Image Nation Brings Industry Accolades Home to Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE, February 18th, 2013: 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.
The inaugural International Emmy Kids Awards, held in New York on February 8, were created by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to honor excellence in children’s programming around the world.
About Image Nation
Since launching in 2008 as a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation has rapidly become one of the leading content creators in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. The company commissions and produces filmed content across a wide range of platforms, with a particular focus on audiences in the UAE and Gulf region.
Image Nation fulfils four key commitments: Developing Emirati filmed entertainment; growing the local film industry through training and internship programs; supporting Abu Dhabi entities in creating content to meet strategic and marketing objectives; and co-producing an aggressive slate of international films through several strategic partnerships.
Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the company’s local division, develops film, TV and documentary projects showcasing Emirati talent both in front and behind the camera. “Sea Shadow”, the company’s first local film, was released in 2011 and the horror film “Djinn” is slated for release later in 2013.
The company contributes to the film industry in Abu Dhabi through a number of training and internship programs that encourage the growth of local talent. One of its most popular programs, Arab Film Studio, will hold its second edition this year in partnership with twofour54. The multi-disciplinary program provides burgeoning filmmakers the training they need to have successful careers in the film industry.
Drawing on the group’s creative and marketing expertise, Image Nation Strategic Media Solutions works with partners to create engaging content that enables their strategic and marketing objectives. The company has formed a number of alliances with Abu Dhabi government and commercial entities to develop multi-media projects including advertising campaigns, TV content, documentaries and social media campaigns.
Image Nation International, the company’s international film division, maintains strategic partnerships with a number of major producers. These include Participant Media, Hyde Park Entertainment, Parkes/Macdonald Productions, Warner Bros., and Singapore’s Media Development Authority (MDA).
The division has co-produced a number of feature films, including “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, “The Help”, “Contagion” and “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and through its Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation partnership produced “Men in Black 3” and “Flight”.