She will receive fest's first tyke TV honor

TORONTO — Kids’ TV multi-hyphenate Linda Ellerbee, who fronts “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee,” will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in kids and animation at the Rockies Gala, the Banff World Media Festival announced Wednesday.

“For the first time, kids’ programming will be having its star turn at the Rockies Gala,” said fest executive director Ferne Cohen. “Linda Ellerbee’s work in engaging children in issues and ideas that matter is both totally unprecedented and incredibly valuable. We are very proud to be recognizing her accomplishments in this way.”

Ellerbee and partner Rolfe Tessem founded boutique news and documentary production company Lucky Duck in 1987 and in 1991 began producing Nickelodeon’s “Nick News,” now the longest-running kids news program and recipient of three Peabody Awards and eight Emmys.

The achievement award will be presented to Ellerbee by Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group prexy Marjorie Cohn. The pair will also participate in a feature interview during the fest to discuss the state of kids’ TV and Nickelodeon’s role in its evolution.

The 32nd Banff fest takes place June 12-15 at the Fairmont Banff Spring Hotel in Banff, Canada.

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