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Beam wins International Award

Beam International Limited today announced that Mike Teaches English was awarded a Bronze medal in the final judging round of the New York Festivals Interactive Multimedia Competition for the Best Educational/Instructional Programs Produced for use in Schools. No Silver or Gold awards were given in this category.
This is a major international accolade to be awarded to Smarty Pants Publishing and its Languages for Kids series of educational titles. Hundreds of entries were received from all over the world and only 29 entrants from the 60 categories were nominated as demonstrating finalists. Only those titles chosen as demonstrating finalists are eligible to compete for the coveted Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.
"We are extremely proud to have been nominated as a finalist, but to also have achieved the Bronze medal for Best Educational Program produced for use in schools is evidence in itself of the quality and content of our Languages for Kids Series" said Smarty Pants' General Manager, Rebecca Chapman. Smarty Pants Publishing is the Educational Publishing division of Beam International Ltd.
'Mike Teaches English' is just of one of the eleven Languages for Kids software titles that have been developed using interactive activities and games to teach primary school children a second language. All the development of the series was carried out by the Educational Multimedia division of Beam International, with the support of an expert panel of language teachers, and will be published under the Smarty Pants publishing brand name.
The series was co-funded by the Australian Multimedia Enterprise Limited. Scholastic Australia Pty Limited has signed a distribution agreement to distribute this language series which is scheduled for launch in conjunction with the Christmas holidays. Distribution agreements for Europe and the US are currently in the final stages of negotiation.
More information relating to the New York Interactive Multimedia Festivals can be found at:
Beam International Limited is the holding company for the Beam Group. It is Australia's only multimedia development company traded on the Australian Stock Exchange (and trades under the symbol BEM).
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Press release:- Tuesday October 7, 1997