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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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Odd Squad, hits movie theatres this summer; Season 2 premieres on TVO

From a media release:

This July, TVO and Sinking Ship Entertainment have joined with Cineplex Entertainment to bring Odd Squad: The Movie to theatres across Canada. A live-action educational series, Odd Squad features kid agents who solve math-related mysteries CSI-style. This is the first film for the award-winning series, designed to help kids aged 5 to 8 build their math, problem-solving, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) skills.

Odd Squad: The Movie jumps off from the Season 1 finale, with agents Olive and Otto joining forces to defeat Odd Todd, a former agent turned villain. When the two leave to run their own squad, two new agents, Olympia and Otis, take their place. In the movie, Olympia and Otis are rivaled by a group of grown-ups, Weird Team, who are led by Weird Tom, played by 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer. Armed with their wits, math abilities, and problem-solving skills, Olympia and Otis devise a plan to take back what’s theirs.

Odd Squad: The Movie will play in 90 theatres across Canada on Saturday, July 16 at 11 am and is part of Cineplex’s Family Favourites program. Tickets are available at cineplex.com.

Leading up to the film’s release, Odd Squad: Season 2 premieres on TVO beginning on Tuesday, June 21 at 4:55 pm. Season 2 features more creatures, gadgets, and odd occurrences to investigate, and agents Olympia and Otis, who are ready to solve the case. With math concepts embedded in each of their assignments, the agents problem-solve together and use their STEAM skills to set things right. Throughout the summer, episodes of Odd Squad: Season 2 will air on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:55 pm and repeat Saturdays and Sundays at 9:15 amOdd Squad: Season 2 will also be available on tvokids.com and on TVOKids’ YouTube channel.

The release of Odd Squad: The Movie and Odd Squad: Season 2 are part of TVOKids’ Summer of Odd. Kids can stay entertained while learning throughout the summer months, with new episodes of popular children’s series airing in new time slots. TVOKids’ full summer schedule is available on tvokids.com.

Odd Squad is produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment in association with TVO.

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Link: Local television director nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards

From The Chronicle Herald:

Local television director nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards
Stephen Reynolds has worked hard to stay relevant in the ever-changing film industry in Canada, and his efforts have paid off with a Daytime Emmy nomination.

Reynolds and company Sinking Ship are behind Odd Squad, the hit PBS show that racked up nine Daytime Emmy Award nominations this year. Continue reading.

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Preview: TVO’s kooky, crazy Odd Squad adds up to fun

Call them CSI: Kids. Or maybe Children in Black. Meet the Odd Squad, TVO’s latest kids series designed to educate as well as entertain. The team, consisting of agents with names all starting with the letter “o,” investigate math mysteries in their small town.

Wednesday’s first case? “Zero Effect,” which finds partners Otto (Filip Geljo) and Olive (Dalila Bela) reporting to their boss, Ms. O (Millie Davis), after an art installation of 1,000 pieces of chewed-up bubble gum is reduced to just one piece. After zipping through clear tubes from Odd Squad’s super-secret headquarters and into the town, they learn friend Polly has lost a zero off the 50 cent price of the hot chocolate she’s selling, cutting into her profits. Using math–and super-cool CGI–Olive explains how taking away zeroes affects numbers using tenths, hundredths and thousandths.

Turns out the lack of zeroes is due to a suspected Number Hog that is unwittingly consuming the digits from the world. The Odd Squad urgently tries to figure out who–or what–is doing it because Otto’s birthday is tomorrow and he’s supposed to turn 10. If they don’t stop the Hog in time he’ll lose that zero and turn back into a baby.

Created Tim McKeon (Adventure Time) and Adam Peltzman (The Backyardigans), each half-hour episode of the Toronto-shot Odd Squad is geared towards kids in Grades 1 and 2 and aims to strengthen math skills. It certainly does that but–unlike some math classes–has fun doing it. The agents are smart and sassy (Ms. O is an over-the-top hoot) and HQ is a riot of colours, sounds and interesting beasts. Floating monster fish, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, super-cool climbing wall and … wait for it … a unicorn all call the joint home.

Odd Squad debuts Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET on TVO. It then airs Mondays at 5:30 p.m. ET and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. ET on TVO.

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