Hardball nominated for International Emmy Kids Award

ABC ME series nominated in the Live Action category in prestigious awards.

ABC ME series Hardball has been nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award in a second round of 2020 nominations.

The Northern Pictures series has previously won a Prix Jeunesse International Award and a Rockie Award in Canada.

Libbie Doherty, ABC Head of Children’s Production, said, “Hardball represents Australian storytelling at its best – with a diverse cast, cracking story and local cast and crew who aced every element of the production,” she said.

“The ABC is proud to bring such outstanding homegrown programs to audiences, alongside the creative and innovative team at Northern Pictures. This (nomination) shows that Australian stories, with Australian faces, voices and settings stand proudly alongside the best children’s content in the world.”

Typically, the International Kids Emmys take place at MIPTV in France. KidScreen reports when MIPTV went online due to COVID-19, the award show also went digital. Trophies were (virtually) handed out in March. The accelerated schedule is due to various factors related to the COVID-19 virus, according to a press release.

It is unclear whether there will be another set of nominees and winners for Q2 2021.

Winners will be announced during an online ceremony on 14th October.

Kids: Animation
Ico Bit Zip—National Geographic/Copa Studio (Brazil)
Oddbods season three—One Animation (Singapore)
Moominvalley—Gutsy Animations (Finland)
The Tiger Who Came to Tea—Lupus Films (UK)

Kids: Factual & Entertainment
Opa Popa Dupa (pictured)—Nat Geo Kids/Estudios Telemexico (Mexico)
Världens Hemskaste Syukdomar—Delta Studios (Sweden)
Finding My Family: Holocaust-A Newsround Special—BBC Children’s In-House Productions/CBBC (UK)
My Notebooks – Seven Years of Tiny Great Adventures—NHK (Japan)

Kids: Live Action
Juacas season two—The Walt Disney Company Latin America/Cinefilm Brazil (Brazil)
Hardball—Northern Pictures (Australia)
Dropje—NTR Television/Submarine (Netherlands)
Extraordinary You—MBC (South Korea)

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