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Digital Series Win Big at Daytime Emmy Awards

Amazon’s stop-motion series ‘Tumble Leaf’ receives five Emmys, including outstanding preschool children’s animated program; Netflix wins three awards for DreamWorks Animation’s ‘All Hail King Julien,’ and Moonbot’s collaboration with Dolby, ‘Silent,’ garners two awards for YouTube.

Amazon’s original stop-motion preschool series ‘Tumble Leaf’ wins five Daytime Creative Arts Emmys, including Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Program and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.

Los Angeles, CA -- The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at a gala held for over 1,200 attendees at the Universal Hilton, in Los Angeles, CA.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the 2014 calendar year.

PBS once again led in the children’s categories at the 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 17 wins, while streaming video platforms Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and YouTube also scored multiple wins across a number of animation categories.

Amazon’s stop-motion series Tumble Leaf, produced by Bix Pix Entertainment, matched perennial winner Sesame Street with five awards, including the outstanding preschool children’s animated program Emmy.

“We are thrilled with the amazing recognition the Television Academy has given Tumble Leaf and extremely grateful!” commented series creators Kelli Bixler and Drew Hodges. “It was our intent to create something beautiful and worthy of every four-year-old, because we remember when we were four and watching what we watched inspired us and we should all be so inspired.  To be children again -- curious, thrilled, invested- isn’t that’s what it’s all about?!”

“We are thrilled the Television Academy has recognized Tumble Leaf and are proud to be working with the Bix Pix team,” said Amazon Studios head of kids programming Tara Sorensen. “It’s an innovative series in the kids space that combines stunning visuals with a unique curriculum and a call for kids and families to go outside and play to learn.”

Friday night’s ceremony from L.A. also saw Netflix pick up four awards, including three for DreamWorks Animation Television’s All Hail King Julien, which won Emmys for outstanding children’s animated program, outstanding performer (Danny Jacobs as King Julien) in an animated program, and outstanding casting for an animated series or special, won by Ania O’Hare.

Online platform YouTube garnered two wins for its Dolby and Moonbot Studios’ co-produced short film Silent.

“I am truly in awe of the collective talent and tenacity that thrives within Moonbot Studios,” Trish Farnsworth-Smith, head of production at Moonbot, said about the wins. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with our incredible collaborators at Dolby and CAA.”

Among traditional broadcasters, Nickelodeon programs received six awards in total, including a win by Sinking Ship-produced series Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures for outstanding preschool children’s series, and two for Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness for outstanding sound editing and mixing for an animated program.

Other notable wins for PBS included The Fred Rogers Company’s Odd Squad (co-produced with Sinking Ship) with two Emmys, and Peg + Cat (co-produced with 9 Story Media Group) with the award for outstanding writing in a preschool animated program.

Discovery Family Channel chalked up three wins, all by R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series, and Disney Junior received two awards, including outstanding music direction and composition for Sofia the First.

Here are some of the key children’s categories wins:

Outstanding Children’s Animated Program
All Hail King Julien (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Series
R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour The Series (Discovery Family Channel)

Outstanding Children’s Preschool Animated Series
Tumbleaf (Amazon Instant Video)

Outstanding Children’s Preschool Series
Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Silent (

Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program
Danny Jacobs as King Julien, All Hail King Julien (Netflix)

Outstanding Writing In A Preschool Animated Program
Peg + Cat (PBS)

Outstanding Writing In An Animated Program
WordGirl (PBS)

Outstanding Original Song – Main Title and Promo
Dora and Friends: Into The City! Theme Song, Dora and Friends: Into The City! (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Writing In a Children’s Series
Sesame Street (PBS)

Visit for a full list of the winners.

Source: National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.