Double Emmy win for ITN

ITN Productions’ film Children of Syria shown on PBS Frontline, from director Marcel Mettelsiefen, triumphed to win Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary at the Emmy News and Documentary Awards.

The overall project following Hala and her three children from the frontline in Aleppo to a new life in Germany has received more than 20 accolades since 2014 when the first film Children on the Frontline was broadcast on Channel 4.

This includes an International Emmy, two BAFTAs and a Peabody award. The cinematic version of the film, Watani: My Homeland was nominated for an Oscar this year in the Documentary Short Subject category.

It was filmed by director Marcel Mettelsiefen and edited by Stephen Ellis. Originally a photojournalist, Marcel initially produced films from Syria for Channel 4 News featuring families living in Aleppo before working with ITN Productions to create Children on the Frontline. In the last three years ITN Productions has won two International Emmy Awards (2015 and 2016) and now an Emmy Award in 2017.

Channel 4 News won its 3rd International Emmy in five years as it was recognised for the heartbreaking footage filmed inside Aleppo by multi-award winning filmmaker Waad al-Kateab. Waad was able to collect her award in New York but her identity remains protected.

The award was for Channel 4 News’ ‘Inside Aleppo – Battle for Aleppo’ comprises an eight-day series of reports from August 2016 which included footage of a baby born in the aftermath of a barrel bomb attack which so captured Aleppo’s agony.

The material, shot by multi award-winning Syrian film-maker Waad al-Kateab, featured both unprecedented documentation of the turmoil in the city’s final hospital, as well as the human stories of those who remained in Aleppo during the siege.

Waad’s reports have had around half a billion views online – believed to be the most watched reports of any in the civil war. She worked with Channel 4 News’ foreign team of producers and reporters to make the series of award winning films. 

 ITN CEO John Hardie said: “It is a fantastic achievement and testimony to the consistently high level of our journalism that ITN’s work from both Channel 4 News and ITN Productions have been recognised with these prestigious accolades. Waad’s work with Channel 4 News is both powerful and desperately moving. Meanwhile, our relationship with Marcel was born and nurtured in the Channel 4 newsroom before his longer form storytelling was developed by ITN Productions. I am hugely proud.”

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