Magic Light Pictures’ Christmas special Zog up for International Emmy

Magic Light Pictures’ Christmas special Zog has been nominated for an International Emmy in the Kids Awards Best Animation category.

The nomination follows Magic Light’s win in the same category at the International Emmy Kids Awards in 2018 with Revolting Rhymes.

Zog is a heart-warming and comedic adventure based on the popular book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, directed by Max Lang and Daniel Snaddon and produced by Michael Rose and Martin Pope of Magic Light Pictures.

The half-hour special premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2018 and was the fourth-highest rated programme on the day, achieving 8.8m viewers (including repeat).

Magic Light Pictures co-founder Martin Pope, said: “We are delighted that Zog has been recognised with this nomination in the face of such stiff competition from across the globe.”

Zog is also proving popular internationally. ZDF Germany is a key partner and the film has also been sold to major broadcasters across Europe, Asia and Australia.

The film is the latest in a distinguished line of award-winning festive family specials from Magic Light for BBC One that have become a Christmas tradition on the channel, including such favourites as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man, The Highway Rat and Revolting Rhymes. 

A new animation for Christmas 2019, The Snail and the Whale, is also set to premiere on BBC One.

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