New York, December 5th, 2011 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today the launch of The International Emmy Kids Awards, a new competition and stand-alone ceremony, solely dedicated to recognizing excellence in children’s television programming produced and initially aired outside of the United States.Six new categories have been created for this event: Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series, and Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series. The inaugural awards ceremony is scheduled for February 2013 in New York City. Entries into the kids competition will run concurrent with The International Emmy Awards competition which opens December 6th and closes February 15th, 2012. The 3 rounds of judging for these 6 categories will take place throughout the summer and fall of 2012. Rules and regulations can be found on the Academy’s website at http://www.iemmys.tv/awards_entry.aspx.