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Amazon, Netflix eclipse PBS in Daytime Emmy wins

The SVOD platforms combined for 24 statuettes, with Netflix/DreamWorks Animation's Trollhunters (pictured) leading in multiple wins to take home six Emmys.
May 1, 2017

After surpassing PBS with the most 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards nominations, SVOD giants Amazon and Netflix outstripped the perennial broadcasting powerhouse for the most kids category wins at the 44th awards ceremony held Friday night in L.A.

The streaming video platforms combined for 24 statuettes (13 for Amazon, 11 for Netflix), while PBS brought home nine awards, six fewer than last year.

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation animated comedy Trollhunters was the ceremony’s big winner with six Emmys, the most multiple awards for a kids series. Its key category wins included Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program (Marc Guggenheim), Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program (Rodrigo Blaas, Guillermo del Toro) and Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Kelsey Grammer as Blinky).

The acclaimed show inspired by del Toro’s book of the same name beat last year’s multiple Emmy winner, PBS’s Odd Squad, which nabbed five trophies, a total also matched by HBO’s Sesame Street.

Odd Squad, which is co-produced by The Fred Rogers Company and Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment, garnered 2017 Emmy nods for Outstanding Writing Special Class (head writer Tim McKeon, writers Mark DeAngelis, Adam Peltzman for Odd Squad: The Movie), Outstanding Costume Design/Styling (Christine Toye) and Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Isaac Kragten as Otis), to name a few.

Sesame Street‘s wins, meanwhile, included Emmys for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series, Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Preschool Children’s or Family Viewing Program and Outstanding Art Direction/Set Direction/Scenic Design.

Among Amazon’s winners were Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure (Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing and Editing – Animation), Tumble Leaf from Bix Pix Entertainment (Outstanding Directing in a Preschool Animated Program, Drew Hodges) and The Snowy Day (Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition).

Netflix/DreamWorks Animation’s The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show was also another double winner.

As for Disney XD, the kidsnet earned two Emmys—Outstanding Original Song (Disney 7D‘s “She’s Not Very Nice”) and Outstanding Promotional Announcement – Image (Black History Month: Timeless Heroes – Be Inspired).

Nickelodeon’s lone award went to Pig Boat Banana Cricket storyboard artist Phil Jacobson for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for the series’ “Mall Ya Later” episode.

Rounding out the categories, Baobab Studios earned a big win for virtual reality storytelling. Its all-ages VR film Invasion! grabbed the Emmy for Outstanding Interactive – Original Daytime Content.

Netflix also picked up an Emmy in the interactive category for Ask the StoryBots – Companion App and Storybots Classroom, which won Outstanding Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series.

The full list of winner can be accessed here.

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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