Nokia to receive Pioneer Prize at Intl Digital Emmy Awards

MUMBAI: Nominees from 9 countries will compete for this year’s International Digital Emmy Awards. The announcement was made by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Emmys will be presented at a special ceremony on 30 March, at MIPTV in Cannes. There are 12 nominees in 3 categories: Digital Program – Children & Young People; Digital Program – Fiction; and Digital Program – Non-Fiction. The full list of Nominees from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Israel, Qatar, Singapore and the United Kingdom follows this release.

As in years past, the awards will gather over 200 professionals across the entertainment, mobile and Internet industries at the invitation-only ceremony.

“We are very pleased to be recognizing these nominees for their outstanding achievements in producing content specifically designed for delivery on a digital platform,” said The International Academy president & CEO Bruce L. Paisner  . “Digital programming is now a significant option for audiences around the world seeking out content.”

In addition to the presentation of the International Digital Emmy Awards for Children & Young People, Fiction and Non-Fiction, the International Academy will present a special award – the Pioneer Prize, which is not an Emmy but rather a special initiative from the Academy which honors an industry personality or organization. “The Pioneer Prize will be presented to Nokia, Inc. for its innovative contributions to the field of digital television and video broadcasting on a mobile device,” added Paisner.

Nokia Services EVP and a member of the Nokia Group Executive Board and Nokia Services EVP Niklas Savander, will accept on behalf of the company.

“We are delighted to accept this prestigious award. As consumers’ digital consumption habits are increasingly going mobile, Nokia and the mobility industry at large is excited by the business opportunity it presents for us together with our content partners,” commented Savander. “Services like the groundbreaking comes with music service and the Ovi Store media distribution network are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in mobile entertainment.”