Pocoyo named Best Children’s Program at the Iris Awards of the Spanish Television Academy
The series Pocoyo, produced by Spanish studio Zinkia, has won the award for Best Children’s Program at the Iris Awards 2022 of the Television and Audiovisual Science and Arts Academy. These awards, which recognise the most outstanding professionals and programs in Spanish TV, were announced yesterday during the annual gala, which had over 800 attendees.
Nominated alongside other productions like “Croco Doc,” “Mironins” and “Momonsters,” Pocoyo was finally chosen by the jury, which recognised its long trajectory on channels like RTVE, Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Hopster and Rakuten.
Pocoyo’s catalogue comprises four seasons, the short “Pocoyó y el Circo Espacial” (Pocoyo and the Space Circus), over 80 songs and music videos, and other special content, including the episode “Dragon Island”, a coproduction with the Tourism Agency of Gran Canaria, in which Pocoyo left his white universe for the first time, in order to visit that Canary Island.
This award is the latest among the 40 national and international prizes that Pocoyo has received, including the Cristal at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and the BAFTA of the British Academy, both for the Best Animation Series, as well as three Pulcinella awards at the Italian Cartoons on The Bay Festival.
“Out of all the distinctions we have received throughout Pocoyo’s 20 years, the Iris Award is one of the most valued because it represents a recognition by academics of the role Pocoyo has played in Spanish television, and perhaps it brings us a little bit closer to the country’s popular culture, highlighting what Spain creates, produces and exports,” explained Victor M. López, General Manager of Zinkia.
In addition, Alberto Delgado, CEO of Zinkia, added that “this award proves that Pocoyo is still one of the leading international brands in children’s animation, while also confirming Zinkia’s capacity as a producer for this and other series we are working on, including ‘Yanco, Dina y los Dinosaurios,’ ‘Bumpy: The Bear,’ ‘Ghost Bros’ and ‘Bugsted.’”
Founded in 2002, Spanish company Zinkia Entertainment creates and commercialises entertainment brands through the production of audiovisual and interactive content aimed at family audiences.
Among its main productions is the preschool series Pocoyo, an internationally famous children’s brand with a huge audience. After 20 years, Pocoyo is present on the main VoD platforms, including Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon and Disney, and is also among the most popular children’s content on YouTube, where it has garnered 36 million subscribers and over 6 billion annual views. In addition, the brand has also launched several apps, which have been downloaded over 85 million times, and licenced millions of toys, books, clothing and other products.
Zinkia’s content includes other brands such as “Bumpy: The Bear,” “Ghost Bros” and “Bugsted,” which were added to its catalogue following the acquisition of anima