Youth Media Alliance 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners Revealed

Youth Media Alliance
Youth Media Alliance

Canada’s Youth Media Alliance presented its 2017 Awards of Excellence to deserving kids’ content creators at a “fancy”-themed gala at CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Wednesday. The evening was hosted by Studio K stars Tony Kim, Janaye Upshaw and Victor Verbitsky — joined by puppet pals Gary the Unicorn and Mr. Orlando. The gala was scripted by Carly Watt and directed by Aidan Cosgrave, and featured piano accompaniment by Lou Pomanti. A video will be posted to the YMA website.

Taking both the Grand Prize and Interactive Content award was The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor. Animation honors were awarded to preschool series Peg + Cat and kids’ show Fangbone! This year’s Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to DHX Media’s President & COO, Steven DeNure. And director Mars Horodyski — whose credits include DHX title The Next Step — received the Emerging Talent Award.

You can see the list of nominees here.

2017 YMA Awards of Excellence Winners:
Grand Prize for Best Production, All Categories: The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor
Produced by All Play, No Work, Relish Interactive
Jury’s note: A successful mix of elements makes the Grand Prize production outstanding. With beautiful animation, interactive features, readable content and strong storytelling, the app encourages writing, reading and critical thinking while entertaining the target audience. The jury was delighted and impressed with the original interactive production The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor.

Award of Excellence for Best Program, Live Action, Ages 3–5: The Adventures of Napkin Man “Bye Bye Boogaloo”
Produced by Breakthrough Entertainment, Little Airplane; aired on CBC Kids

Award of Excellence for Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9: Annedroids “The Mother of Invention”
Produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment; aired on TVO Kids, Amazon

Award of Excellence for Best Program, Live Action, Ages 9 +: Giver “Amherstberg Sports Park”
Produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment; aired on TVO Kids

Award of Excellence for Best Program, Animation, Ages 3–5: Peg + Cat, Season 2 “The Disappearing Art Problem”
Produced by 9 Story Media Group, The Fred Rogers Company, 9ate7 Productions; aired on YTV, Treehouse, PBS Kids

Award of Excellence for Best Program, Animation, Ages 6–9: Fangbone! “Cavity of Terror”/“The Sickness of Home”
Produced by Radical Sheep Productions, a division of Boat Rocker Media; aired on Family CHRD, Disney XD

Award of Excellence, Best Original Digital Content: mathXplosion
Produced by GAPC Entertainment, in association with TVO Kids and TFO

Award of Excellence, Best Original Interactive Content: The Incredible Tales of Weirdwood Manor
Produced by All Play, No Work, Relish Interactive

Award of Excellence, Best Cross-Platform Interactive Content: Dotopedia
Produced by Industrial Brothers

Outstanding Achievement Award: Steven DeNure is President and Chief Operating Officer of DHX Media, a company he co-founded in 2006. In a film and television career spanning more than three decades, he has produced numerous highly acclaimed and award-winning shows and films across multiple genres, including Inspector Gadget, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Degrassi, Yo Gabba Gabba, Super Why and the 2015 relaunch of Teletubbies. To further honour his contribution to the industry, the YMA Board is creating a grant in his name as a tribute to his entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and creativity. The grant will support an industry cause to be chosen by Mr. DeNure.

Emerging Talent Award: Award-winning director Mars Horodyski has over a decade of directing experience. His series credits include BBC/DHX’s The Next Step, PBS’s Odd Squad, the Amazon series Dino Dana, the web series Carmilla and CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

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