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TVOKids receives critical acclaim with nominations from the Youth Media Alliance and Daytime Emmys

From a media release:

TVO’s leadership in digital learning was further recognized last week with 12 nominations for the 2017 Youth Media Alliance (YMA) Awards of Excellence, and a record-setting 23 nominations for the Daytime Emmy® Awards – the most TVO has ever earned for its children’s content by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Among the nominations was an important recognition by the YMA for TVO mPower in the category of Best Original Interactive Content. mPower is a new, creative online game that helps build foundational K-6 math skills for students in the classroom. All of TVO’s nominations serve as a strong acknowledgement of TVOKids’ exciting and innovative kids content that reflects the Ontario school curriculum.

The Daytime Emmy® Awards will be held on April 30. The 2017 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence gala will take place on May 31.

The complete list of nominations is below. All nominated programs can be viewed on demand at tvokids.com and on the TVOKids YouTube channel. mPower is available to educators at tvo.org/mPower.

Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence nominations

  • Hi Opie! (Opie’s Ladybug Friend) Best Program, Live Action, Ages 3–5
  • PAW Patrol (Tracker Joins the Pups!) Best Program, Animation, Ages 3–5
  • Annedroids (The Mother of Invention) – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9
  • Odd Squad: The Movie – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9
  • The Mystery Files (The Mystery of the Underground Railroad) – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9
  • Wild Kratts, Season 4 (Pangolin Rescue) Best Program, Animation, Ages 6–9
  • Giver (Amherstberg Sports Park) Best Program, Live Action, Ages 9 +
  • mathXplosion Best Original Digital Content
  • mPower – Best Original Interactive Content
  • Science Max Interactive – Best Original Interactive Content
  • Look Kool Online Best Cross-platform Interactive Content
  • Opie’s Playground Best Cross-platform Interactive Content

Daytime Emmy® nominations

  • Dino Dan: Trek’s Adventures
    • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
    • Outstanding Directing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program
  • Odd Squad
    • Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series
    • Outstanding Interactive – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series
    • Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Isaac Kargten as Otis; Jack McBrayer as Weird Tom)
    • Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program
    • Outstanding Writing Special Class
    • Outstanding Directing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program
    • Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design
    • Outstanding Single Camera Editing
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action
    • Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action
    • Outstanding Costume Design/Styling
    • Outstanding Hairstyling
    • Outstanding Makeup
  • Odd Squad: The Movie
    • Outstanding Directing Special Class
  • Annedroids
    • Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Series
    • Outstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Adrianna Di Liello as Shania; Addison Holley as Anne)
    • Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program
    • Outstanding Sound Mixing – Live Action
    • Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action
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Unlimited Media’s Mainframe Studios and Corus begin production on Reboot: The Guardian Code

From a media release:

WOW! Unlimited Media’s Mainframe Studios and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that production is underway in Victoria/Vancouver, B.C. on the live-action elements of ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a 20×22 minute live-action/CG-animated hybrid television series. This next phase of production reimagines the original 1994 animated classic, ReBoot, in a real life setting for modern, tech savvy audiences. Created by Michael Hefferon, the show follows four teenagers who discover that they’ve been selected to become the Next-Generation Guardians of cyberspace. ReBoot: The Guardian Code will premiere in Canada in 2018 on YTV.

After playing the multiplayer Cyber Guardians video game together, four teenagers are recruited by V.E.R.A (Hannah Vandenbygaart, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!), the Virtual Evolutionary Recombinant Avatar, to fulfill their mandate to mend and defend cyberspace. Austin (Ty Wood, The Haunting in Connecticut), Tamra (Sydney Scotia, Some Assembly Required), Parker (Ajay Parikh-Friese, Mr. Young), and Trey (Gabriel Darku, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) now must protect cyberspace from threats that pose true consequences to both the virtual and real world. It’s more than these kids expected when they started at Alan Turing High. Way more.

ReBoot: The Guardian Code intercuts live-action scenes with awe-inspiring CG animation produced with the Unreal game engine, showing how the real world and cyberspace are interconnected.

This innovative series will also deliver true 360-degree engagement experiences for audiences with interactive mobile games, a digital trading card game that syncs with the broadcast of the series, and a Virtual Reality experience that puts fans right in the middle of the cyberspace action. More details to be announced at a later date.

ReBoot: The Guardian Code is produced by Mainframe Studios in association with Corus Entertainment, with Executive Producer/Producer Michael Hefferon, Executive Producer/Showrunner Larry Raskin, and Matt Sheppo, the Production Executive for Corus.

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Student Bodies turns 20 … is a reunion on the way?

It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since Student Bodies hit the airwaves. And yet here we are, with star Ross Hull taking to Facebook to not only celebrate but to hint fans could help bring the cast together for a reunion.

The below video looks back on those innocent times, when cell phones were big, problems were small, the school newspaper was a comic book and Green Day’s “(Good Riddance) Time of Your Life” was the soundtrack to life. Now Hull is asking fans to head to the show’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for support in hopes a reunion project can happen.

Created by Alan Silberberg, Judy Spencer and Michael Klinghoffer, Student Bodies aired on Global and YTV in Canada as it showcased the lives of students at the fictional Thomas A. Edison High School. It ran for three seasons and—aside from Hull—starred Nicole Lyn, Katie Emme McIninch, Miklos Perlus, Jessica Goldapple, Mark Taylor, Jamie Elman, Victoria Sanchez, Dino Valiotis, Erin Simms, Jennifer Finnigan and Katheryn Winnick.

What do you remember about Student Bodies? Who were your favourite characters? Do you want to see a reunion happen? Comment below!

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Link: An animated chat with Ken Cuperus, creator of YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic

From Robert Ballantyne of Pop Journalism:

Link: An animated chat with Ken Cuperus, creator of YTV’s The Stanley Dynamic
“But the advice I would give is to just keep writing, and just keep making relationships with other writers, producers, directors, anybody working in the business. It is not easy to get that first contract — it took me several years of trying — but perseverance pays off. It’s a marathon, not a 100-meter dash.” Continue reading.

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Link: Sinking Ship and Corus developing comedy series

From Sara Alessi of WorldScreen:

Link: Sinking Ship and Corus developing comedy series
Sinking Ship Entertainment and Corus Entertainment have entered into a development deal for the comedy series 4Player.

Created by Vivieno Caldinelli and Mark De Angelis, 4Player is a single-camera sitcom for kids ages 8 to 12. It follows a rag-tag group of teenage gamers who are great at video games but are “all thumbs” when it comes to everything else in life. Continue reading.

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