Image Nation claims Emmy Award

Abu Dhabi producer adds Emmy to recent Oscar.
Eddie Izzard, a child and that English bloke out of City of Life pose before Manchester's imposing skyline.
Eddie Izzard, a child and that English bloke out of City of Life pose before Manchester's imposing skyline.

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Hyde Park Image Nation won an International Emmy Kids Award for its co-production “Lost Christmas” earlier this month. The program, which aired on the BBC, won for the Best TV Movie/Mini-Series and represented the first International Emmy Award win for the GCC.

Image Nation’s strategy of partnering with some of the most prestigious organizations in the industry has helped bring international recognition home to Abu Dhabi. The recent Emmy Kids Award joins last year’s Oscar Award for “The Help”, a co-production between Image Nation and Participant Media.

“Image Nation is proud to be associated with such award-winning programs, a direct result of the close working relationships we have forged in the global industry,” said Mohammed Al Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation. “Partnerships like the one we share with Ashok allow us access to the best and brightest talent, which we can leverage as we continue to mold and grow our own home-grown talent here in Abu Dhabi.”

Ashok Amritraj, Chairman and CEO of Hyde Park Entertainment and our partner on star-driven vehicles such as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and The Double, said: “We’re thrilled that ‘Lost Christmas’ won an International Emmy Kids Award and I want to congratulate the cast, crew and all of our partners. Our partnership with Image Nation has enabled us to produce and release high-caliber, quality entertainment that is appreciated by critics and audiences alike.”

“The recognition of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences greatly furthers our ambitions for the local filmed entertainment community,” said Image Nation CEO Michael Garin. “We look forward to the day when some of our promising Emirati filmmakers and writers can win an Emmy for a locally-grown project.”

“Lost Christmas” is an urban fairy tale set in Manchester about how a series of tragic events are reversed one Christmas Eve, giving a young boy and those around him the happy ending they were destined. The program was a co-production between Impact Film & Television Ltd, BBC, Ketchup Entertainment and Hyde Park Image Nation, with principle cast including such notable actors as Eddie Izzard, Jason Flemyng and Geoffrey Palmer. “Lost Christmas” was also nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) Award and a UK Broadcast Award.

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