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PBS, Netflix top the kids Emmy categories

Odd Squad, Sesame Street and Crow: The Legend landed multiple wins at the 46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
May 6, 2019

Netflix and PBS were the biggest winners at the 46th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards this weekend in the children’s categories. Driven by three wins for Sinking Ship Entertainment’s live-action series Odd Squad (pictured), PBS racked up five awards, while Netflix brought home the most statues with 10.

Outside of the kids TV categories, the annual ceremony held on Friday night in LA, also included awards for drama, non-fiction and news programming.

Odd Squad (co-produced with Fred Rogers Productions) won Emmys for outstanding children’s or family viewing series and outstanding directing and writing for a children’s, preschool children’s or family viewing program.

Its three trophies tied HBO’s iconic series Sesame Street, but both series were surpassed by Baobab Studios’ VR and traditional 2D-animated short Crow: The Legend, which scored four awards, including outstanding interactive media for a daytime program. Baobab has dominated the category for three years in a row with VR shorts Asteroids! and Invasion winning in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

With the most nominations (47) going in, Netflix won a pair of Emmys for Ask the Storybots (outstanding directing in a preschool animated program and outstanding writing in a preschool animated program), while Hilda grabbed the award for outstanding main title and graphic design for an animated program. (For more on how SVODs are making their kids title sequences stand out, click here.)

Interestingly, Netflix’s BBC co-pro Watership Down, the show with the most nominations (six), only nabbed one win— outstanding special class animated program.

As for traditional linear nets, Nickelodeon’s four wins bested Disney, which got three. Nick’s The Loud House won outstanding children’s animated series and outstanding writing in an animated program, while Disney Junior’s Elena of Avalor won outstanding casting for an animated series or special for the second year in a row.

Here are this year’s winners in a number of key kids categories:

Outstanding preschool children’s series
Sesame Street (HBO)

Outstanding children’s or family viewing series
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding preschool children’s animated series
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (PBS)

Outstanding children’s animated series
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding special class animated program
Watership Down (Netflix)

Outstanding educational or informational series
Weird But True (National Geographic Kids)

Outstanding directing in an animated program
Crow: The Legend (Baobab Studios)

Outstanding directing in a preschool animated program
Ask the StoryBots (Netflix)

Outstanding directing for a children’s, preschool children’s or family viewing program
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding writing in a children’s, preschool children’s, family viewing series
Odd Squad (PBS)

Outstanding writing in a preschool animated program
Ask the Storybots (Netflix)

Outstanding writing in an animated program
The Loud House (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding short format children’s program
Nick Jr Color Song: RED (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding interactive media for a daytime program
Crow: The Legend (Baobab Studios)

Outstanding original song in a children’s or animated program
“Making a World with My Friend” from Peg + Cat (PBS)

Outstanding cinematography
Tumble Leaf (Amazon Prime)

Outstanding individual achievement in animation
Kal Athannassov, character designer, Crow: The Legend (Baobab Studios)
Alan Bodner, production designer, Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures (Disney Channel)
Cody Gramstad, production designer, Crow: The Legend (Baobab Studios)
Yizhou Li, character animator, Tumble Leaf (Amazon Prime)
Brian Woods, background designer, Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventures (Disney Channel)
Kevin Wotton, storyboard artist, Spirit Riding Free (Netflix)

The complete list of winners can be found 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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