SBS series wins International Emmy

SBS's documentary series 'Go Back to Where You Came From 2' has won an International Emmy Award in the ‘non-scripted entertainment’ category at a ceremony in New York.

The second instalment of the series beat three other nominees to take the prize, presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said the series, which followed six high-profile Australians as they travelled to some of the world’s most tumultuous countries and experienced the reality of refugee life, pushed the envelope of broadcasting.

“In a time where refugee and asylum seeker issues were dominating headlines, Go Back to Where You Came From 2 really pushed the human dimension to the forefront, provoking national debate about how Australia responds to this tough and complex global issue,” he said.

“It was extremely compelling television, and a perfect example of how SBS’s uniquely diverse and thought-provoking commissioned content can ignite debate and inspire change. This was an extraordinarily challenging project, and it is great to see SBS, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ) and Go Back again receive recognition on the international stage.”

CJZ Creative Director & Executive Producer, Michael Cordell, was there to collect the award and said: “It’s great to see an Australian show resonate so strongly around the world. We’re incredibly proud of this series. To be nominated was wonderful but to win is sublime. It’s a credit to all the participants and the entire production team that they helped shape such a powerful story. Special thanks to SBS for backing such a bold piece of television.”

The International Emmy Awards recognise the best television programs produced, and initially aired, outside the United States. Nineteen countries were represented at this year’s awards, which were hosted by comedian and writer John Oliver.

Source: SBS