Toronto, February 17, 2015 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced its nominees for the Digital Emmy® Awards, sponsored annually by the Bell Fund since 2012. This outstanding line-up of 12 nominees from seven countries represents the best in digital entertainment across the globe.
The 2015 International Digital Emmy® Awards ceremony will be held on MIPTV’s opening night, Monday, April 13, in Cannes, France. Leading international executives across the digital and television industries are expected to attend this red-carpet event and other Bell Fund-sponsored Emmy® activities during “the world’s annual market and creative forum for content on every screen.”
Each of the 12 nominated programs will be showcased at a special MIPTV session, also sponsored by the Bell Fund, giving delegates a chance to see the best in digital content and meet the nominees. “With creativity and collaboration key to making digital media hits, it is great to hear first-hand about these world-class productions and partnerships,” said Catherine Warren, Bell Fund board member and president of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies. “The Digital Emmy® Awards in Cannes celebrate the best of new media in a perfect mash-up of high glamour and diligent judging. We also come together at this yearly global gathering – across cultures, continents and virtual collaborations – to honor our colleagues in person and learn from each other,” said Warren, who is also a member of the International Academy and will moderate this joint MIPTV session.
The Bell Fund congratulates all of the 2015 Digital Emmy® Award nominees from around the world, and recognizes the achievements of Canada’s nominee in the category of Digital Program: Fiction. Are You on the Blacklist?, was produced by Secret Location, a Toronto-based digital studio previously nominated for Bell Fund supported projects Perfect Storms Interactive and the International Digital Emmy® winner for Endgame.
About the Bell Fund (www.bellfund.ca)
The Bell Fund provides grants to Canadian independent producers who develop and produce engaging, interactive cross-platform digital content for Canadian broadcasters to complement and enhance associated television programs. Since 1997, the Bell Fund has invested over $150M in over 1,500 Canadian digital media projects, television programs, development grants, co-productions and support for research and professional development. The Bell Fund also undertakes training, research, business development and promotion for the digital media industry.
The Bell Fund receives annual contributions of approximately $14.5 M from Bell TV as part of its broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the industry. In addition, the Development Program is supported by the interest generated by a $10M endowment, and contributions from Aliant. The Bell Fund is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, governed by an independent Board of Directors representing various sectors of the television and digital media industry.
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 and International Emmy® Kids Awards Ceremonies 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 twenty categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Current Affairs; Comedy; Digital Program: Children & Young People; Digital Program: Fiction; Digital Program: Non-Fiction; Documentary; Drama Series; Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series; Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; Telenovela; TV Movie/Mini-Series. For more information go to www.iemmys.tv. The International Academy also recognizes Non-English Language US primetime programming, with a new category added to the International Emmy® Awards competition in 2014.
About MIPTV – MIPTV is the world’s biggest TV and digital content market powering the unlimited potential of extraordinary stories. In April, professionals from across the TV and digital entertainment ecosystem gather in Cannes, France, to forge partnerships, seal distribution deals, network with their international executive peers, and attend high-level conferences and keynotes. MIPTV is also a key venue for early-stage development and financing deals, content acquisitions and programme sales. And with the MIP Digital Fronts – the premier global digital content market – empowering the new digital content era and bringing together the new online video ecosystem with the TV industry, MIPTV anticipates and shapes the future of entertainment. www.miptv.com
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