NATAS Announces Individual Achievement in Animation Winners for 1st Children’s & Family Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the winners in the category of Individual Achievement  in Animation for the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards in advance of the awards ceremonies scheduled for December 10 and 11.

With more than 3,000 entries, the Children’s & Family Emmys is the largest NATAS-administered competition of all time, and the Individual Achievement in Animation category was no exception, with a record number of submissions.

The category is unique in its judging process: Panels of expert animation peers evaluate the work of talented individual artists and animators, with submissions drawn from a single episode of a series or a special. Judges view and evaluate original artwork, video and other documentation from the disciplines of Background, Character Animation, Character Design, Color, Production Design and Storyboard. They consequently convene to discuss the detail and finer points of each submission in order to determine winners.

“Members of the Television Academy Animation peer group brought particular dedication, working long and tirelessly to bring their experience and expertise to this exhaustive but wonderful judging process. They were impressed with the submissions, and are thrilled to see a continued high quality of work originating from this industry,” said Brent Stanton, Head of the Children’s and Family Emmys.

The seven winners chosen are:

Chris Tsirgiotis, Background Designer
Kid Cosmic, Netflix

Ron Tolentino Velasco, Character Designer
Monsters at Work, Disney+

Craig McCracken, Character Designer
Kid Cosmic, Netflix

Ivan Aguirre, Background Painter
The Cuphead Show!, Netflix

Alex Konstad, Visual Development Artist
Maya and the Three, Netflix

Alessandro Taini, Production Designer
Star Trek: Prodigy, Paramount+

Benjamin Arcand, Storyboard Artist
SpongeBob’s Road to Christmas, Nickelodeon

Children's & Family Emmys

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremony on Sunday, December 11 will be hosted by Jack McBrayer, who is nominated for a Children’s & Family Emmy for Outstanding Host for his work on the Apple TV+ series Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show.

JoJo Siwa, who is nominated for Outstanding Choreography for Peacock’s Siwa’s Dance Pop Revolution, will host the Children’s & Family Creative Arts Emmy ceremony on Saturday, December 10. Both ceremonies will take place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.

You can find the previously announced Children’s & Family Emmy nominees in key animation categories here.

The Children’s & Family Emmy ceremonies will be streamed live on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys apps for iOS, tvOS, Android, FireTV, and Roku (full list at



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