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The Children's Awards Nominations are Announced

The nominations for the EA British Academy Children's Awards taking place on Sunday 29 November.

EA British Academy Children's Awards.

RICHARD HAMMOND NOMINATED FOR FIRST BAFTA AS PRESENTER

PREVIOUS BAFTA WINNERS DICK AND DOM TO HOST AWARDS

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL RECEIVES FIRST EVER BAFTA NOMINATION

VOTING FOR BAFTA KIDS’ VOTE OPENS TODAY

Tuesday 27 October 2009 - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce the nominations for the 2009 EA British Academy Children's Awards, which will take place on Sunday 29 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London.

The Awards are hosted for the first time by children’s favourite comedy duo Dick and Dom, who are also nominated in the Entertainment category for The Legend of Dick and Dom. The Awards are a celebration of the very best in children’s media including television, film, video games and online.

The nominations comprise all aspects of children’s entertainment: Animation, Channel of the Year, Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Feature Film, Independent Production Company, Interactive, International, Learning – Primary, Learning – Secondary, Pre-school Animation, Pre-school Live Action, Presenter, Short Form, Video Game and Writer.

This year’s Drama nominations include Jaqueline Wilson’s Dustbin Baby, the story of a 14-year-old girl abandoned at birth who sets out on a journey of self discovery; S4C’s Rhestr Nadolig Wil (Wil’s Christmas List); the children’s sci-fi series The Sarah Jane Adventures and US 5, stories developed and performed by a company of learning disabled young adults. In the Feature Film category Bolt goes nose to tail with the animated film Coraline, High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.

Meanwhile children’s favourite petrol-head Richard Hammond is nominated in the category of Presenter for Blast Lab, along with Steve Backshall for Deadly 60, CBeebies presenter Andy Day and Phil Gallagher who presents Mister Maker.

From Horrid Henry to Horrible Histories, Ben 10: Alien Force to Big and Small Online, de Blob to Dora the Explorer, Sorry I’ve Got No Head to Serious Ocean and Phineas and Ferb to Peppa Pig, this year’s nominations once again reflect the wonderful originality and creativity of children’s entertainment and programming (full list of nominations attached).

In addition, this year’s Awards also welcome back the BAFTA Kids’ Vote where children get to have their say across a whole range of entertainment media in a nationwide poll to choose their favourite Film, Television Programme, Website and Video Game. Children aged between 7 and 14 years can place their votes via www.baftakidsvote.org . For the first time there will be a winner in each of the four categories. Last year close to 200,000 children voted.

Voting for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote opens today (27 October 2009), and closes at noon on Monday 23 November 2009.

The 2009 Awards will also feature the results of the highly successful children’s film-making initiative CBBC Me and My Movie in association with BAFTA where children are encouraged to produce their own short films. The winner will be announced at the Awards.

This is the fourth year of the Academy’s successful partnership with Electronic Arts.

For further information, please contact:
Romley Davies Publicity
Zoe Baldwin - E: zoe@romleydavies.com / T: 0203 3014733
Vanessa Davies - E: vanessa@romleydavies.com / T: 0203 301 4731

For red carpet and press room accreditation on the night please email Zoe Baldwin clearly stating your name, organisation and access required.

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Notes to Editor

About BAFTA

The Academy’s mission is to support, develop and promote all the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. The Academy’s 6000+ membership comprises experts in film, television and video games - directors, producers, actors, developers, publishers, cameramen, writers, make-up artists, editors, sound engineers etc – indeed anyone who plays a vital role in the creation of a film, television programme or video game.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA Mobile™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA’s homepage and online game site is www.eagames.co.uk. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.eagames.co.uk/press .

About the BAFTA KIDS’ VOTE

BAFTA Kids Vote logoThe shortlist was derived from the top 20 children’s feature films at the box office, the highest-rated children’s programmes on both terrestrial and multichannel, the most visited websites created for children and the top-selling video games PEGI-rated 12+ and under. A carefully selected children’s media panel then whittled those top 20s down to top 10s for children to vote on at the custom-made website www.baftakidsvote.org . Voting goes live today.

FEATURE FILM SHORTLIST

  • Bolt - (PG) Disney
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas - (12A) Disney
  • Coraline - (PG) Universal
  • Hannah Montana The Movie - (U) Disney
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - (12A) Warner Bros
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year - (U) Disney
  • Inkheart - (PG) Entertainment
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa - (PG) Paramount
  • Monsters Vs Aliens - (PG) Paramount
  • Twilight - (12A) E1Films

TELEVISION SHORTLIST

  • Blue Peter - CBBC
  • Dani's House - CBBC
  • Dustbin Baby - CBBC
  • Hannah Montana - Disney Channel
  • iCarly - Nickelodeon UK
  • Newsround - CBBC
  • Phineas & Ferb - Disney Channel
  • Prank Patrol - CBBC
  • The Sarah Jane Adventures - CBBC
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - Nickelodeon UK

VIDEO GAMES SHORTLIST

  • FIFA 09 - (PEGI 3+) Electronic Arts
  • Guitar Hero: World Tour - (BBFC 12+) Activision Blizzard
  • LEGO Batman: The Videogame - (PEGI 7+) Warner Bros Interactive
  • LittleBigPlanet - (PEGI 7+) Sony Computer *Entertainment
  • Need For Speed: Undercover - (PEGI 12+) Electronic Arts
  • Professor Layton and the Curious Village - (PEGI 7+) Nintendo
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party - (PEGI 7+) Ubisoft
  • The Sims 3 - (PEGI 12+) Electronic Arts
  • Wii Music - (PEGI 3+) Nintendo
  • Wii Sports Resort - (PEGI 7+) Nintendo

WEBSITE SHORTLIST

  • CBBC
  • Cartoon Network
  • Club Penguin
  • Disney Channel
  • Doctor Who
  • GirlsGoGames
  • Mindjolt Games
  • Moshi Monsters
  • Neopets
  • Nick UK

www.baftakidsvote.org