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PBS dominates children’s Daytime Emmy nominations

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards has revealed its list of nominees and PBS and Nickelodeon lead the field once again in the children's categories with 50 and 18 nominations, respectively.
April 1, 2015

The 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards has revealed its list of nominees and PBS and Nickelodeon lead the field once again in the children’s categories with 50 and 18 nominations, respectively.

Thirteen nods for long-running hit Sesame Street, and a combined 12 noms for  The Fred Rogers Company’s Odd Squad (co-produced with Sinking Ship) and Peg + Cat (co-produced with 9 Story Media Group), helped put PBS on top. Nickelodeon secured two nominations each for a number of its popular shows including Sanjay & Craig, Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (produced by Sinking Ship), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Peter Rabbit.

For other kidsnets, online streamer Netflix earned 13 nominations, one more than the combined efforts of Disney Jr., Disney XD and Disney Channel.

Netflix was buoyed by seven nods for the sixth and final season of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and six combined nominations for two of its brand new original DreamWorks Animation series, All Hail King Julien and VeggieTales in the House.

The former, starring the enigmatic lemur from DreamWorks’ popular Madagascar franchise, picked up six nods including outstanding children’s animated program, while the latter earned a placement in the outstanding children’s preschool animated program category.

Amazon Instant Video’s seven nominations, led by five for animated series Tumble Leaf, and YouTube’s nine nods also signify the changing nature of content distribution and viewing habits in the kid’s space today.

Amazon’s Tumble Leaf will also be recognized when Jason Kolowski (production designer), Michael Granberry (animator), Drew Hodges (character designer) and Robyn Yannoukos (lead painter) are honored during the Daytime Creative Arts Emmys with Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation awards.

Jairo Lizarazu, location designer for Disney Jr.’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Mårten Jönmark, storyboard artist for Nick’s Peter Rabbit, will also be honored with the special awards.

Rounding out the children’s categories, the new Discovery Family Channel (formerly The Hub) matched Disney with 12 nominations led by R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series with six nods.

Meanwhile, Cartoon Network claimed two nominations, one for short-form series Shazam – Stamina and another for The Tom & Jerry Show.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Universal Hilton in L.A. on April 24th, followed by the live April 26th television broadcast of the Daytime Emmys on new CBS/Lionsgate joint-venture channel Pop.

Read on for a list of nominees in key children’s categories.

Outstanding Children’s Preschool Series
Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (Nickelodeon)
Sesame Street (PBS)
Yo Gabba Gabba! (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Children’s Series
Odd Squad (PBS)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (Syndicated)
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series (Discovery Family Channel)
Spooksville (Discovery Family Channel)
The Wildlife Docs (Syndicated)

Outstanding Children’s Preschool Animated Program
Peg + Cat (PBS)
Tumble Leaf (Amazon Instant Video)
VeggieTales in the House (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
All Hail King Julien (Netflix)
Arthur (PBS)
The Fairly OddParents (Nickelodeon)
Sanjay & Craig (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Phineas and Ferb Save Summer (Disney XD)
Silent (YouTube)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS)
Dinosaur Train (PBS)
Doc McStuffins (Disney Jr.)
Peg + Cat (PBS)

Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program
Cyberchase (PBS)
Lost Treasure Hunt (American Public Television)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Netflix)
WordGirl (PBS)

Outstanding Writing in a Children’s or Preschool Children’s Series
Odd Squad (PBS)
Sesame Street (PBS)
Spooksville (Discovery Family Channel)

Visit www.emmyonline.com for the full list of nominees.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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