New Zealand lands first International Emmy

Web series 'Reservoir Hill' among winners at Monday's event

New Zealand made history Monday night in Cannes by nabbing its first-ever International Emmy.

"Reservoir Hill," an interactive Web series from producer KHF Media, follows a 16-year-old as she is forced to solve a mystery when she moves to a creepy suburb. It topped the digital program for children and young people contenders.

Britain's ITV nabbed the fiction award with "Primeval Evolved" in which for 10 weeks, viewers experience an online project extending the stories, world and characters of the TV show "Primeval." And Britain's BBC unit the Open University won the nonfiction prize for "Virtual Revolution," an open source doc inviting users to collaborate in the making of a series about how the Internet has transformed society.

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The Pioneer Prize was presented to "Heroes" creator and executive producer Tim Kring for his innovative contributions to the field of digital entertainment with Heroes Evolutions.

"This year's winners have masterfully demonstrated how to enhance the viewers' multiplatform experience," I-Academy president-CEO Bruce Paisner said.

Emceed by actor Jason Priestley, the awards ceremony was attended by 200 international executives from the television, broadband and mobile industries and was hosted by the International Academy of Television Arts & Science in partnership with Reed Midem, the organizers of the ongoing MipTV market in Cannes.
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