comunicação / Chatrone

Nowhere Boys
Matchbox Pictures

Polseres Vermelles
(The Red Band Society)
TV3 – Televisió de Catalunya / Castelao Pictures / Filmax

Kids: TV Movie / Mini-Series

Against the Wild
Against The Wild Films

Alles mag
(Anything Goes)

Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren
(The Devil with the three Golden Hairs)
Bavaria Filmverleih- und Produktions / ARD / SWR

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