24 FEB, 2015

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading pre-school entertainment companies and a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., is thrilled to announce that Mike the Knight, its co-production with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio, was named one of this year's International Emmy® Kids Awards winners.

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences handed out its third International Emmy Kids Awards at the ceremony hosted in New York, February 20, where Mike the Knight beat off competition in the pre-school programme category.

Edward Catchpole, SVP HIT Entertainment, commented “This external recognition of our industry leading storytelling and animation is a fantastic accolade and I am delighted for everyone involved.

“We can expect great things for the new Thomas & Friends movie launched later this year and the all new Bob the Builder series rolling-out globally from late 2015. We can but hope that as well as delivering commercial success, one of these brands is also recognised by the industry.”

Christopher Keenan, VP Global Content & Executive Producer, and Production Manager, Micaela Winter, were joined at the ceremony by co-production partner, Nelvana Studio, to collect the award.

Mike the Knight, created by Alexander Bar, is a UK / Canada treaty co-production between HIT Entertainment and Nelvana Studio.



Luke Powell
Email: luke.powell@mattel.com
Direct: +44 (0)207 554 3641 / Mobile: +44(0)773 802 6574

Notes to editors

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading pre-school entertainment companies, specialising in building powerful brands based on engaging stories.  HIT Entertainment’s world-class portfolio includes  Thomas & Friends®, Mike the Knight™, Fireman Sam®, Bob the Builder™, Barney®, Angelina Ballerina®, Pingu® and Rainbow Magic®.

HIT Entertainment excels at creating and building globally successful brands which capture the hearts and imaginations of pre-schoolers and their families.  This is achieved through exceptional storytelling in multiple formats, enhanced by creating high quality character-based products and experiences with best-in-class partners. HIT Entertainment’s lines of business span television and home entertainment production, content distribution, digital media and live events and attractions.  HIT Entertainment, a subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information visit www.hitentertainment.com


About Mike the Knight™

Mike the Knight™ is a CGI animation for pre-schoolers which transports viewers to a bygone age filled with castles, quests and dragons. With his rallying cry, "Be a knight, do it right!" the heroic Mike conjures up the excitement and enchantment of medieval times into the life of the modern pre-schooler. Mike is a young boy with a big future. The son of the king and queen of Glendragon, Mike is determined to become a great and noble knight like his father. He is joined on his adventures by his companions Squirt and Sparkie - two friendly dragons, and his trusty steed Galahad. Mike's sister Evie, a trainee wizard, often tries to lend a hand, even though her spells often hinder, rather than help, her brother's progress! Through his endeavours, Mike discovers the power of responsibility and learns about doing things the right way. For more information about Mike the Knight, please visit www.miketheknight.com