Stella and Sam is Runner-Up for the Esteemed Japan Prize

Toronto, Canada - November 1, 2011 - The NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) has announced the winners for 46th Japan Prize after receiving 313 entries from 61 countries and regions.

Stella and Sam was named 1 of 2 runners-up for the Best Work in Pre-school prize. The competition was tough in the pre-school category with an outstanding 40 entries from all over the world. From those 40 entries, 17 shows were short-listed, 3 became finalists, and one winner was announced.

"We would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees for the Japan Prize," says Michelle Melanson, Supervising Producer for Stella and Sam. "It's an honour to be involved with a competition that encourages such strong and exceptional television for our future generation."


The JAPAN PRIZE, founded in 1965 by NHK, is a contest where quality audiovisual works with educational value gather from around the world. This year, we received 313 entries from 61 countries and regions. Selected through fair judgment, prizewinners were announced at the Awards Ceremony on October 27th.

Stella and Sam is an animated preschool television series based on Marie-Louise Gay's best selling Stella and Sam book series and is currently in production on its second season. The show features Stella, the irrepressible redhead, and her slightly apprehensive little brother, Sam, as they take on the wonders of the world and explore the endearing, intimate scenes of young childhood. It airs on Disney Junior, Disney Junior en francais, and TFO in Canada and Disney Junior (Australia and New Zealand), YLE (Finland), RTP (Portugal), NRK (Norway), Hop (Israel), PakaPaka (Argentina) internationally.