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35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Awards were given out at a gala ceremony on June 13, 2008 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. This year’s Daytime Creative Arts and Entertainment Emmy Awards included animation winners and awards in two new categories called New Approaches.

The Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Emmy┬« Award is a juried award given for a single episode of a series or special. The award is based on individual achievement rather than team effort. Animators, Background Key Designers, Color Stylists, Layout Artists, Production Designers, Storyboard Artists and Character Designers are eligible for an award in this category. The Emmy┬« awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation were presented to Sandra Equihua, Character Designer for “El Tigre” for the episode “Enter the Cuervo,” Bob Boyle, Production Designer for “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy” and Peter Ferk, Storyboard Artist for “Growing Up Creepie” for the episode “Creepie Friday.”” “Growing Up Creepie” airs on Discovery Kids and is produced by Mike Young Productions, Inc. El Tigre and “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy” air on Nickelodeon.

The New Approaches categories emphasize innovative production techniques and the use of media enhancement to support content. With emerging and converging technologies, and multi-platform distribution capabilities, the National Television Academy recognizes that the medium is changing and that content is available in many forms. Entries can be both broadcast and broadband, but the common denominator is quality. The two new categories awarded this year are New Approaches – Daytime Entertainment and New Approaches – Daytime Children’s Entertainment.

KIDS FIRST! congratulated the kids’ programming winners, including:

Children’s Animated Program: “Curious George” (PBS)
Special Class Animated Program: “The Backyardigans” (Nick Jr.)
Single Camera Photography (Film or Electronic): “DragonflyTV” (PBS)
Directing in a Children’s Series: “Design Squad” (PBS)
Directing in an Animated Program: “Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks” (PBS)
Special Class Directing: “Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade 2007” (ABC)
Single Camera Editing: “DragonflyTV” (PBS)
Music Direction and Composing: “The Wonder Pets!” (Nick Jr)
Original Song, Children’s and Animation: “Fetch with Ruff Ruffman Theme Song,” by Terry Tompkins, Roc Gagliese, Steve D’Angelo and Glen Berger for “Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman” (PBS)Performer in a Children’s Series: Bindi Irwin in “Bindi the Jungle Girl” (Discovery Kids)Performer in an Animated Program: Eartha Kitt in “Disney’s The Emperor’s New School” (Disney Channel)
Pre-School Children’s Series: “Sesame Street” (PBS)
Children’s Series: “Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye” (Discovery Channel) and “Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild” (Syndicated)
Special Class Special: “America’s Invisible Children” (The CW)Sound Editing, Live Action and Animation: “The Batman” (Kids WB)
Sound Mixing: “The Batman” (Kids WB)
Writing in a Children’s Series: “Between the Lions” (PBS)Writing in Animation: “Peep and the Big Wide World” (PBS) and “Wordgirl” (PBS)
New Approaches — Daytime Children’s: “I Got a Rocket,” Kabillion
Animation: “El Tigre” (Nickelodeon): “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy” (Nickelodeon); and “Growing Up Creepy” (Discovery Kids)
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