Heartwarming ABC series Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds has won an International Emmy Award celebrating the best programs from around the world.
The ABC was the only Australian winner at the annual awards, which recognised outstanding screen content and storytellers from across 20 countries.
Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds, produced by Endemol Shine Australia for the ABC, took home the Emmy for best Non-Scripted Entertainment for demonstrating the physical and mental benefits of bringing together the very young and very old.
Jennifer Collins, ABC Head of Factual and Culture, said the ABC was proud to lead the way for Australian content on the international stage. “Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds combines the magical spontaneity and innocence of young kids with the wisdom and heart of older generations, in a way that has touched audiences here and overseas. Thank you to the incredible team at Endemol Shine Australia and ABC Commissioning Editor Julie Hanna for making such a beautiful series that brought young and old ABC viewers together.
“There are very few programs that give a voice to our elders and this is a perfect vehicle for bridging the divide between generations, with humour and joy.”
The award win follows last month’s International Emmy Kids Award for ABC ME series Hardball.
The life-changing Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds also won gold at the 2020 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards for Best Social Issues Documentary and the 2019 AACTA Award for Best Documentary or Factual Program. The unique social experiment about the positive impacts of intergenerational contact also received a Silver Award from the United Nations Department of Global Communications in 2020, for exemplifying the aims and ideas of the UN.
ABC vertical video series Content – the world’s first comedy show set entirely on a smartphone – was nominated for the International Emmy Award for Best Short-Form Series.
Both series are available to watch on ABC iview.