‘Tumble Leaf’ Leads Animated Daytime Emmy Creative Winners

On Saturday night, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented the 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at a gala ceremony held in the California Ballroom of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to prolific voice actor Frank Welker, best known as the voice of Megatron in Transformers and as Fred Jones in Scooby-Doo. (Also appearing onstage as presented were Bob Bergen, the voice of Porky Pig, and Reid Scott of Turbo FAST.) It was an sparkling night for animation all in all, with the winners representing the diversity of stories and styles on today’s screens.

Amazon Studios breakout stop-motion hit Tumble Leaf eked out the highest number of wins for an individual series, taking the top Preschool Animated Program prize as well as awards for Directing and Individual Achievement. Nickelodeon’s Peter Rabbit, Peg + Cat from PBS and Netflix’s All Hail King Julien claimed two awards each.

By studio, DreamWorks Animation Television was the clear leader, earning five awards for its popular Netflix original series The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, All Hail King Julien and Dragons: Race to the Edge.

A select list of key winners follows:

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series
Sesame Street – PBS
Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente, Supervising Prod. Nadine Zylstra, Senior Prod. Benjamin Lehmann, Coordinating Prod. April Coleman, Producer Mindy Fila, Line Prod. Stephanie Longardo

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
Tumble Leaf – Amazon
Executive Prods. Kelli Bixler and Drew Hodges, Co-Executive Prods. Carin Greenberg, Alice Wilder and Ed. D.; Prods. Jodi Downs and Sarah Serata; Line Prod. Matthew Cuny

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program
Peter Rabbit – Nickelodeon
Executive Prods. Cathal Gaffney, Darragh O’Connell, Paula Rosenthal; Co-Executive Prods. Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler; Supervising Prod. Olexa W. Hewryk; Senior Prod. Sarah Blondine Mullervy; Prods. Gillian Higgins, Karen Ialacci, Erik Vignau; Line Prod. Rachel Simon; Executive Prod. (Silvergate) Mary Durkan; Executive Prods. (Frederick Warne) Ronnie Fairweather, Francesca Dow

Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program
Jeff Bennett as Mayor Luskey
Transformers Rescue Bots – Discovery Family

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special
Ania O’Hare
The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Netflix

Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation
CHARACTER DESIGNER: Chad Weatherford, Dinotrux – Netflix
STORYBOARD ARTIST: Benjamin Sanders, Peter Rabbit – Nickelodeon
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Mike Houston, The Mind of a Chef – PBS
SUPERVISING ANIMATOR: Michael Granberry, Tumble Leaf – Amazon

Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program
Peg + Cat – PBS
Head Writer Billy Lopez, Writers Billy Aronson, David Steven Cohen, Kevin Del Aguila, Dustin Ferrer, Qui Nguyen, Jennifer Oxley

Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program
All Hail King Julien – Netflix
Writer/Producer Mitch Watson, Story Editor Michael Ryan, Writers Sharon Flynn, Elliott Owen

Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program
Tumble Leaf – Amazon
Director Drew Hodges

Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design
The Mind of a Chef – PBS
Art Director Daniel de Graaf, Design & Graphics Director Adam Lupsha, Lead Artist Mike Houston

Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Nickelodeon
Production Mixers Justin Brinsfield, Matt Corey, Manny Grijalva; Re-Recording Mixer DJ Lynch; SFX Mixer Jeff Shiffman

Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation
Dragons: Race to the Edge – Netflix
Supervising Sound Editor Otis Van Osten, Sound Editor Joshua Aaron Johnson, Foley Supervisor Roger Pallan, Dialog Editor Jason Oliver

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition
Peg + Cat – PBS
Music Supervisor Steven Rebollido, Music Director J. Walter Hawkes, Composers Martin Erskine, D.D. Jackson

Outstanding Original Song
“True Bromance” Frederik Wiedmann (Composer), Mitch Watson (Lyricist)
All Hail King Julien – Netflix

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