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ABC Success for Australia at International Emmy Awards


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The ABC has scored Australia’s only nominations for the 2020 International Emmy Awards, which celebrate the world’s best screen content and storytellers.

Two ABC shows are in the running for this year’s awards, which feature 44 nominees across 11 categories and 20 countries.

Heartwarming ABC Factual series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds is a finalist for the Non-Scripted Entertainment International Emmy, while innovative vertical video series Content is a contender for the Short-Form Series Award.

Michael Carrington, ABC Director of Entertainment & Specialist, said the ABC was proud to fly the flag for Australia at this year’s awards. “These International Emmy Award nominations show that innovative and uplifting Australian stories resonate with audiences no matter where they are,” he said.

“Thank you to the ABC teams and our production partners for bringing these outstanding programs to life. The ABC is proud to be the home of Australian content and creativity, here and around the world.”

The life-changing Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, produced by Endemol Shine Australia, also won gold at the 2020 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards for best Social Issues Documentary and the 2019 AACTA Award for Best Documentary or Factual Program. The unique social experiment demonstrated the physical and mental heath benefits of bringing together the very young and very old at a retirement home.

Content, produced by Brisbane-based Ludo Studio, which is also behind ABC Kids’ series Bluey, is the world’s first comedy show set entirely on a smartphone and tells the story of a wannabe influencer and millennial whose life changes when a car crash turns her into a global meme.

Both series are available to watch now on ABC iview.

Earlier this month, globally-lauded ABC Children’s series Hardball scored an International Emmy Kids Award nomination for best Kids: Live Action program. In April, Bluey, Australia’s most popular children’s television show, won the 2019 International Emmy Kids Award for best Kids: Preschool program.

Nominees for this year’s International Emmy Awards come from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The winners will be announced on 23 November.