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Who took home a 2020 Kidscreen Award?

Netflix came out on top, with Disney, Sesame and Studio AKA tied for second at the event hosted by actor/comedian Emma Hunter. But who else was a winner?
February 11, 2020

Disney, Sesame Workshop and Studio AKA were among the biggest winners at tonight’s 2020 Kidscreen Awards, but Netflix’s five awards put the streamer on top at the annual event honoring the year’s best work in children’s television and digital media.

Held during Kidscreen Summit in Miami, the Kidscreen Awards were hosted by actor/comedian Emma Hunter (pictured) and exclusively sponsored by the Canada Media Fund.

Netflix originals A Series of Unfortunate Events and Angela’s Christmas each grabbed a pair of trophies—the former for Best Live-Action Series and Best In Class in Tweens/Teens Programming, and the latter for Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie and Best In Class in Kids Programming. The streamer’s fifth award went to Hilda for Best Animated Kids Series. Hilda has been racking up the awards, also recently winning best animation at the 2019 Children’s BAFTAs and a 2019 Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding main title and graphic design. Netflix’s trophy haul comes after the SVOD added 8.8 million new subscribers in Q4 amid ongoing investment in original kids programming.

As for Disney, the media conglom rode into the ceremony with the most noms (nine), bolstered by the company’s ability to submit more entries following its acquisition of 20th Century Fox last year. The House of Mouse ultimately walked away with four wins, including two for Fox series Bob’s Burgers (Best Animated Tweens/Teens Series and Best Writing), and one for Disney LatAm’s NIVIS: Amigos de Otro Mundo (Best Mixed-Media Preschool Series).

Meanwhile, preschool series Hey Duggee from Studio AKA in the UK and perennial winner Sesame Street tied for the most wins by a single series with four awards each. Hey Duggee nabbed Creative Talent awards for Voice Talent, Design and Music, as well as Best Animated Preschool Series for the second year in a row. Not to be outdone, Sesame Street followed up its Best One-Off, Special Or TV Movie win last year by claiming the category again with its When You Wish Upon a Pickle special.

In broadcasting, PBS KIDS won the coveted Channel of the Year award for the second year in a row. And the win marks the pubcaster’s sixth channel title since the Kidscreen Awards launched in 2010.

In new categories, Hopster won for Best Kids-Only Streaming Service, DreamWorksTV took the Best Kids YouTube Channel award, Baobab Studios grabbed Best Kids Game—Other for its VR title Crow: The Legend, and Melbourne’s Wabi Sabi Studios nabbed Best Kids Short Film with its stop-motion love story Lost & Found. Hopster’s win follows a significant period of growth for the UK-based SVOD that saw it launch in Africa for the first time, expand its original programming slate with empathy series Saturday Club and LGBT-focused series Rainbow Stories, plus receive a multi-million-dollar investment from edtech company Sandbox & Co.

Assessed by two panels of highly respected industry judges, the Programming and Creative Talent winners are as follows:

PROGRAMMING—PRESCHOOL

Best New Series
Where’s Waldo
DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Series
Hey Duggee
Studio AKA, BBC Studios

Best Live-Action Series
Sesame Street
Sesame Workshop

Best Mixed-Media Series
NIVIS: Amigos de Otro Mundo
The Walt Disney Company Latin America

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A Sesame Street Special
Sesame Workshop

Best Short Film
Nick Jr Sunscreen Song
Nickelodeon

Best in Class
Sesame Street
Sesame Workshop

PROGRAMMING—KIDS

Best New Series
Kung-Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny
DreamWorks Animation

Best Animated Series
Hilda
Silvergate Media, Netflix, Mercury Filmworks, Hilda Productions

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Angela’s Christmas
Netflix, Brown Bag Films

Best Live-Action Series
Just Add Magic
Amazon Studios

Best Mixed-Media Series
Paper Port
Pipeline Studios, Zumbastico

Best Short Film
Lost & Found
Wabi Sabi Studios

Best in Class
Angela’s Christmas
Netflix, Brown Bag Films

PROGRAMMING—TWEENS/TEENS

Best New Series
Unik (Unique)
NRK

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers
Bento Box Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

Best Live-Action Series
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Netflix

Best One-off, Special or TV Movie
#ROXY
Mosaic Entertainment, Spesch

Best in Class
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Netflix

CREATIVE TALENT

Best Animation
Lost & Found
Wabi Sabi Studios

Best Directing
Dino Dana
Sinking Ship Entertainment

AND

Sesame Street
Sesame Workshop

Best Writing
Bob’s Burgers
Bento Box Entertainment, 20th Century Fox

Best Acting
Dino Dana
Sinking Ship Entertainment

Best Voice Talent
Hey Duggee
Studio AKA, BBC Studios

Best Design
Hey Duggee
Studio AKA, BBC Studios

Best Music
Hey Duggee
Studio AKA, BBC Studios

There is also a set of Kidscreen Awards categories designed to spotlight the best efforts made by broadcasters to build stronger connections with kids and family audiences around the world. These winners were decided by an online vote among Kidscreen readers that took place in December. The winners in the broadcast categories are as follows:

BROADCASTING

Channel of the Year
PBS KIDS

Best Programming Block
TVOKids

Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team
Suki, Meisha, Jesse, Duhin, Spencer and RikiMisu—The Zone, Zone Weekend and Big Fun Movies (YTV)

Best Kids-Only Streaming Service
Hopster

And rounding out the Kidscreen Awards program is a set of digital categories for preschool (zero to five) and kids (six and up). Here are the winners of these prizes:

DIGITAL—PRESCHOOL

Best Learning App—Branded
Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn
HITN

Best Learning App—Original
Funexpected Math!
Funexpected

Best Game App—Branded
Dino Dana: Dino Quest
Sinking Ship Entertainment

Best Game—Other
Cutie Pugs Games
Little Engine Moving Pictures

Best YouTube Channel
Moonbug Kids
Moonbug

Best Web/App Series—Branded
Canticos
Encantos Media Studios, Nickelodeon

Best Web/App Series—Original
Lili & Lola
Big Bad Boo Studios

Best Website
Pinna
Pinna

DIGITAL—KIDS

Best Learning App—Branded
Marvel Hero Tales
Kuato Studios, Marvel

Best Learning App—Original
Wonderscope
Within Unlimited, Flight School, Nexus, Preloaded, 3dar, Chromosphere

Best Game App—Branded
Do Not Touch
Nickelodeon

Best Game App—Original
Crow: The Legend
Baobab Studios

Best YouTube Channel
DreamWorksTV
NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises

Best Web/App Series—Branded
Dance Squad
Driver Studios

Best Web/App Series—Original
Detention Adventure
LoCo Motion Pictures, Broken Compass Films

Best Website
WarriorCats.com
Coolabi

Best Game—Other
Crow: The Legend
Baobab Studios

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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