The Banff World Media Festival announced today that Linda Ellerbee - Executive Producer, writer and anchor of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee - will be the recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Kids & Animation. The award will be presented to Ellerbee by Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming & Development, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, at the 2011 Rockies Gala.
The pair will also take the stage at the Festival for a Feature Interview, in which Cohn will answer Ellerbee's questions on the current climate in kids' television and Nickelodeon's role in kids' media as the space continues to grow and evolve.
"This year, Kids & Animation, hosted by TELETOON Canada inc., will really be taking centre stage at BANFF," said Ferne Cohen, Executive Director of the Festival. "For the first time, kids' programming will be having its star turn at the Rockies Gala, and we are so pleased to have such a deserving recipient as the winner of this inaugural award. Linda Ellerbee's work in engaging children in issues and ideas that matter is both totally unprecedented and incredibly valuable. We are very proud to have her at the Festival and to be recognizing her accomplishments in this way."
"As a leader in Canada's animation industry, and with our continued commitment to developing high-quality original productions and bringing the best of animation to kids audiences across the country, TELETOON is proud to once again return to BANFF this year as a key sponsor and host of BANFF Kids & Animation," said Len Cochrane, President, TELETOON Canada inc. "This year's Kids & Animation program promises to be very informative, and we look forward to another successful Festival."
After an award-winning career in network news, Ellerbee and her partner, Rolfe Tessem, started boutique news and documentary production company Lucky Duck Productions in 1987. In 1991, Lucky Duck began producing Nick News with Linda Ellerbee for Nickelodeon. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Nick News is the longest-running children's news program in television history, and is watched by more children than all other television news shows combined.
Nick News has collected three Peabody Awards (including one personal Peabody given to Ellerbee for her coverage of the Clinton investigation), a DuPont Columbia Award and eight national Emmys for Outstanding Children's Program. In 2009, Nick News received the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary, making history as the first children's television program ever to receive this prestigious award.
Marjorie Cohn, a 24-year veteran at Nickelodeon, is responsible for supervising the development and production of all live-action programming on Nickelodeon. She oversees Nickelodeon's creative executive teams on both the East and West Coasts, as well as all original programming for Nick at Nite and TeenNick, as well as all original television movies for Nickelodeon.
During her time at Nickelodeon, Cohn has produced or overseen the production and development of a wide range of hit series and network events, including: Rugrats; The Wild Thornberrys; Hey Arnold!; SpongeBob SquarePants; Avatar: The Last Airbender; The Fairly OddParents; All That; The Amanda Show; The Nick Cannon Show; Drake and Josh; Zoey 101; BrainSurge; Victorious; iCarly; Big Time Rush; Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards; Nick News with Linda Ellerbee; and many more.