THE world is returning to normal today as Whiporie-based creators of dirtgirlworld contemplate their Emmy award.

Cate McQuillen and Hewey Eustace will be bubbling with winning euphoria as they attend rounds of meetings with digital entertainment executives after receiving their International Digital Emmy for Children and Young People in Cannes on Monday night.

"We didn't know how we were going to do when we came over, so we thought it would be a good idea to organise meetings for Wednesday with company executives," Cate said.

Cate and Hewey received their Emmy at a packed Martinez Hotel in the French resort city from one of their childhood heroes, KISS bass guitar player and singer Gene Simmons.

"It was so rock and roll, accepting the statue from someone I'd admired so much as a kid," Cate said.

Although their chaotic Monday ended in triumph, they were not confident as they saw their opposition.

"In the morning all the finalists received their medals and we saw what other people had been doing," she said.

"It was amazing and we were starting to think it's a good thing for us just to make the finals."

Contemplating what gave them their winning edge, Cate put it down to the genuineness and integrity that comes from their background in Whiporie.

"Dirtgirl isn't the idea of a New York executive sitting in his office deciding it would be a good idea to do a show about a girl who likes to play in the garden," she said.

"There's 24 judges from around the world and they all recognised something universal in the appeal dirtgirl has.

"I think there's big hunger for simplicity out there. People love the idea of a simpler world dirtgirl and her friends live in.

"The fact that kids are using computers and their iPads to access something that encourages them to get outside and get active is an added appeal for us."


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