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Goro Miyazaki & Polygon Pictures' Ronja the Robber's Daughter Wins International Emmy

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The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the International Emmy Kids Awards on Tuesday. Goro Miyazaki and Polygon Pictures' Ronja the Robber's Daughter television anime won the Animation category.

Shimajiro's WOW! (Shimajirō no Wow!) was nominated in the Preschool category, but lost to Bing.

The Ronja the Robber's Daughter anime adapts a children's book of the same name by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking). The story revolves around the only daughter of Mattis, the chief of a tribe of bandits who live in a large castle in a forest. Ronja studies the ways of the mysterious creatures who live in the forest.

Goro Miyazaki (Tales from Earthsea, From Up On Poppy Hill) directed the Ronja the Robber's Daughter television anime series, titled Sanzoku no Musume Ronia in Japan. POLYGON PICTURES (Knights of Sidonia, The Sky Crawlers) animated the 3D CG series in collaboration with Studio Ghibli. Hiroyuki Kawasaki (The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Sorcerer Hunters, Ryoko's Case File, Psychic Detective Yakumo) handled the series composition. NHK Enterprise produced the series, and NHK and Dwango handled production and writing.

Ronja the Robber's Daughter (Sanzoku no Musume Ronja) premiered in Japan in October 2014 and ran for 26 episodes. United Kingdom-based distributor Serious Lunch acquired the worldwide rights to the series and announced last June that it is seeking English-language broadcasters.

The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday at the MIPTV market event in Cannes, France. Previous award ceremonies have been held in New York City.

The International Academy of Arts and Sciences launched the International Emmy Kids Awards in 2012 to recognize "excellence in children's television programming produced and initially aired outside of the United States." The awards recognize six categories: Preschool, Animation, Factual, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Series, and TV Movie/Mini-series.

Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time received a nomination in the Animation category in the first year.

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