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'Sesame Tree' & 'Big City Park' Scoop CINE Golden Eagles for Sixteen South
23 Jun 2011 :
Sesame Tree
Sixteen South Television were awarded the CINE Golden Eagles in the category of Children’s Entertainment. Both ‘Big City Park’ and ‘Sesame Tree’ were awarded a CINE Golden Eagle and now will be considered for the annual CINE Special Jury Award which will be presented to the best production in each Golden Eagle Category in Washington DC later this year. The first series of ‘Sesame Tree’ was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle in 2009.

‘Sesame Tree’ has previously won a Gold Hugo award with ‘Big City Park’ winning a Silver Hugo and an IFTA for Best Children’s/Youth Programmes in 2011. Creative Director and founder of Sixteen South Colin Williams commented on the success of Sixteen South’s Children’s productions saying “We’re having the most incredible year. Not only have the shows we produced last year been a success with children across the UK and Ireland but our work has been recognised by our international peers through these awards.”

’Sesame Tree’ is an educational puppet series produced with the makers of ‘Sesame Street’ whilst ‘Big City Park’ is a pre-school co-production with BBC Scotland. Both shows were made in Belfast with funding from Northern Ireland Screen, with ‘Sesame Tree’ receiving support from the International Fund for Ireland. Both series aired on CBeebies during 2010.

CINE was founded in 1957 and the CINE Golden Eagle Awards aim to honour the work of quality filmmakers, videographers, producers, directors and other craftspeople in the film, television and new media industry. Sixteen South is currently producing the third series of ‘Big and Small’ in Belfast with Kindle Entertainment and is in pre-production for the upcoming series of ‘Pajanimals’ which is due to shoot in July.

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