On the final day of this year’s Cartoon Forum, the Cartoon Tributes awards were given to GoldBee, KiKA and Peekaboo Animation.
Barcelona-based GoldBee was awarded the investor/distributor of the year award, while Germany’s KiKA took home broadcaster of the year. Peekaboo Animation, also based in Barcelona, was crowned producer of the year.
GoldBee has a catalog of more than 2,500 half-hour programs that it provides to broadcasters and digital platforms around the world. Its offering includes Ziggy and the Zootram, Henrietta and Cleo & Cuquin. The other companies it was up against for investor/distributor of the year were DR Sales (Denmark), KidsMe (Italy) and Nathan Univers Jeunesse (France).
KiKA, operated jointly by public-service broadcasters ARD and ZDF, features commercial and violence-free content through its linear and non-linear offerings. Odo, Stinky Dog, Edmund and Lucy, Sir Mouse and Animanimals are some of the European series included in the channel’s schedule. The other finalists for broadcaster of the year were GLITCH (The Netherlands), Radio and Television of Slovakia—RTVS (Slovakia) and TF1 Unité Jeunesse (France).
Peekaboo Animation prides itself on “creating, drawing, writing, producing and financing its own shows with fresh and innovative ideas.” Its catalog includes I, Elvis Riboldi; My Little Heroes; and Mironins. Its upcoming project Best Friends Forever… Stranded! was presented this year at Cartoon Forum. It was up against Poland’s Letko, France’s Normaal and Watch Next Media for producer of the year.
The Cartoon Tributes awards are given to European animation professionals in acknowledgment of outstanding work. This year’s awards were voted on by the 1,075 professionals who attended the 2022 event.