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Shows from Kenya, Australia, UK triumph at Intl Digital Emmy Awards

MUMBAI: The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the winners of the International Digital Emmy Awards at a ceremony at the television trade event MipTV in Cannes, France that was attended by over 300 international executives from the television, broadband, and mobile industries, organised in partnership with Reed Midem and sponsored by the Bell Fund of Canada.

Winners came from Kenya (Children & Young People), Australia (Fiction) and the UK (Non-Fiction). The Pioneer Prize was presented to YouTube, with Head of Entertainment Alex Carloss accepting.

‘Shujaaz.FM Reloaded’ (Well Told Story) a multi-media communications platform that inspires young people to become entrepreneurs and raise awareness about challenges they encounter in their daily lives, won the Children and Young People category for the second time. Shujaaz.FM, the first installment of the show, won in 2012.

#7DaysLater (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) / Ludo Studio P/L) a digital crowd-sourced comedy series that challenges Australia’s most popular YouTube creators, won the Fiction category.

‘D-Day: As It Happens’ (Windfall Films and Digit London for Channel 4) a 24 hour event in which viewers could follow the lives of seven real people in 1944 across TV, the web, and Twitter in real time, won the Non-Fiction category.

International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences president, CEO Bruce L. Paisner said, “This year’s Emmy winners masterfully demonstrate the perfect use of social media to leverage a great story- be it for social change, revisiting history or just pure entertainment”.