‘Mustangs FC’ producer Amanda Higgs, director Corrie Chen and producer Rachel Davis

Matchbox Pictures’ Mustangs FC has been nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award.

The ABC ME-commissioned show produced by Amanda Higgs and Rachel Davis and directed by Corrie Chen, Fiona Banks, Tori Garrett and Roger Hodgman, will compete for best kids series with season 14 of Germany’s Die Pfefferkoerner (The Peppercorns), Canada’s Jenny and Brazil’s Malhacao – Viva a Diferenca (Young Hearts).

In June Screen Australia and the ABC commissioned a second series (13 x 24′) which sees the all-girls soccer team face a new season and new challenges including bullying, body image and sexuality as well as the politics of moon cups, menstruation and mansplaining. The first series was acquired by the UK’s CBBC and Universal Kids in the US, distributed by NBCUniversal.

Season 2 of Zodiak Kids’ Secret Life of Boys, which was co-commissioned by CBBC and ABC ME, will vie for the kids digital award with Japan’s On the Night of August 31st, Norway’s Jenter – season 8 (Young Girls) and Overgrep ((Sexual abuse awareness week).

There are 28 nominees in the seven categories spanning 13 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

“The geographic spread and wealth of topics addressed in this year’s nominated programs attests to the vibrancy and quality of children’s television throughout the world,” said Bruce Paisner, president/CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We congratulate the nominees for their outstanding talent and for setting a high bar for young viewers worldwide.”

The winners will receive their awards in Cannes, France on Tuesday April 9, 2019.

2018 International Emmy® Kids Awards nominees

Kids: Preschool

Die Sendung mit dem Elefanten: Planet Willi
(The Show with the Elephant)
Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln / Trickstudio Lutterbeck
Germany
Hey Duggee – Season 2
Studio AKA
United Kingdom
Lily’s Driftwood Bay – Season 2
Sixteen South Studios
United Kingdom
Luo Bao Bei
Magic Mall / Cloth Cat / 9 Story Distribution International
PR China

Kids: Animation

Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed
CBBC
United Kingdom
Kop op
(Heads Together)
Viking Film / VPRO Television / Job, Joris & Marieke
Netherlands
Mini Beat Power Rockers
Discovery Kids Latin America / Mundo Loco Animation Studios
Argentina
Oddbods – Season 2
One Animation Pte ltd
Singapore

Kids: Digital

# On the Night of August 31st
NHK
Japan
Jenter – season 8
(Young Girls)
NRK
Norway
Overgrep
(Sexual abuse awareness week)
NRK Bivrost
Norway
Secret Life of Boys – Season 2
Zodiak Kids Studios / CBBC / ABC Australia
United Kingdom

Kids: Factual

Good Host
Oak 3 Films Pte Ltd / Mediacorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd
Singapore
Kroppen Min eier Jeg
(My Body belongs to Me)
Bivrost film & tv as
Norway
Las Mil y Una Notas
(Thousand and One Notes)
Orquesta Filarmonica de Toluca / Ballet Clasico del Instituto de Cultura del Estado de Mexico
Mexico
My Life: Born to Vlog
Blakeway North
United Kingdom

Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment

Ali-A’s Superchargers
Endemol Shine North
United Kingdom
Fixa Bröllopet
(Marrying mum and dad)
Fremantlemedia Sverige AB
Sweden
Little Masters
Shanghai Canxing Culture & Media Co. Limited (Canxing Production)
PR China
The Voice Kids – season 2
TV Globo
Brazil

Kids: Series

Die Pfefferkoerner – Season 14
(The Peppercorns)
Letterbox Filmproduktion / NDR / ARD
Germany
Jenny
Productions Avenida Inc.
Canada
Malhacao – Viva a Diferenca (Young Hearts)
TV Globo
Brazil
Mustangs FC
Matchbox Pictures
Australia

Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series

A Grande Viagem
(The Great Journey)
Aurora Filmes / Haikai Filmes
Brazil
Dschermeni
Tellux Film / Sad ORIGAMI Production / ZDF
Germany
Fairy Tales in Court
NHK
Japan
Ratburger
King Bert Productions
United Kingdom