For the sixth time, Paris-based Cyber Group Studios had the honor of presenting the Semi-Final round of judging in the International Emmy Kids Awards competition for two categories: Kids Preschool and Kids Animation. The ceremony was hosted by CGS Chairman & CEO Pierre Sissmann.
“It has been a pleasure to be associated to the Academy and to host this event for the sixth time!” said Sissmann, an active member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “This year we were fortunate to have a record attendance of over twenty broadcasters and experts coming from all over the world to participate as jurors.”
The jury was chaired by Nathaniel Brendel, Emmy Judging Director, and comprised of kids’ TV pros, a majority hailing from across Europe:
Coralie Pastor (RTBF, Belgium), Morten Skov Hansen (DR, Denmark), Fayez Al Sabbagh (Spacetoon, UAE), Géraldine Soto (Canal+, France), Patricia Adane (France Télévisions, France), Claire Heinrich (France Télévisions, France), Lila Hannou (M6, France), Yann Labasque (TF1, France), Caterina Gonnelli-Linden (The Walt Disney Company, France), Stéphane Pasquier-Miyazaki (Turner Broadcasting System, France), Aurelie Wack (Turner Broadcasting System, France), Virginie Landru (Tv5 Monde, France), Patricia Vasapollo (HR, Germany), Tina Sicker (KIKA, Germany), Marion Winter (Super RTL, Germany), Brigitta Muehlenbeck (WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Germany), Arne Lohmann (ZDF Enterprises, Germany), Guðrún Helga Jónasdóttir (RUV, Iceland), Brenda Maffuchi (De Agostini, Italy), Luca Milano (RAI Ragazzi, Italy), Andrea Basílio (RTP, Portugal), Helena Nylander (SVT, Sweden), Saskia Krijnen (RTS / Radio Television Suisse, Switzerland), Theresa Plummer-Andrews (Plumtrees, United Kingdom), and Karen Miller (The Walt Disney Company, USA).
The jury devoted an entire day to viewing screeners and judging the contenders. The votes will be processed by accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, with the highest-scoring programs in each category continuing to the final round. The winners will be announced at the International Emmy Kids Awards ceremony at MIPTV in Cannes in April 2018.