Kidscreen Awards shortlist release

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Winners to be revealed at a gala event on February 9 during Kidscreen Summit 2016 in Miami

Toronto, November 24, 2015: Kidscreen, host of the global kids television industry’s leading awards for excellence, is delighted to announce the shortlisted entries that will be continuing in the competition through a final round of judging.

The nominees in the Programming Categories are:


Best New Series

Hey Duggee (Studio AKA)

PJ Masks (Frog Box, Entertainment One UK, France Television, Disney Junior, CNC, Rhôdes-Alpes Region, Procirep, Angoa)

Puffin Rock (Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears, Penguin Children’s Books)

Best Animated Series

Clangers (Coolabi/Sprout/CBeebies/Factory)

Peg + Cat (The Fred Rogers Company, 9 Story Entertainment)

Puffin Rock (Cartoon Saloon, Dog Ears, Penguin Children’s Books)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series

Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures (Sinking Ship Entertainment)

Hi Opie! (marblemedia in association with TVO and The Jim Henson Company)
Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie

Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots (Entertainment One, Astley Baker Davies)

Ruby’s Studio: The Siblings Show (The Mother Company)

Sesame Street: The Cookie Thief (Sesame Workshop)


Best New Series

The Adventures of Puss in Boots (DreamWorks Animation Television, Netflix)

All Hail King Julien (DreamWorks Animation Television, Netflix)

We Bare Bears (Cartoon Network Studios)

Best Animated Series

All Hail King Julien (DreamWorks Animation Television, Netflix)

The New Adventures of Figaro Pho (Chocolate Liberation Front, Luma Toons)

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network Studios)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series

Hank Zipzer (Kindle Entertainment, DHX Media, Walker Productions, Screen Yorkshire)

Horrible Histories (Lion Television)
Odd Squad (The Fred Rogers Company, Sinking Ship Entertainment)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie

Monster Beach (Bogan Entertainment Solutions)

Monster High: Freaky Fusion (Mattel Playground Productions)

Ten Pieces (Somethin’ Else, BBC Music)


Best New Series

Dragons: Race to the Edge (DreamWorks Animation Television, Netflix)

Hetty Feather (CBBC In-House Productions)

Wild But True (Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Beyond Screen Productions)

Best Animated Series

Dragons: Race to the Edge (DreamWorks Animation Television, Netflix)

Bob’s Burgers (Bento Box Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Television)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series

4 O’Clock Club Series 4 (CBBC In-House Productions)

Nowhere Boys Series 2 (Matchbox Pictures)
Trio: Cybergold (Nordicstories, Fabelaktiv)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie

Lost Treasure Hunt (Argosy Film Group)

Pirate’s Passage (Mahon Pictures)

These shortlisted entries will be reviewed and assessed by a fresh panel of judges, including the following execs: Andy Yeatman (Netflix), Emily Hart (Disney Junior), Tara Sorensen (Amazon Studios), Jamie Piekarz (Corus Kids), Jennifer Dodge (Nickelodeon), Alison Stewart (BBC Children’s), Andrew Thomas (Hulu) and Deirdre Brennan (ABC Australia).
The nominees in the Broadcasting Categories are:

Channel of the Year

Cartoon Network (US)



Best Channel Design

Best Programming Block
Sunny Side Up (Sprout)

Gulli Good (Gulli)

Best Channel Website
Channel One News (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


Tiny Pop (CSC Media Group, part of Sony Pictures Television)
Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team
Louis-Philippe Deslauriers, Alexandra Janvier and Josée Leblanc (Groupe Média TFO)

Channel One News—Azia Celestino, Tom Hanson, Arielle Hixson Keith Kocinski, Demetrius Pipkin and Maggie Rulli (Houghton Miffin Harcourt)


Kidscreen‘s readers will now be invited to review these shortlisted entries, and vote for their favorite in each category. Their votes will determine the final winners

The nominees in the Digital Categories are:


Best eBook
Disney Story Central (Disney Publishing Worldwide)

Little Emily (Ever After Tales)

My Little Pony: Twilight’s Kingdom Storybook Deluxe (PlayDate Digital)

Best Game App—Smartphone

Monkey See Monkey Dance (Smartoonz Entertainment)

Sesame Street Video Maker (Sesame Workshop, IDEO Toy Lab)

Best Game App—Tablet

My Very Hungry Caterpillar (StoryToys)

Peppa Pig: Golden Boots (Entertainment One and Kids Industries)

Sesame Street Art Maker (Sesame Workshop)

Best Learning App—Smartphone

Blaze and the Monster Machines (Nickelodeon Digital/CHEWY)

Sesame Street—Let’s Get Ready! (Sesame Workshop)

Sunny’s Hootenanny (Loudcrow Interactive/Twofold Films)

Best Learning App—Tablet

Elmo’s Animals: A Sesame Street S’More App (Sesame Workshop)

Mickey’s Magical Math World by Disney Imagicademy (Disney Publishing Worldwide)

Tiggly Tales (Tiggly)

Best Streaming Video Platform

Hopster (Hopster)

Nick Jr. (Nickelodeon Digital)

PlayKids (Movile)

Best Web/App Series 

The Adventures of Annie & Ben (HooplaKidz)

Fanny Foozle (Aether Entertainment, Cosmic Toast Studios)

Lalaloopsy Kitchen (MGA Entertainment)

Best Website Early Learning Academy (Age of Learning) (Nickelodeon Digital)

Peep and the Big Wide World/El Mundo Divertido de Peep (WGBH Educational Foundation)


Best Game App—Smartphone

Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games (Cartoon Network Digital)

Crayola Color Alive! (DAQRI)

Mix+Smash: Marvel Super Hero Mashers (Disney Publishing Worldwide)

Best Game App—Tablet

Adventure Time Game Wizard (Cartoon Network Digital)

Toca Life: City (Toca Boca)

Weirdwood Manor (All Play, No Work)

Best Learning App—Smartphone

The Centsables Dash for Cash (DNA Creative)

Plum’s Creaturizer (WGBH)

Safari Tales (Kuato Studios)

Best Learning App—Tablet

The Foos Coding 5+ (codeSpark)

Weirdwood Manor (All Play, No Work)

Zoombinis (TERC and FableVision Studios)

Best Streaming Video Platform

Cartoon Network app (Cartoon Network Digital) (Nickelodeon Digital)

Toon Goggles (Toon Goggles)

Best Web/App Series

Life Hacks for Kids (DreamWorksTV)

Talking Tom and Friends: The Animated Series (Outfit7 Limited, arx anima Animation Studio)

Wonder Quest (Maker Studios)

Best Website

Design Squad (WGBH Educational Foundation)

The Next Step: Make a Scene (Secret Location/DHX Media/Temple Street Productions/Bell Fund) (Nickelodeon Digital)

These shortlisted entries will now be reviewed and assessed by panels of professional judges, including the following execs: Rachel Bardel (CBeebies Interactive), Sara Berliner (Night & Day Studios), Noemie Dupuy (Budge Studios), Matthew Evans (Nickelodeon), Robin Raskin (Living in Digital Times), Josephine Tsay (GlassLab Games), Amy Kraft (Monkey Bar Collective) and Anne Richards (Cracking Wise Interactive).     

All Kidscreen Awards winners will be announced and celebrated at a special presentation event and after-party during Kidscreen Summit, on the evening of Tuesday, February 9. Kidscreen Summit delegates are invited to attend as part of their event registration, and tickets for just the Kidscreen Awards evening can be purchased for US$150 by contacting Kidscreen Events Sales Manager Joel Pinto (416-408-2300 x650 or

Additional details about the Kidscreen Awards, including categories, eligibility, judging and entry process, can be found at

For further information, please contact:

Janet Balmforth at DDA Blueprint PR

Tel: +44 (0) 20 8868 0511  EMail:

Notes to editors:

Kidscreen Summit 2016, which takes place from February 8 to 11 at the InterContinental Miami, offers an unparalleled opportunity to keep abreast of important issues and trends in the fast-moving international kids entertainment industry, generate business and revenue opportunities, and network with leading decision-makers.

Last year, Kidscreen Summit welcomed more than 1,700 attendees, representing 1,000+ companies from 54 countries around the world. And more than 450 buyers and investors were at the event looking for new content and partners. More information about Kidscreen Summit 2016 is available at


48 Hours of Joseph Campbell Lectures Free Online: The Power of Myth & Storytelling


If you’ve ever dabbled in writing stories and done even a tiny bit of research the name Joseph Campbell is bound to pop up early in your search. Best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion Mr. Campbell is ubiquitous with modern storytelling and writing and his work covers many aspects of the human experience including even the most recent Star Wars movie coming out soon.

“From the Star Wars trilogy to the Grateful Dead,” says the Joseph Campbell Foundation, “Joseph Campbell has had a profound impact on our culture, our beliefs, and the way we view ourselves and the world.” This collection, The Lectures of Joseph Campbell, which comes from early in his career, offers “a glimpse into one of the great minds of our time, drawing together his most wide-ranging and insightful talks” in the role of both “a scholar and a master storyteller.” So not only can Campbell enrich our understanding of all the stories we love, he can spin his lifetime of mythological research into teachings that, in the telling, weave into a pretty gripping yarn in and of themselves.

Well now you can listen to a large collection of almost 48 hours of lectures via a playlist on Spotify that Mr. Campbell did over the years which covers a large part of his teachings thanks to Open Culture.



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Best-in-class concepts from Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, India and China will be pitched live to buyers

TORONTO, CANADA –November 19, 2015: Kidscreen is thrilled to announce the 23 animation concepts that have been selected for the 2015 Asian Animation Summit showcase. Representing the very best kids animated TV development work across Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, India and China, these projects will be presented live at the event to an audience of broadcasters, co-producers, distributors and investors from Asia and the international marketplace.

Animon Race                                                     Lunchbox Studio (Thailand)
Bloody Bunny                                                   
2Spot Communications (Thailand)
Buck and Buddy                                               
Lil Critter Workshop (Malaysia)
Cliol The Story Teller                                    
ATAPY (Thailand)
Ditto with Dinosaur Friends                       
Mansi_Beijing Audio Visual Creative Company (China)
Giggle Garage (Malaysia)
Grafizix (Korea)
GOGO DINO                                                      
Studio Moggozi (Korea)
J For Adventure                                                              
August Media/Transmedia For Change (Singapore/Australia)
FunnyFlux Entertainment (Korea)
Maya & the Marinauts                                 
The R&D Studio (Malaysia)
Modoo Modoo Show                                    
PNI System (Malaysia)
Mondo Yan                                                       
Toonz Animation (India)
Naughty Nuts                                                   
Rocky Dollies                                                    
Rocky Dolly Studio (Thailand)
Shasha & Noah go to SuSu Land               
YG Films (Malaysia)
Space Drone                                                     
Pictionary Art Factory (Korea)
Spongo & Fuzz                                                
Cheeky Little Media (Australia)
Takraw Super Kick                                           Moon House Studio (Thailand)
The Time-Travel Adventures                     
YoBoHo (India)
of Annie & Ben
Tony Jetskate                                                   
Blindspot Studios (Malaysia)
Playtune (Malaysia)
Hosted by KOCCA (Korea), the 2015 Asian Animation Summit is owned and produced by Kidscreen, in concert with presenting partners SIPA and DITP (Thailand), MDeC and MCMC (Malaysia) and supporting partner Screen Australia, with a mandate to facilitate international financing and co-production connections for projects from the Asian region.

This year’s event is set to take place in Jeju, South Korea from December 7 to 9—optimal timing for those who are also attending Asia Television Forum in Singapore the previous week (December 2 to 4).

Over the course of the three-day event, each project will be presented in a moderated live pitch and Q&A format, with plenty of time for follow-up meetings and casual networking built into the schedule.

There will also be an informative conference session at the start of each day, touching on topics that are highly relevant to Asian animation producers. They are as follows:

The Rules of Engagement

Asian app maker Dr Panda’s kids games have racked up more than 40 million downloads to date. In this session, we’ll dig into the DNA of these games to find out what makes them such a popular entertainment choice with kids and parents alike.
Bosma Thijs, CEO, Dr Panda 

Shifting Your Pitch

Pinpoint the unique content requirements global buyers like Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Netflix are looking for, and then find out how to customize your project pitch to tick each one’s boxes.


Frank Falcone, President & Creative Director, Guru Studio


Superwings Case Study: An East meets West success story

Exploring the perspectives of creator and US broadcaster on why Superwings works for an international audience.

Andrew Beecham, SVP of Programming, Sprout

Jung Jin Hong, Producer, FunnyFlux Entertainment


Project images are available upon request.

For further details, please contact:
Janet Balmforth/Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR

Tel: +44 (0) 208 868 0511 Email:






















10 Rare And Never-Before-Seen Comics By “Peanuts” Genius Charles Schulz


Fastco Design has some unique drawings from Charles Schultz up that have never been seen before which are all part of an upcoming book release. Check it out and more drawings on the site!

Since Charles M. Schulz debuted the first Peanuts comic strip in 1950, millions of people have welcomed Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole gang into their hearts. The illustrator died in 2000, but his work lives on through syndication of some of the 17,897 strips that are reprinted in newspapers across the country, in a new 3-D animated movie released November 6, and in an exhibition celebrating Peanuts‘s 65th anniversary this year. Only What’s Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts, a new book from Abrams, chronicles his epic career, and includes everything from his first comic to never-before-seen illustrations.

Animation House Film Roman Bought By Waterman Entertainment


Animation House Film Roman Bought By Waterman Entertainment

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting (as they are wont to do) that Waterman Entertainment, the animation and live-action production company, has acquired the Burbank-based animation company Film Roman from Starz, it was announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Film Roman is one of the defining names in animated content,” Waterman said in announcing the acquisition.  “Their track record is unparalleled and their team’s passion for executing top-shelf animation is evident in every frame they’ve created. Once it became clear how thoroughly our companies’ assets complemented each other, this deal was almost a foregone conclusion.

Dana Booton, who has been serving as Film Roman’s general manager, has been promoted to president of production. She will continue to oversee the company’s day-to-day business while also managing development and co-productions. Phil Roman, who founded Film Roman in 1984, is returning in the role of chairman emeritus and has been working with Booton and Waterman founder Steve Waterman.

You can read the entire article here.