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Mel honoured to be nominated for an International Emmy Award

Despite not returning home with an International Emmy Award, former Watton resident Mel Taylor said she feels incredibly proud to have represented the UK at such a prestigious international ceremony.

As reported in the Wolds Weekly, Mel, a former student at Driffield School & Sixth Form, was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her work as producer and director of the Newsround Special programme – Let’s Talk About Periods.

The CBBC programme, presented by TV and radio presenter Lauren Layfield, was first aired last year on International Women’s Day.

During the programme, Lauren speaks to experts, celebrities and children to find out what periods are, people’s attitudes towards them and why it’s important to open up the conversation.

The programme was shortlisted in the Kids: Factual & Entertainment category at the 50th International Emmy Awards which took place in New York last week.

In a talented field of programmes from Norway, South Africa and Chile, it was My Better World produced by South Africa’s Fundi Films in collaboration with Johannesburg-based MAAN Creative for Impact(Ed) International, that won the award.

The series follows the adventures of six African teens as they navigate the complex challenges of school, family and friendship.

Mel said that despite not winning on the night, she feels incredibly proud to have made a programme which has had such a positive impact on helping young people to open up about the subject.

She said: “Huge congratulations to Fundi Films on their amazing programme and very well-deserved win.

“I’m so proud to have represented our Newsround Special – Let’s Talk About Periods on such an incredible international platform.

“To have been considered one of the best four Kids Factual and Entertainment programmes in the world is completely mind blowing and very motivating.”

Mel, who formerly lived in Watton, said she felt really passionate about making the programme to enable young people to open up about the subject.

Mel with Henry the Blue Peter dog

“When I first heard that the programme had been commissioned by CBBC, I thought it sounded amazing and really wanted to be the person to produce and direct it,” she told the Wolds Weekly.

“After hounding the executive producer, I was given the role and started researching it.

“There are all kinds of statistics and data that show that one in four girls in the UK start their period and have never had any real education about it.

“Equally, there was a survey that showed that a large percentage of boys between the ages of eight and 13 didn’t really know anything about periods.

“I thought this was a great opportunity to open up the conversation to children and I really wanted to make the programme in the best way I could and in a bold and confident way.

“I am really proud of the programme and I am really passionate about the subject.

“It went down really well with the audience and we have had amazing feedback from parents and teachers.

“Now to be nominated for the International Emmy Award is just amazing.”

The 50th International Emmy Awards took place in New York on 21st November.

Founded in 1969, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a non-profit, membership organisation, based in New York City, comprising leading entertainment figures across all sectors of the television industry, from more than 50 countries.

The academy recognises excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States.

The Newsround Special – Let’s Talk About Periods programme was shortlisted in the Kids: Factual & Entertainment category alongside programmes from Norway, South Africa and Chile.

Mel, who is currently working as a producer on Blue Peter, added: “The nomination for the International Emmy Award was a complete surprise.

“We have had nominations for a few national awards, but the International Emmys is really exciting.

“We were sent a lovely letter from the Emmys saying that our programme was voted one of the best in international television by television professionals from nearly 70 countries.

“It has been an amazing experience working on this programme from start to finish and to be nominated for this award is the icing on the cake.

“It is such an honour and amazing recognition for the programme and I am so pleased it has made such a positive impact.”

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