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Robbie the Reindeer Nabs International Emmy Award

On November 24, 2003 in New York City, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 31st Annual International Emmy Awards. The BBC was the big winner of the night taking home three awards, including the Children & Young People Award for the newest Robbie the Reindeer adventure, LEGEND OF THE LOST TRIBE. The project was co-production between BBC Bristol and Comic Relief.

The evening was highlighted by a program from Denmark being honored for the second year in a row in the Drama Series category -- NIKOLAJ AND JULIE from Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Additionally, programs from Germany were awarded in two categories. Colonia Media Filmproduktion GmbH's MEIN VATER (COMING HOME) captured the TV Movies/Mini-Series category and DAS LEBEN GEHT WEITER (LIFE GOES ON) took the Documentary category for Starcrest Media GmbH.

The Arts Programming Award went to ARENA: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF COUNT LUCHINO VISCONTI from the BBC. WITHOUT PREJUDICE? -- Episode 1.1 from 2 Yard Prods for Channel 4 took home the Popular Arts Non-Scripted Award and the Popular Arts Scripted prize went to THE KUMARS AT NO 42 (Series 3, Show 1 "Donny Osmond & Westlife"), produced by Hat Trick Productions for BBC.

This year's Directorate Emmy Award was presented to Greg Dyke, director general of the BBC. The International Emmy Directorate Award honors organizations or individuals in management, administration, engineering, news, programming, and/or international relations for outstanding contributions over a period of time to the arts and sciences of international television. The Founders Emmy Award was presented to HBO. The Founders Award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations whose unique creative accomplishments contribute to the quality of global television production.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the International TV Academy), a division of the National Television Academy, is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with representatives from more than 60 countries on its board. It was chartered in 1969 with a mission to honor and encourage excellence in television programming outside the U.S. by presenting the International Emmy Award. For more information, visit

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