Abu Dhabi film company wins Emmy Kids Award

Image Nation, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, which owns The National, won an Emmy Kids Award for its joint production of Lost Christmas.

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ABU DHABI // A film company from the capital has won an International Emmy Kids Award for its co-production of a children's Christmas tale.

Image Nation, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, which owns The National, jointly produced Lost Christmas with Hyde Park Entertainment.

The urban fairy tale, set in Manchester, England, is about how a series of tragic events are reversed one Christmas Eve, giving a young boy and those around him the happy ending they were destined.

The programme, which aired on the BBC and starred Eddie Izzard, won the Best TV Movie/Mini-Series award. The gong follows last year's Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Octavia Spencer in The Help, a co-production between Image Nation and Participant Media.

Image Nation's strategy of partnering with some of the most prestigious organisations in the industry has helped bring international recognition home to Abu Dhabi, said Mohammed Al Mubarak, the group's chairman.

"Image Nation is proud to be associated with such award-winning programmes, a direct result of the close-working relationships we have forged in the global industry," he added.

Image Nation chief executive Michael Garin said the International Emmy Kids Award recognition furthers the ambition of the company to make its mark on the global stage.

"We look forward to the day when some of our promising Emirati film-makers and writers can win an Emmy for a locally grown project," he added.

The inaugural International Emmy Kids Awards were created by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to honour excellence in children's programming.