'Scorched' wins Digital Emmy

Australian drama looks at climate change

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CANNES -- "Scorched," a futuristic online drama from Australia's Firelight Prods. that looks at the potential devastation of climate change, has won the 2009 International Digital Emmy for best fiction program.

The Internet series is set in 2012. The Aussie capital Sydney has run out of water and bushfires are closing in from all sides. The series, featuring local stars Cameron Daddo, Rachael Carpani and Vince Colosimo, was complemented by a telefilm on Australia's Channel Nine, three dedicated YouTube channels and several faux Web sites and online forums.

British producers Raw TV and Airlock won the best children & young people trophy for their project "Battlefront," a look at 20 teenagers trying to change the world. As with "Scorched," the online version of the series was expanded from an on-air version -- shown on Channel 4 -- which focused on five of the young campaigners.

The Digital Emmy for best nonfiction program went to BBC and Lion Television for "Britain From Above," a joint TV and online project that used the latest technology to offer a bird's eye view of Britain's most famous sites.

The winners of the 2009 International Digital Emmys were announced at a gala ceremony Monday night in Cannes.