Festive special Zog earns International Emmy nod

Magic Light Pictures’ popular Christmas special nominated for Best Kids Animation, following the studio's win in the same category last year

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 15.10.2019 | Watch

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Magic Light Pictures’ Christmas special Zog has been nominated for an International Emmy in the Kids Awards Best Animation category.

It’s the second nomination in the same category for Magic Light in as many years. Last year the studio won the award with Revolting Rhymes.

Based on the popular book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The half-hour special premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2018 and was the fourth-highest rated programme on the day, achieving 8.8m viewers, including repeat, and the highest share of any programme in the week beginning 24 Decmeber, according to Broadcast.

Zog was directed by Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon and produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures, with animation services by Triggerfish Animation.

Magic Light Pictures co-founder Martin Pope says: “We are delighted that Zog has been recognised with this nomination in the face of such stiff competition from across the globe.”

Zog is also proving popular internationally. ZDF Germany is a key partner and the film has also been sold to major broadcasters across Europe, Asia and Australia.

The film is the latest in a string of festive specials from Magic Light for BBC One, distinguished line of award-winning festive family specials from Magic Light for BBC On, including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and Revolting Rhymes. The Snail and the Whale is a new animation for Christmas 2019 and will also premiere on BBC One.


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