ABC leads way on world stage at Rockie Awards

ABC programs have won a trio of world-class Rockie Awards, which celebrate excellence in global television and digital content.

ABC Children’s was celebrated on the international stage with two Rockie Awards, which form part of the Banff World Media Festival and are chosen by a global jury of more than 150 senior entertainment and media professionals.

Bluey, the most popular children’s show in Australia, won the 2021 Rockie Award for Best Animation Program for pre-school viewers. The series First Day, about a transgender girl overcoming the challenges of starting high school, was named Best Live Action Children’s Program for viewers aged 10 and under.

ABC Factual series Love On The Spectrum, season 2 of which recently aired on ABC TV, won the Rockie Award for Best Lifestyle Program.

Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist, said: “Great Australian stories are a hit with audiences the world over. I am particularly heartened by the diversity of the ABC’s Rockie Award winners, covering everything from an animated family of dogs to a young girl overcoming the challenges to be herself and adults on the autism spectrum looking for someone to love.

“Congratulations to the ABC teams and our production partners for leading the way for Australian content on the world stage.”

The internationally-lauded First Day, produced by Epic Films for the ABC, also recently won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming – for its fair, accurate and inclusive representation of LGBTQI+ people and the issues that affect their lives.

The Emmy Award-winning Bluey is produced by Ludo Studios for the ABC. Love On The Spectrum, which tells the stories of young adults on the autism spectrum navigating the world of dating and relationships, is produced by Northern Pictures.

This is the second year running that ABC Children’s has taken home a Rockie Award, following last year’s win for Hardball for Best Children & Youth Fiction Series.

ABC Factual series Revelation, produced by In Films, was nominated for this year’s Social Issues & Current Affairs Award. ABC Children’s series 100% Wolf, produced by Flying Bark Productions, was nominated for Best Animation Program for viewers aged 11 to 17.

All ABC nominees and winners are available to watch on-demand on ABC iview.

This year’s Rockie Award nominees were selected from entries from more than 40 countries. SBS program Filthy Rich & Homeless, produced by Blackfella Films, was also among the winners, taking home the Rockie Award for Best Docuseries.

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