Zodiak Kids hosted the semi-final round of judging of the International Emmys® on  30 June in Sheffield, UK. A selected panel of jurors of diverse backgrounds, professions and nationalities, each with vast experience in the field of children’s  programming, viewed and critiqued selections competing in the categories; Kids: Animation (Europe); Kids: Factual (Europe); Kids: Non-Scripted (multiple regions) and Kids: Series (Asia/Africa/Middle East).

“Zodiak Kids Studios is committed to producing remarkable content for children, and this was a tremendous opportunity to contribute to a prestigious, highly successful event which more than ever enhances the global recognition of the children’s media industry”, said Michael Carrington, CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios.  He added, “At a time when the UK’s Children’s Media Conference is growing in worldwide standing, it seemed the perfect occasion to convene the International Emmys semi-final round in Sheffield with access to so many expert children’s executives in town.”

The jurors were; Kay Benbow Controller CBeebies; Orion Ross Vice President Content, Animation and Digital,Disney Channels EMEA; Eryk Casemiro Chief Creative Officer Zodiak Kids Studios; Katrin Eggin Redaktion Daytime Super RTL; Lucile Canault Conseillère Artistique Direction Jeunesse France Television; Irene Pothecary-Huse Programme Acquisitions Executive NRK; Hitoshi Fukurawa Senior Producer Global Content Development Division NHK; Helen McAleer Chief Global Development Officer, Walker Group and MD Walker Productions; Zoe Bamsey Director of Development & Production Coolabi; Vanessa Chapman Media and Business Adviser, Content and Strategy, VJC Media; Annette Williams Executive Producer  CBBC; Patricia Hidalgo SVP Chief Content and Creative Officer Kids Cartoon Network EMEA and Cecilia Persson Vice President Acquisitions and Co-Productions Cartoon Network EMEA.