Previous Winners & Finalists

2016

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Preschool: Peg + Cat, The Moblee

Children: Bruno and Boots: Go Jump in the Pool, Snapshots

Youth/Family: Max & ShredSnowtime

Kate & Mim-Mim

Winner: Preschool (5 & under)

Production Company: DHX Media

Company Website: dhxmedia.com

Producers: Bob Higgins, Ken Faier, Asaph Fipke, Kirsten Newlands

Kate & Mim-Mim brings a world to life where the only limits are a little girl’s imagination. Kate is a feisty five-year-old who, together with her toy bunny best friend Mim-Mim, travels to a fantasy world, where Mim-Mim becomes a larger-than-life playmate! Whenever Kate has a problem, she twirls away to Mimiloo where they meet their friends and go on fun adventures, where she always discovers a clever solution to her puzzle!

“We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured for Kate & Mim-Mim to be awarded the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize. Kate & Mim-Mim brings a world to life where the only limits are a little girl’s imagination. At DHX, we strive to inspire and entertain kids so the fact that Canadian preschoolers voted for Kate & Mim-Mim makes us even prouder of this recognition. Thank you to our DHX teams and partners at FremantleMedia for developing and producing this amazing series. Thank you to the Shaw Rocket Fund for this recognition. And thank you to all our wonderful young fans who love Kate & Mim-Mim and voted for us.”
– Asaph Fipke, Chief Content Officer, DHX Studios and Executive Producer of Kate & Mim-Mim

From the Kids

“Mac already loves this show and now has colouring sheets and knows the fun games. Mac likes it because of the cute girl and cute animal friends.”
– Mac, 5, British Columbia

Fun Facts

  • There’s a real life Kate! The show was inspired by the creators’ daughter, her plush bunny and their imaginative adventures
  • Kate & Mim-Mim toys—including Mim-Mim plush!—are available at Toys”R”Us in Canada!
  • A very special episode called Kate in Oz will air on BBC Kids on Nov 12 at 9:30 a.m., and Knowledge Kids on Nov 11 at 12:30 p.m. Check your local broadcaster for air times!

Awards

2015 Leo Awards

NOMINATED

  • Best Animation Program or Series
  • Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series – “Teenie Geenie”
  • Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series – “Bunch o’ Boomers”
  • Best Musical Score in an Animation Program or Series – “Teenie Geenie”

2015 Youth Media Alliance Awards

NOMINATED

  • Best Television Program, Animation, Ages 3-5

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Peg + Cat

Production Company: 9 Story Media Group

Company Website: 9story.com

Executive Producers: Jennifer Oxley, Billy Aronson, Vince Commisso, Steven Jarosz, Kevin Morrison

Supervising Producers: Mason Rather, Tanya Green

Producer: Jaclynn Demas

Line Producers: Alia Nakashima, Jennifer Bradley

An animated preschool series that follows an adorable spirited little girl, Peg, and her sidekick, Cat, as they encounter unexpected problems that require fun and creative solutions. In order to solve the problems, Peg and her cat must add, subtract and apply basic arithmetic. Their adventures take them to historical far-away lands, art centers in bustling metropolises and the colourful cosmos, all the while demonstrating that it’s never too early to start learning the magic of numbers.

“9 Story is thrilled about our animated preschool series, Peg + Cat, being named as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize. It is an absolute honour to be nominated for this esteemed award, which recognizes the best in Canadian kids’ programming. And the entire Peg + Cat team, along with our production partners The Fred Rogers Company, and co-creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson, are exceptionally proud to be included amongst such an amazing selection of national talent.”
-Vince Commisso, President & CEO and Steve Jarosz, Executive Vice President, 9 Story Media Group

“Our mission with Peg + Cat is to make math cool for kids everywhere. The Shaw Rocket Prize would help us reach lots more families. And make us super proud!”
-Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson, Peg + Cat Co Creators

From the Kids

“Jase says “wow” and “so cool Mommy!” I love how he gets so involved with the characters on this show.”
– Jase, 3, Saskatchewan

In Season 2 Peg and Cat are back! With math-driven adventures that are even more adventurous. Peg and Cat’s Second Season includes SO MANY FIRSTS:

  • FIRST adventures on the Peg + Cat Express where Peg and Cat are engineers;
  • FIRST adventures at the Addison Hotel where Peg and Cat are bellhops, and the Art Museum where they’re guards, and Camp Niniwawa where they’re campers;
  • FIRST trip to Mexico for Peg and Cat’s FIRST adventure with the FIRST all-female mariachi band;
  • FIRST trip to New Orleans to jam with Billie Holiday in the Mardi Gras parade;
  • The story of how Baby Peg FIRST set eyes on a stray kitty and named him Cat. In the “Peg Meets Cat” special episode, Baby Peg also meets toddler Ramone, three pre-Teen tweens, and a pre-Pig piglet.

There are episodes that push the boundaries of animation:

  • Peg and Cat create clay versions of themselves that animate in “The Claymation Problem”;
  • They colour in their own backgrounds in “The Crayon Problem”;
  • They follow a bouncing ball throughout the universe in the wordless “Follow the Bouncing Ball”.

There are episodes that push social/emotional boundaries too:

  • Peg and Cat use sign language to communicate with non-hearing characters in “The Polka Dot Planet Problem”;
  • They deal with a friend’s unique family situation in “The Two Homes Problem”;
  • They bring food to a needy character in “The Eid al-Adha Problem”.

In Season Two of PEG + CAT our heroes solve Really Big Problems with some Really Big Stars:

  • Ballet super-star Misty Copeland plays herself in “The Dance Problem”;
  • Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter plays George Washington Carver in “The Peanut Problem”;
  • TV star Sandra Oh plays the President of the United States in “Peg and Cat Save the World”. In this hour-long TV-movie event that kicks off the season, Peg and Cat journey to Washington DC for a top-secret mission that spans the globe and involves a cast of hundreds!

Awards

Emmy Awards

  • 2016 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program – WINNER
  • 2016 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Music Direction and Composition – WINNER
  • 2016 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program – NOMINATION
  • 2016 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program- NOMINATION
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program – WINNER
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Pre – School Children’s Animated Program- NOMINATION
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding New Approaches – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or Series – NOMINATION
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design – NOMINATION
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Music Direction and Composition- NOMINATION
  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animation Program – WINNER
  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Hayley Faith Negrin as Peg – WINNER
  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Production Design – Jennifer Oxley – WINNER

Canadian Screen Awards

  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best Pre-School Program or Series – NOMINATION
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series – NOMINATION

Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards

  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Best Marketing Campaign for a TV Series – WINNER

EMIL

  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – EMIL 2015 – “The Beethoven Problem” – WINNER

Parents’ Choice Awards

  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Spring 2015 Television Ages: 3 – 5 years – WINNER
  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Spring 2014 Television Ages: 3 – 5 years – WINNER

Shaw Rocket Prize

  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Preschool (0-5) – FINALIST

Japan Prize

  • 2016 – PEG + CAT – Finalist in the Pre -school Category – NOMINATION

Kidscreen Awards

  • 2016 – PEG + CAT – Best Animated Series – NOMINATION
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best New Series – WINNER
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best Animated Series – WINNER
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best Voice Talent and Best Music – WINNER
  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best Music – WINNER

Rockie Awards (Banff World Media Festival)

  • 2014 – PEG + CAT – Best Pre-School – WINNER

YMA Awards

  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Best Television Program, Animation, Ages 3–5 – WINNER

Pixie Award

  • 2015 – PEG + CAT – Pixie Gold Award – WINNER

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The Moblees

Production Companies: Shaftesbury, Boulevard; in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ohmland Holdings and William Kohane

Company Website: shaftesbury.ca

Producers: Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Katherine Sandford, Katrina Walsh, Seth A. Goldstein, Amy Sprecher, William Kohane, Laurie Miller, Benjamin Tollefsen, Ryan St. Peters

Featuring fun moves, memorable music and catchy lyrics, The Moblees turns home viewers into home do-ers by getting them off the floor and into the action through playful participation. It stars 5 loveable characters who—along with do-ers at home—overcome obstacles through teamwork and movement: feisty Bailey Butterfly; her spontaneous younger brother, Carlin Caterpillar; brainy perfectionist Gisbert Grasshopper; tail-waggity optimist Dasha Dog; and super smooth Sylvio Snake.

From the Kids

“The butterfly girl is my favourite with her wings on her back! And we get to move and sing everywhere! I love it.”
– Niamh, 2, Alberta

Fun Facts

  • The Moblees experience goes beyond TV with companion iPad app, The Moblees Get Moving!
  • The Moblees overcome obstacles through teamwork and movement. Each episode features fun moves, memorable music and catchy lyrics!
  • Moblees move to make things happen! When you move, you’re a Moblee, too. Moblees have fun making movement a part of everything they do.
  • We want Moblees everywhere to turn down time into DO time by making movement a part of everything they do. We want Moblees to move more each day by jumping, hopping, spinning and shaking with us. Everyone has their own Moblee move.
  • 14% of Canadian children between the ages of 5-11 meet the recommended levels of physical activity (Canadian Physical Activity guidelines)
  • More than 75% of parents who participated in a study (“Can the Moblees Move Canadian Kids?”) reported that their child engaged in physical activity while watching The Moblees

Awards

  • 2016: Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards – WINNER: Best Kids Tech Activation – The Moblees App
  • 2015: Canadian Screen Awards – NOMINATED, The Moblees APP: Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s & Youth

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Slugterra

Winner: Children’s (6-12)

Production Company: DHX Media

Company Website: dhxmedia.com

Producers: Asaph Fipke, Chuck Johnson, Ken Faier

As the Shane Gang return to the 99 caverns from their Eastern adventure, a dispute erupts between them and the Shadow Clan, threatening to shatter the hard-won peace in Slugterra. Eli and the Gang have their hands full dealing with the antics of the usual thugs, plus growing hostility from their former allies. So when Tad and his slug Pieper lend a hand with Pieper’s amazing powers, Eli welcomes a new team member. But soon this newcomer casts his own shadow on the chaos.

Continue the adventure in the brand new mobile game, Slug it Out 2, now available on the App Store in Canada! This sequel to your favourite slugslinging match-3 game Slug it Out comes with bigger battle action, exciting new matching boards, and the new Slug Hideout where you can interact with your slugs!

“Entertaining and connecting kids is at the heart of what DHX Media is all about, so for Slugterra to be voted winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize by kids themselves is a huge honour. Our entire team has worked hard to build an immersive Slugterra experience across TV, online, games, apps, and toys for fans around the world. We’re absolutely thrilled that Slugterra is this year’s winner. DHX would like to thank the Shaw Rocket Fund for this recognition and to our young fans for their continued support! Congratulations to all our team for this outstanding achievement.”
– Asaph Fipke, Chief Content Officer, DHX Studios and Creator/Executive Producer of Slugterra

From the Kids

“I love this show! Everyone is super cool and I can’t stop watching it. I sit on the edge of my couch when I watch because I want to jump up and get involved. I like to act it out later with my brother.”
– Liam, 8, Manitoba

Games…So Many Games!

Slugterra: Slug it Out 2 by DHX Interactive – App Store

Slugterra: Slug it Out! by DHX Interactive – Website | Google Play | App Store

Slugterra: Guardian Force by DHX Interactive – Google Play | App Store

Slugterra: Slugslinger Showdown by DHX Interactive – App Store

Slugterra: Slug Life by Cupcake Digital – App Store

Slugterra: Dark Waters by Apps Ministry – App Store | Google Play

Battle for SlugterraWebsite

Secret of the Shadow MinesWebsite

Slug WarsWebsite

Slug RunWebsite

Awards

2015 Leo Awards

  • Best Direction in an Animation Program or Series – Slugterra: Return of the Elementals – WINNER
  • Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series – Slugterra: Return of the Elementals – WINNER
  • Best Animation Program or Series – Slugterra: Return of the Elementals – NOMINATED

2015 Canadian Screen Awards

  • Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety, or Animated Program or Series – Slugterra: Ghoul from Beyond – NOMINATED

2015 iKids Awards

  • Best Game App (Tablet): Kids Category – Slugterra: Slug it Out! – SHORTLISTED

2015 Kidscreen Awards

  • Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie: Kids Category – Slugterra: Ghoul From Beyond – NOMINATED

2014 Shaw Rocket Prize

  • Children’s Category (6-12) – FINALIST

2014 Canadian Screen Awards

  • Best Animated Program or Series – NOMINATED
  • Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series – Clint Butler, “What Lies Beneath” – NOMINATED
  • Best Sound in a Comedy, Variety, Performing Arts or Animated Program or Series – “The World Beneath Our Feet, Part 1” – NOMINATED
  • Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth – Slugterra Digital – NOMINATED

2014 iKids Awards

  • Best Game App (Smartphone): Kids Category – Slugterra: Slug it Out! – SHORTLISTED

2014 Kidscreen Awards

  • Best Companion Website: Kids Category – Slugterra.com – NOMINATED

Additional

  • 2013 Daytime Emmy Award for Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation
  • 2013 Leo Award for Best Direction in an Animation Program of Series
  • 2013 Leo Award for Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series
  • 2013 Leo Award for Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series – Lee Tockar (Pronto)
  • Plus 14 additional nominations for Canadian Screen Awards, iKids Awards, Kidscreen Awards, Daytime Emmys, Leo Awards, and Youth Media Alliance Awards

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Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool

Production Company: Aircraft Pictures

Company Website: aircraftpictures.com

Producers: Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen

Bruno Walton and Melvin “Boots” O’Neal are the most infamous troublemakers at MacDonald Hall – a supposedly prestigious school for boys. Bruno, the brains behind the operation, has managed without fail to convince Boots to tag along on his countless prank operations whether it includes stealing a rival school’s mascot, switching the school’s flag or invading Miss Scrimmage’s Academy for Girls Education and Awakening across the road. Despite their ongoing pranks, Bruno and Boots LOVE their school and are willing to do anything to protect it.

After a dismal defeat at the hands of their York Academy rivals at the semi-annual swim meet, Bruno uncovers that MacDonald Hall is perilously close to losing several top students to York (including his best pal Boots) thanks to MacDonald Hall’s less than impressive sports facilities. Determined to save their swim program and keep his friends at MacDonald Hall, Bruno goes on a fundraising warpath to build their own pool.

Through rummage sales, nationally televised bake-offs and other ill-advised schemes, the Macdonald Hall boys raise a good chunk of cash. But with the final swim meet of the season close at hand and only half the funds raised, Bruno must take drastic action to keep Boots from becoming a dreaded York “turkey” – a fate worse than any detention Headmaster William “The Fish” Sturgeon can dole out.

“We’re thrilled that BRUNO & BOOTS: GO JUMP IN THE POOL has been nominated for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize. I first read Gordon Korman’s Macdonald Hall series when I was nine years old and was inspired by the fact that Gordon was so young (only twelve!) when he wrote his first book. The series was one of the earliest inspirations that led me to telling stories as a career. I have loved being able to share the stories with my son, and I’m excited to be able to share Bruno and Boots with children across Canada.”
– Anthony Leo, Producer, Aircraft Pictures

From the Kids

“I liked the story. All of the different schemes that they had in the show were really interesting. The characters were really unique. I didn’t know how it was going to end. I thought they were going to win the swimming race at the end but they didn’t. They still got the money for the pool and it showed how important friendship and working together is.”
– Wyatt, 9, Alberta

Fun Facts

  • Go Jump In The Pool, the book the movie is based on, was published when Gordon Korman was only 15 years old! At 12 years old, he wrote the first book in the Macdonald Hall series – This Can’t be Happening at Macdonald Hall – as an assignment for his seventh grade English class, and mailed the manuscript to Scholastic, who published the novel in 1978, and Go Jump In The Pool a year later in 1979.
  • Producer Anthony Leo, Director Vivieno Caldinelli and Callan Potter (who plays Boots in the movie) all read and loved the Macdonald Hall book series when they were growing up. Of course, when Callan read them, they were classics of Canadian Literature, and when Anthony and Vivieno read them, they were…a bit newer.
  • Bruno & Boots: Go Jump In The Pool was filmed at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. “Eat it or Beat it”, the television baking competition that Bruno and Boots enter Headmaster Sturgeon in, was filmed in Convocation Hall, and it took four hours to clean up the remains of the 400 cupcakes (200 chocolate and 200 vanilla) used in the food fight scene!
  • Aircraft Pictures has just finished production on two more Bruno & Boots movies based on the Macdonald Hall series – Bruno & Boots: This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall and Bruno & Boots: The Wizzle War – which will debut in 2017.
  • Gordon Korman attended the premiere of Bruno and Boots Go Jump In The Pool in March. In an interview about it, he said, “I’ve had a couple of experiences with TV adaptations of my books, but I have to say that Go Jump in the Pool was an almost surreal experience. The instant I saw a snapshot of Bruno and Boots, I was stunned at what a perfect match they were for the characters I created when I was a kid.”
  • In 2010, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared on an episode of the television show Great Canadian Books, where he read excerpts from This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall, describing it as “a wonderfully funny story that appeals to the adolescent in all of us”, and as the book that awoke his interest in reading as a young boy.

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Snapshots

Production Company: Forte Entertainment

Company Website: forte-entertainment.com

Producers: Andrea Gabourie, Mitchell Gabourie, Natalie Schenk

Snapshots is a 30-minute, photo-taking throw down that pits three talented kids against each other in an entertaining, physical and exciting competition where each kid tries to take the BEST. PHOTO. EVER!!! In each episode, our budding photographers go head-to-head in two photography-driven challenges. With every challenge, the competitors will use their speed, problem-solving skills and creativity to push the envelope of their photographic skills.

“The goal of SNAPSHOTS is to empower kids creatively, and encourage them to share their own point of view on the world around them, and we couldn’t be happier with the response the show has received with our audience. We are delighted to be in the running for the Shaw Rocket Prize especially with such other great nominees – it’s really the icing on the cake!”
– Executive Producers and creators, Andrea & Mitchell Gabourie

From the Kids

“I love this show because you can actually learn some photography tips as you watch it, but it’s not like you are in school. You are still having fun watching a show. The kids are normal kids and there are lots of cool graphics and stuff that keep you entertained. They dab and use hashtags like real kids do. They do not treat us like kids – this is like a real adult show, but cooler.”
– Eamon, 12, Ontario

Fun Facts

  • More than 2500 pictures were taken by the competitors on the show. If you printed them out they would line up to be almost 40 metres long or more than 8 storeys high!
  • 15 of the final shots were pictures of people, but only 3 of them were looking at the camera!
  • If you think the Snapshots host, Dalmar looks familiar, you might have seen him somewhere else on TV! One of his other shows was Degrassi: The Next Generation where he played Danny Van Zandt.
  • Dalmar knows how to speak French, and he loves comedy. Pourquoi le poulet a-t-il traversé la rue? To get to the photobooth on the other side!
  • When the Snapsters first applied, all but two said that they love using their tablet to take pictures!
  • Kid photographers from 5 Canadian provinces and 1 territory have applied to be on Snapshots!
  • A total of 13 different locations were used to film all the Snapshots episodes.
  • The Snapshots mentors gave our photographers 18 photography tips during the shows, plus 9 more in our web-exclusive digisodes

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables

Winner: Youth/Family 13-17

Production Company: Breakthrough Entertainment

Company Website: breakthroughentertainment.com

Producers: Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Joan Lambur, Ross Leslie, Nat Abraham, Michael McGuigan, Kate MacDonald Butler, Ramon Estevez, John Kent Harrison (director)

It is the late 1870s on beautiful Prince Edward Island. Anne Shirley is mistakenly sent there to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm. Anne must make her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and in the town of Avonlea to ensure she is never sent back to the orphanage again.

“We couldn’t be more proud and excited to receive this incredible award. The Rocket Fund has provided producers like Breakthrough the support critical to make children’s programming that resonates with kids in Canada and around the world. Thank you so much especially to all the kids who voted!”
– Joan Lambur, Executive Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment, Anne of Green Gables

From the Kids

“I really enjoyed this show because it had such a wonderful storyline and the characters in it were portrayed so well! Anne was played by a very well chosen actress as were the other characters and that really was the cherry on top for this show! Not to mention the absolutely beautiful scenery that well-represented Prince Edward Island! If I could give this show ten stars I definitely would!”
– Anna, 15, Nova Scotia

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Max & Shred

Production Company: Breakthrough Entertainment

Company Website: breakthroughentertainment.com

Producers: George Doty IV, Joan Lambur, Nat Abraham, Michael McGuigan, Peter Williamson, Jim Corston, Josh Greenbaum, Ben McMillan

The series chronicles the hilarious and unlikely friendship between Max Asher (Jonny Gray), a celebrity snowboarder, and Alvin “Shred” Ackerman (Jake Goodman), a science whiz-kid, who become roommates and instant friends when Max moves to Colorado to train for the Winter Cup.

From the Kids

“As Canadians, we watch a lot of American shows. But this one shows the culture in Canadian shows. After only watching these two episodes, I’ve fallen in love with it – from its jokes, to its content! It’s an awesome, funny, and peculiar show. I love this show because I relate to Alvin, and it feels awesome to see other people are like me. This show makes me feel I belong in this society! I love this show so much because I have a super great connection with it.”
– Selma, 13, British Columbia

Awards

  • Max & Shred was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series in 2015.
  • Jake Goodman and Emilia McCarthy were nominated for a Young Artist Award for Max & Shred in 2015.

Snowtime

Production Company: CarpeDiem Film & TV

Company Website: carpediemfilmtv.com

Producers: Marie-Claude Beauchamp

To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict.

“Snowtime! was a real passion project for the entire team – and there’s nothing like an enthusiastic, committed team to help make an entertaining movie that also gives kids and their families much to think about. Having “Snowtime!” picked by such a distinguished jury as a Shaw Rocket Prize finalist is a great honour in and of itself and a tribute to everyone on the team who made the movie.”
– Marie-Claude Beauchamp, Producer

From the Kids

“The animation in this show was very appealing to me. It’s one of those shows to watch on a cold, Canadian day. The storyline of the show was just my type of genre!”
– Maria, 16, Manitoba

Awards

  • Award : Cineplex Golden Screen Award
  • Award : Cineplex Golden Ticket
  • Award : Quebec Cinema Award: Best sound
  • Award : Telefilm Golden Screen Award
  • Nominated : Annecy Animation Film Festival 2016
  • Nominated : Sundance Kids 2016
  • Nominated : Quebec Cinema Award : Best art direction

Fun Facts

  • 79,291,200 seconds passed between the first day of preproduction and delivery of the film
  • There are 111,588 images in the 82 minute film
  • The average rendering time per image was 62 minutes
  • The total time to render the entire film was 114,563 hours or 4,773 days
  • Over 100 artists worked on the production from the first designs to the delivery of the movie
  • The animated movie set is equal to 800 NHL hockey rinks
  • If you stack all the Minis one on top of the other, they will be as tall as the Statue of Liberty
  • There are 11,384 trees in the entire film
  • The fort is 10.5m high, which is 5 1/2 times the height of Carey Price

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2014

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Preschool: Peg + Cat, Yup Yups

Children: Annedroids, Slugterra

Youth/Family: Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!Unsung: Behind the Glee

Justin Time

Winner: Preschool (5 & under)

Production Company: Guru Studio

Producers: Amy Robson, Mary Bredin, Frank Falcone

Supervising Producers: Tanya Green, Wendy Harris

Producers: Julie Soebekti, Sarah Wallendjack

Justin, Olive and Squidgy star in the biggest stories of all time, told from every corner of the world. Whenever Justin’s friend Squidgy pops out of his kooky klay tub, imaginations are bound to run wild! In every new place, Olive’s familiar face guides the gang to fun. Every day, pre-school challenges set the stage for exciting adventures. Building a sky scraper in Manhattan, questing through Ancient Greece and even playing tag with a dinosaur. Preschoolers will be surprised how Justin’s imaginative adventures relate to their everyday lives.

“We are honoured to be named as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize. We put a lot of hard work into making Justin Time a celebration of children’s imaginations, so we’re thrilled that it has resonated with so many children of all ages around the world. Being a part of the tightly weaved Canadian children’s entertainment family, we appreciate how important Shaw’s contributions to the industry are. Everyone at Guru is very excited about the news.”
– Frank Falcone, President & Creative Director, Guru Studio

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I liked the first video when they built the tower from small to medium to tall and they put the pickle on top. It was called The Tower of Justin. My favourite character is Squidgy because he can bend into anything.”
Lita, age 5, Ontario

“I like Squidgy. He’s funny and makes me laugh. I love Justin ’cause he races in a car and I love race cars, and he goes to lots of cool places all over the earth.”
Colby, age 4, British Columbia

“They show all kinds of places and times in the past. It’s funny and I learn all kinds of new things. ”
Duggan, age 4, Alberta

Highlights

  • Justin has explored every continent including Antarctica and has set foot in almost 30 countries.
  • Justin’s adventures have spanned 65 million years, from the cretaceous period to the ice age right up to the 1970s
  • He has gone as low as 1,200 meters under water, in a submarine and as high as 384,400 kilometers above earth in a rocket ship.
  • Justin has had more than 25 professions. Including Voyageur, ninja, circus performer, fire fighter, baker, detective, construction worker and of course an explorer
  • In season 2 alone Justin has traveled in at least 15 vehicles including a dog sled, fire truck, and an airplane.
  • Justin Time is a 2.5D show. That means that the characters are 3D, but a lot of the backgrounds are 2D paintings. The unique, flat look of the characters is achieved through a number of methods. First the characters are ‘textured’ (painted) with more sparse detail than a traditional 3D show. Then, at the very end, after everything is animated, a team of people called ‘compositors’ go through the shots and tweak them, often frame by frame, to accentuate the 2.5D look.
  • Squidgy is afraid of snakes.
  • Squidgy was originally named Wiki.
  • Justin’s house is loosely modeled after the director’s sister in law’s bungalow in London Ontario.
  • Brandon Scott, the show’s creator, started dreaming about Justin Time when he was still in school.

Awards & Nominations

Justin Time is the winner or nominee of 12 awards. The show won the 2014 Gemini Award for best Pre-School Program or Series. Justin Time has also been nominated for an unprecedented 6 Annie awards and an Emmy for Outstanding Pre-School Animated Program. Justin Time was a 2012 finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize, winner of the Pixie Platinum Award and more.

  • 2014 – Winner: Best Pre-School Program or Series – Brandon James Scott, Frank Falcone, Mary Bredin – Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2014 – Nominated: Outstanding Achievement in directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production – Harold Harris – Annie Awards
  • 2014 – Nominated: Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production – Paul Watling – Annie Awards
  • 2014 – Nominated: Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children – Annie Awards
  • 2014 – Nominated: Outstanding Performance – Voice – Carlos Diaz – ACTRA Toronto Awards
  • 2013 – Nominated: Outstanding Pre-School Animated Program – Frank Falcone, Mary Bredin, Christine D. Reagan, PBS Kids Sprout – Daytime Emmy Awards
  • 2013 – Nominated: Best General Audience Animated Television Production for Preschool Children, “Marcello’s Meatballs” – Annie Awards
  • 2013 – Nominated: Production Design in an Animated Television or Other Broadcast Venue Production – Brandon James Scott and Keith Chi Ming Lee, “The Rubbery Dumplings” – Annie Awards
  • 2013 – Nominated: Character Animation in an Animated Television or Other Broadcast Venue Production – Jennifer Dickie, “Yodel Odel Day” – Annie Awards
  • 2012 – Finalist: Preschool – Shaw Rocket Prize
  • 2012 – Winner: Animation – Pixie Platinum Award
  • 2012 – Nominated: Best TV Animation Made for Kids – Ottawa International Animation Film Festival

Peg + Cat

Production Company: 9 Story Media Group

Program Website: 9story.com/Programs/pegcat

Company Website: 9story.com

Executive Producers: Vince Commisso, Jennifer Oxley, Kevin Morrison, Billy Aronson and Steven Jarosz

Peg+Cat is an animated preschool series that follows an adorable spirited little girl, Peg, and her sidekick, Cat, as they encounter unexpected problems that require fun and creative solutions. In order to solve the problems, Peg and her cat must add, subtract and apply basic arithmetic. Their adventures take them to historical far-away lands, art centres in bustling metropolises and the colourful cosmos, all the while demonstrating that it’s never too early to start learning the magic of numbers.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“It’s silly and it teaches me how to play and my favourite is Cat. I love the show and I watch it everyday.”
Sean, age 5, Ontario

“This show is good. I like it because they do funny things. I like Cat the best. The song at the beginning gets me singing and dancing every time, I love it! I like watching them solve the problems. This show makes me smile.”
Keira, age 5, Newfoundland

“Because Cat is such a funny guy, he does great moves and always makes mistakes. He figures out the problem but he doesn’t know he figured it out. Peg is a great actor, she always figures out things and she makes Cat feel like he is a genius because he figured out the problem by accident before Peg. She is really nice and helps solve problems so quick. I love them so much and I love the song they sing.”
Kayla, age 5, Alberta

Quote from the Producers

“We are so thrilled to be considered for the Shaw Rocket Prize! We are totally freaking out!”
– Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson

“We are absolutely thrilled to be named as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize for Peg + Cat! This is an incredible honour for the entire Peg + Cat team and we would like to thank the International Jury for nominating this truly special show.”
– Vince Commisso, President & CEO and Steve Jarosz, Senior Vice President & COO, 9 Story Media Group

Reviews and Ratings

Peg + Cat received all 5 stars on Commonsensemedia.org for Educational value, Positive messages and Positive role model – Common Sense Media

“If The Chicken Problem is any indication, Peg + Cat will be a fantastic way to get preschoolers like my daughter excited about solving problems. Three games are already up on the PBS Kids web site, and the pattern recognition activity Chicken Dance really got her wheels turning.” – Geek Mom

“It’s a solid, kid-friendly winner.” – NY Daily News

“Shows like Peg + Cat can also be a valuable tool for parents. Animated TV shows make learning fun for kids, and they serve as a springboard for learning throughout the day.” – Kidstv movies

“…you’ll be amazed and delighted at how much your pre-schooler learns while taking part in Peg’s adventurous and special world” – Parent’s Choice

PEG + CAT adds up to a fun, smart math-based series for preschoolers” – Cool Mom Picks

Fun Facts

  • Peg + Cat is produced by 9 Story Media Group and the acclaimed Fred Rogers Company, producer of the landmark series Mister Roger’s Neighbourhood
  • The series premiered on October 7, 2013 on PBS and it was greeted with an impressive 4.1 Nielsen rating
  • Since its launch on PBS, the Peg + Cat website has had nearly 4.5 million visits from more than 1.5 million unique visitors, who spend an average of 7 ½ minutes per visit
  • Peg + Cat Big Gig app for iPad premiered as a top seller, ranking #1 in Education (iPad), #3 in Kids Games (iPad) and #3 in Top Apps (iPad)
  • Peg + Cat broke PBS KIDS’ record for most video streams for a new show in its 1st month. Viewers are streaming almost 40 million Peg + Cat videos per month
  • Peg + Cat recently won three Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards!
  • Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program
  • Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Haley Faith Negrin as the voice of Peg)
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Production Design (Jennifer Oxley)

Awards

  • 2014: Winner: Best Marketing Campaign for a TV Series – Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards
  • 2014: Winner: Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animation Program – Emmy Awards
  • 2014: Winner: Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program – Hayley Faith Negrin as Peg – Emmy Awards
  • 2014: Winner: Production Design – Jennifer Oxley – Emmy Awards
  • 2014: Winner: Spring 2014 Television Ages: 3-5 years – Parent’s Choice Gold Award
  • 2014: Winner: Best Pre-School – Rockie Awards (Banff World Media Festival)

Learning Goals

Peg + Cat has four key learning goals:

  1. Encourage children to see math as fun, cool, and worthwhile. Lively characters, such as Peg, Cat, and Ramone encounter challenging mathematical problems in every episode. Some situations will be highly familiar to preschoolers, while other will be more surprising and fantastical. In each case, the kind of critical thinking needed to solve these problems is the same.
  2. Broaden children’s understanding of what mathematical thinking involves and present examples of useful strategies to try when they feel “stuck.” Many young children are unaware that math extends beyond counting. Viewers will be excited to learn that math also includes patterns, shapes, homemade measurement tools, and much more.
  3. Inspire children to approach problems with creativity, persistence, and humour. Peg may worry when she first encounters a problem, but she is resilient and wise enough not to give up. Her arsenal of spirited approaches to problem-solving includes, identifying the problem and setting clear goals, asking questions, drawing a simple picture, brainstorming, and experimenting and persisting.
  4. Present children with a range of age-appropriate mathematical concepts and skills supported by the NAEYC, NCTM, Common Core State Standards, the PBS Math Curriculum Framework, and other leading early childhood math research:
    • Numbers and Operations
    • Geometry and Spatial Sense
    • Measurement
    • Patterns and Algebraic Thinking
    • Data Collection and Analysis

Yup Yups

Production Company: Radical Sheep Productions

Company Website: radsheep.com

Producers: John Leitch, Michelle Melanson

When the Yup Yups play together, magic happens. That’s because these curious and enchanting creatures magically transform into any shape they want. Green, Pink, and Blue are siblings who love to play together, and who are always on the lookout for a new thrill, a new laugh, or a new character to play. They’re not big talkers, so they communicate by changing shape. And what they communicate, are their feelings. Filled with kid-relatable humour, Yup Yups is emotional role-playing at its most fantastic. By exploring their feelings through shape changes, the Yup Yups fun mirrors how preschoolers play as a group. Come play with the Yup Yups, and see what shape your fun can take! “Yup Yup!”

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“More Yup Yups Momma!” – Ivy, age 2, Alberta

“I like this show because the Yup Yups are funny and are always nice to each other and play nice together. Pink Yup Yup is my favourite.” – Bella, age 3, Ontario

“Because they use their imaginations and change into whatever they feel at the time to have fun and make each other smile.” – Everett, age 4, Alberta

Quote from the Producer

“Radical Sheep is thrilled to have our whimsical preschool series YUP YUPS nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize. We are absolutely in love with GREEN, PINK and BLUE created by the extraordinary Matthew Fernandes. We thank the Shaw Rocket Fund for this prestigious nomination and for their tremendous support of Canadian children’s television over the last 10 years. As our characters would say, ‘Yup Yup’!” – Michelle Melanson Cuperus, VP Production and Development, Radical Sheep Productions

Here’s what kids and parents are saying about the Yup Yups

“My daughter loves the little creatures. It is the last show she watches before bed and the one she never wants to miss. I adore them as well and love that they are such good friends. App is great. Looking forward to more.” – Pamela DiTomaso Fortino

“My son is only 15 months old and he’s also obsessed by this show. When it’s on tv, there’s nothing to do to get his attention, he’s only looking at it. Please let me also know if a Dvd is released. Thank you!” – Marilyn Patenaude

“Any possibility for the apps to be for the Android system? My 2 year old son ĺove love loves the Yup Yups and I love the messages it shows, in such a short amount of time. Keep it up! They’re so fun to watch…… shhhhh, yes a 37 year old mom just said that. Lol.” – Roxanne MacKenzie

“My son is mesmerized by the Yup Yups. Whenever he sees it, he actually smiles. Any merchandise (toys, books) in the future?” – Silyy Kim

Come Play with the Yup Yups

Yup Yups Play Park

In this app, preschoolers love to interact with the mischievous PINK. She loves to transform into all kinds of objects and wildlife. With Play Park you can decide which ones she turns into. Tap an icon at the bottom of the screen and watch as PINK magically transforms!

Yup Yups Toy Box

Each Yup Yup, PINK, BLUE and GREEN, brings their own unique game in this fun app. Blue’s Butterfly Balloon – allows kids to help him soar higher and higher into the sky in pursuit of a mesmerizing butterfly! PINK’s Bubble Pop Extravaganza – keeping up with popping the bubbles is the most fun! GREEN’s Revving Racers – choose your Yup Yup and hang on as you change them into a different racing vehicle.

Fun Facts

  • Did you know that the Yup Yups are all brothers and sisters? BLUE is the youngest and PINK is a girl!
  • The Yup Yups speak all in gibberish – lots of grunts and groans and oomphs – and they say one thing at just the right moment, “Yup Yup!” It can mean just about anything, all depending on how they are feeling. What does “Yup Yup” mean when you say it?
  • Did you know ONE person did all the voices and sounds for the Yup Yups? The talented Diane Salema does each of the voices for GREEN, PINK and BLUE, capturing their unique character and joyous personality!
  • The Yup Yups turn into 350 different things over the course of all the episodes! What’s your favourite?
  • The Yup Yups APP has been played over 5 million times so far! That’s a lot! Have you played yet?!

Awards

  • 2014 – Winner: Platinum Pixie Award – American Pixel Academy

The Yup Yups as imagined by 6-year-old Logan

Rocket Monkeys

Winner: Children’s (6-12)

Production Company: Breakthrough Entertainment

Company Website: breakthroughentertainment.com/

Producers: Ira Levy, Joan Lambur, Mark Evestaff

When facing rogue black holes, criminal masterminds, and rifts in the evil dimension, the universe turns to its bravest and brightest to save the day. When those guys are busy, the universe is stuck with the Rocket Monkeys. Inexplicably charged with carrying out a wide range of important missions, brothers Gus and Wally tend to cause more intergalactic calamity than they actually prevent. Luckily, they have help from YAY-OK, their dashing and devoted (if slightly outdated) robot.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“This is the best show ever. I love watching it before school. We PVR it all the time. It is so funny and I love the different names the monkeys have. It makes us laugh and my mom even watches it with us.” – Ali, age 9, Ontario

“It is very funny. I cant take my eyes off of the TV when it is on. The relationship between the brothers is entertaining and hilarious. Reminds me of my relationship with me and my brother. We both watch Rocket Monkeys together and like to re-enact the show after watching it. ” – Stephanie, age 9, British Columbia

“This show is my winner because the characters are sooooo silly at times. For example when Gus and Wally dance in their underpants!!! It’s very funny to watch and it makes me laugh out loud! Another reason this show is my winner is because I love robots! The robot in this show is called Yeah OK and he can send anything that needs to be sent, through himself!! The last reason I picked this show, Rocket Monkeys, as my winner is they have the COOLEST OF ALL COOL SPACESHIP!! It’s orange and big!” – Brandon, age 8, British Columbia

Quote from the Producer

“Who would have thought two inadequately trained, poorly groomed bags of fur would ever be nominated for anything, let alone something as prestigious as the Shaw Rocket Prize? We’re thrilled to be selected as a finalist.” – Mark Evestaff

Awards & Nominations

  • 2014: Nominated: Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series: Monkey See Monkey Do Better – Mark Edwards – Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2014: Nominated: Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series: Scarelicious – David Berni – Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2013: Winner: Best Animation Program or Series – Mauro Casalese (Producer) – Leo Awards

Annedroids

Production Company: Sinking Ship Entertainment

Company Website: sinkingship.ca

Producers: JJ Johnson, Blair Powers, Matt Bishop

Co-Executive Producer: Christin Simms

While Nick and his Mom move into their new house, Nick meets some of his neighbours including an android-building genius scientist named Anne, who needs his help to turn on her latest invention. Anne is working out the kinks in newborn Pal’s construction while Nick, Shania and the androids play Hide and Seek. But when Nick accidentally activates a security program that makes Hand, Eyes and Pal go into super-hiding mode, the kids have to find the missing androids before Pal’s circuits overload.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I’m kinda a Scientist myself. I like to try and mix things together and see what I can make. I’m an expert in making goo. I have many different kinds. I love that Anne does cool things and has built Anne-droids to help her. Also like that the Droids have personalities. By far my favourite. I tell all my friends in my class (grade 4) to watch it and they love it too. Yeah Annedroids!!” – Skyla, age 9, British Columbia

“I liked Annedroids the best because it had action, adventure and suspense. I also voted for it because it’s creative and I really enjoyed the characters. Anne is very smart, creative, and a good role model for kids, (especially girls) who like science. Nick is curious like most kids his age and wants to explore. Shania adds comedy into the mix. What I really enjoyed was the special effects like Pal, Hand and Eyes. This is a show that I would watch on a regular basis. I loved it.” – Natalie, age 10, Ontario

“This show is a winner because it introduces science to kids. It also entertains kids too. Annedroids makes learning so much fun – in my opinion teachers should show this to their students. The show even empowers children to go and look outside and make hypotheses, test their ideas, and generally use their imagination to the limit, in other words it’s the “Bill Nye The Science Guy” (kind of) of the future. Just make sure this doesn’t fuel the robot uprising (or android, whatever you prefer). Woo!” – Claudia, age 12, Alberta

Quote from the Producer

“Sinking Ship prides itself on constantly striving to create shows that make a difference in kids’ lives. Annedroids represents the pinnacle of that drive. To now have this series endorsed by a distinguished international jury and amid such other spectacular productions makes the $25,000 prize seem unnecessary…which is not to say that we don’t still desperately want it.” – J.J. Johnson, Creator, Executive Producer

Highlights

  • Annedroids was originally called Anne’s Droids.
  • In the 2011 pilot, Anne and Nick were originally played by Samantha Moore and Kolton Stewart but in the series they are played by Addison Holley and Jadiel Dowlin.
  • Shania (played by Adrianna Di Liello) is named after Shania Twain and her brothers (Billy, Ray and Garth) and the family dog (Cyrus) are named after other country singers too. Can you guess who?
  • Anne is a scientist who loves to study the world.
  • Anne’s dream is to make first contact with alien life.
  • Anne’s Dad is also a genius scientist.
  • Nick’s Mom is a reporter who has no idea that there are three androids living in the junkyard across the street.
  • Anne created Hand because she needed something very strong who could help her lift things and reach up high.
  • Anne created Eyes because she needed help seeing the world (both up close and very far away).
  • Anne created Pal because she wanted an assistant who was more advanced and human-like.
  • Eyes was made out of a microscope, binoculars and a telescope.
  • Despite her size, Hand is a girly girl who can be quite emotional.
  • Anne, Nick and Shania worked together to power Pal up.
  • Hand is a girl, Eyes is a boy but Pal isn’t a boy or a girl, Pal’s a Pal.
  • Anne is worried that if more people knew about the androids, they might get taken away.
  • One of Anne’s favourite scientists is Nikola Tesla.
  • Anne thinks curiosity is the foundation of science.
  • Annedroids is filmed on location in Mississauga, Ontario.

Slugterra

Production Company: Nerd Corps Entertainment

Company Website: nerdcorps.com

Producers: Ace Fipke, Ken Faier

In the luminous, high-tech, underground world of Slugterra, the ammo’s alive and only the quick survive! Every cavern holds a new adventure, new battle and weird little slugs to be discovered! Eli Shane is determined to be the greatest SLUGSLINGING hero of them all! Only by collecting, training and dueling with little critters called SLUGS can Eli and his team hope to defeat the forces of evil. Did we mention the part where the slugs transform into powerful magical beasts? That part’s awesome.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I like Slugterra because it is action packed and keeps me entertained. The animation is awesome, and the characters are interesting. Slugterra is a world beneath the surface of the earth. It is a magical world where slugs transform when shot out of a blaster. It is about an teenage boy named Eli Shane. His father Will Shane was the previous defender of Slugterra; and now it’s Eli’s turn to defend Slugterra from Dr. Thatious Black, the evil villan. I love Slugterra!!” – Taylor, age 10, Alberta

“I like Slugterra because it has a great storyline and the characters are really funny. I like the graphics and details. I like that it is ‘good’ versus ‘evil’. Eli Shane is my favourite character.” – Samuel, age 12, Saskatchewan

“Slugterra is a cool TV show and I often watch it with my brother. The slugs are adorable and they have such a unique idea. Eli and his gang are very helpful and I believe they are a very good example for young kids in a way. They teach kindness and other good lessons in a few episodes, so the behaviour easily catches on when somebody kids admire acts that way.” – Marisa, age 11, British Columbia

Quote from the Producers

“We’re delighted and honoured to be selected as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize along with these other great nominees. Nerd Corps has worked very hard to make Slugterra a fantastic experience that kids can enjoy on TV, mobile, the web, and anywhere else — both above and below ground. Thanks to all the artists, writers, actors, fans and parents who’ve taken the drop to the 99 caverns!” – Asaph Fipke, CEO and Founder of Nerd Corps Entertainment and creator of Slugterra

Fun Facts

  • Eli was named after the creator’s son, Elias
  • Sam Vincent, the voice of Eli Shane, also performs the voice of Will Shane, Eli’s dad!
  • Slugterra: Return of the Elementals screened in 56 theatres across Canada in August 2014, marking Slugterra’s theatrical debut
  • Lee Tockar was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance as Pronto
  • You get to see over 50 slugs in the first 39 episodes of Slugterra!
  • Nerd Corps’ mobile game Slugterra: Slug it Out! has been a #1 game in the App Store in 19 countries

Awards & Nominations

  • 2013: Winner: Achievement in Sound Editing – Animation – Daytime Emmy Award
  • 2013: Winner: Best Direction in an Animation Program of Series – Leo Award
  • 2013: Winner: Best Overall Sound in an Animation Program or Series – Leo Award
  • 2013: Winner: Best Performance in an Animation Program or Series – Lee Tockar (Pronto) – Leo Award
  • Plus 14 additional nominations for Canadian Screen Awards, iKids Awards, Kidscreen Awards, Daytime Emmys, Leo Awards, and Youth Media Alliance Awards

If I Had Wings

Winner: Youth/Family 13-17

Production Company: Really Real Films

Company Website: reallyrealfilms.com

Producer: Cynde Harmon

Sixteen-year-old Alex dreams of flying and of running for his high school’s cross-country track team. Both dreams seem equally out of reach, as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Alex’s father, Probation Officer Geoff Taylor, finds a running partner from the unlikeliest of sources, in native youth Brad Coleman, who spends most of his time ‘running’ …from the law. Now the two boys just have to overcome the many prejudices of the coach, track team members, Alex’s overprotective mother and even themselves, for Alex to make his exciting climactic run at the County championship.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I liked this show because it was inspiring and it gives you a feeling of hope when you watch it. Alex is a determined and strong character that I identified with and I thought he was very inspirational himself. The movie portrays a very good message of never giving up hope and not letting anything get in your way.” – Emily, age 13, Ontario

“This show is great overall. It was heartwarming and enchanting and inspiring to see the characters grow and build. I find that a lot of TV shows today do not incorporate realistic events. With this show I found that the actions and morals were realistic. I have a sister with a disability, and I know what it is like to be bullied and put down because of it. It hurts a lot when your sister becomes an object of ridicule to people; she becomes this responsibility they have. Just like Alex, she is a person too.” – Rebecca, age 15, Alberta

“This show not only demonstrates why there is still faith in humanity but also appeals to the every day teenager. The comedic punches within the story line, the intense moments where the story just plays with your emotions; pulls at your heart strings. It serves as a reminder that no matter how far you have fallen off your path that you can get right back up and keep on running. The story line is very well thought out and is carried out extremely well, not to mention the amazing pretrial. Fantastic.” – Kassandra, age 17, Ontario

Quotes from the Producers

“This was my all time “passion project”! It took 5 years and a lot of support from family, friends, and associates to bring this film to the screen. We are immensely proud of the movie, and we are thrilled to be chosen as one of the 3 finalists! A big thank you to Shaw Rocket Fund for supporting our film, our incredibly talented cast & crew, and my eternal gratitude to my family for making my dream come true!” – Cynde Harmon, Executive Producer

“I’d like to say that I’m thrilled as a producer and the director for IF I HAD WINGS, to be nominated as one of the 3 finalists for the Youth (13-17 years) and Family category for this year’s Shaw Rocket Prize. This project is at the apex of my career over the past thirty-five years. To be recognized in the company of such distinguished productions is indeed an honour. I’d like to congratulate the other nominees and thank the Shaw Rocket Fund for its continued support of Canadian filmmakers in the Youth entertainment genre.” – Allan Harmon, Director/Co-Executive Producer

Highlights

  • This film brought together an entire family of producers, director and actors! Cynde and Allan Harmon were producers on the film, with Allan directing, and their two children, Richard Harmon (Alex Taylor) and Jessica Harmon (Ms. McVie) in lead roles. This is the first full length feature film that the foursome have ever worked on together!
  • Director Allan Harmon and Producer Cynde Harmon met on a film set 33 years ago and fell in love, and have been together and working together ever since!
  • Allan and Cynde’s 2 children Jessica and Richard had to be 10 years old before they could consider acting.
  • Due to the film’s subject matter of blindness, and because the producers were big fans of his during the American Idol contest a few years ago, the film’s producers approached American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre who wrote and performed the theme song “If I Had Wings” for the movie! Scott has been the only blind “American Idol” contestant to date, and he made it in the top 10 finalists who then toured North America for a year thereafter.
  • During the editing of the film, the producers were out eating pizza with their good friends and their kids. Their friend’s 22 year old son, Jett Payne Pace, had written 5 songs, and he gave a tape to the editor to use as temporary music while editing the film. The producers and director loved the songs so much they kept all of them in the movie!
  • One of the background songs in the movie is written by the producer’s sister, Debra Scott.
  • One of the main running songs in the movie is written and performed by a Canadian Aboriginal group named Kashtin. The song was one that director Allan Harmon had envisioned using for the race scene for 2 years before the film was shot. This was in honour of the Aboriginal characters who are so integral to the film’s story.
  • Director Allan Harmon also envisioned using Ray Charles’ “So Help Me God” for the film’s climactic race for many years before the film was shot. Ray Charles was a famous singer who was also blind.

Awards

  • 2014 – Winner: Best Film Award – Kamloops Film Festival

Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong!

Production Company: Marblemedia

Company Website: marblemedia.com

Producers: Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg, Tim Crestcenti, David Sidebotham, Susan Edwards, Stephen Turnbull

A comedic Japanese-styled family game show that delivers wildly entertaining physical humour and slapstick mayhem. Audiences will experience the zany world of Japanese game show culture complete with conveyor belts and Velcro walls. Contestants are dropped into an unfamiliar Japanese world filled with crazy costumes and a cast of energetic characters, as they compete in three elimination rounds to win the Impossibly Large Trophy.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I really enjoyed watching this show with my family. I really like the excitement and zany attitude, because it makes watching the show as fun as being on the show.” – Julian, age 14, British Columbia

“I chose to vote for Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! because it is so amusing and entertaining. I watch it a lot with my family and we get to laugh together. I really love how they surprise the contestants and the game show is so much different than what they had expected. The show really engages the audience and captures your attention because the hosts are so outgoing.” – Isma, age 14, British Columbia

“Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! is my winner because after a very stressful and vigorous day at school this show brings humour into my day. With challenges and competitions that put 4 opposing teams against each other, the level of entertainment could be no greater. Excitement engrosses me as the wonder and suspense of who the winner is takes over my mind.” – Daniel, age 17, British Columbia

Quote from the Producers

“We are truly honoured to have been named a finalist for such a prestigious award as the Shaw Rocket Prize. Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! is not only a hilarious fish-out-of-water game show that makes families laugh out loud, but a series that celebrates and teaches our audience about Japanese game show culture and elements of the Japanese language. We would like to thank everyone involved with the project including our broadcast partners YTV, VRAK.TV and Disney XD.” – Matthew Hornburg and Mark Bishop

Fun Facts

  • Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! is an adaptation of the popular series I Survived a Japanese Game Show
  • Host Yoshi was also the host in the original series.
  • Contestants originally thought they were cast on a game show called The Greatest Game Show Ever. Imagine the surprise when they found out they were on a Japanese game show!
  • The series has different names internationally! In Poland it is Japanizi: Gonić, Gonić, Gong! and in France it’s Japanizi: Go, Go, Gong!
  • There is a prequel web series entitled Enter The Judge: The Legend of Judge Masa. This interactive web series allows you to control Judge Masa’s destiny as he transforms from ancient samurai to the respectable and sharp-dressed judge on the series.
  • japanizi.ytv.com features the Japanizi Meme Brain filled of hilarious memes you can share with friends.
  • The most featured game on the series was Human Sticky Jump!
  • Viewers can learn basic Japanese from the series. They can learn numbers while watching the series and words and phrases when using the Japanizi Couch Ninja app.
  • One contestant brought her grandmother as her partner.
  • The series airs in over 120 countries worldwide.

Awards & Nominations

  • Nominated: Best Tweens Series/Special – Cynopsis Kids !magination Award

Play the Games

  • Japanizi Couch Ninja is a second screen companion that is a synchronized two-screen viewing experience. While viewers are watching the series on TV they can interact with the second screen application, which gives them exclusive camera angles, translations of Host Yoshi and Judge Masa banter, as well as quizzes.
  • Most Extreme Japanizi Mayhem takes you on a quest through the Japanizi: Going, Going, Gong! studio in search of the Impossibly Large Trophy. Just make sure to avoid the rodents and giant sumo wrestlers!
  • Japanizi Ninja Jump (IOS and Android) is an acrobatic touch screen game. Players must jump from pizza to pizza, ride a penguin and get shot out of a chicken’s butt.

Unsung: Behind the Glee

Production Company: Shaftesbury

Company Website: shaftesbury.ca

Producers: Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Moze Mossanen, Jeff Spriet

Unsung: Behind the Glee charts the compelling journey of two Toronto high school show choirs as they battle time, nerves and each other to create an award-winning routine for the Show Choir Canada Nationals, Canada’s National High School Glee Club Championships.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I chose this show because I like Glee, and I found it really interesting and cool to get a behind the scenes look at my favourite show! I also liked this show because it was very informative, and professionally done. The actors in this show exceeded the abilities of the actors in all the other shows I had to choose from as well. Ultimately, I found that this show was one that everyone, male or female, young or old, could enjoy, which is a characteristic of a show that deserves to win!” – Tristan, age 17, Ontario

“I chose this particular show as my winner because it was interesting and didn’t feel staged. I enjoyed the documentary style that ultimately felt educational. It reflected upon my interests for the arts (dance, music, and drama) which created a more personal connection for myself. I enjoyed the sense of “harsh” reality in the show, that touched upon the fact that you need to work hard to get where you want to be. The dramatic undertones within the show made it funny and exciting! Overall great!” – Sophia, age 16, Ontario

“I chose this show because it shows the hard work it takes in order to achieve your full potential as a performer. It shows the struggles they go through day by day and the fun they have when they perform. This show would be very interesting for kids that enjoy musical theatre and also the TV show “Glee”.” – Melanie, age 17, Manitoba

Quotes from the Producers

“Unsung was created to connect with teenage kids that feel alone and ostracized, and we’re thrilled to hear that it has resonated with an even larger audience that loves a good underdog story.” – Jeff Spriet, Producer

“While making “Unsung” I was reminded of the great power of music, performance and art itself to heal or change lives. The young people featured in the film come from all sorts of difficult backgrounds but what unites them is the importance of community, collaboration, hard work and the transformative power of song and dance. Thank you to the Shaw Rocket Prize jury for recognizing these themes featured in the film.” – Moze Mossanen, Writer/Director/Producer

Fun Facts

  • The documentary features two show choirs: SPLASH from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and the Wexford Gleeks of Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts.
  • Both schools have won the Show Choir Canada Nationals.
  • 12 schools compete for $30,000 and the prestigious title of Canada’s Show Choir champion.

2013

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Preschool: Bookaboo, Roll Play

Children: Almost Naked Animals (Season 3), Rocket Monkeys

Youth/Family: Animism: The Gods LakeBlackbird

Daniel Tigers Neighbourhood

Winner: Preschool (5 & under)

Production Company: 9 Story Entertainment

Executive Producers: Vince Commisso, Steven Jarosz, Samantha Freeman Alpert, Kevin Morrison, Angela C. Santomero

Supervising Producers: Tanya Green, Wendy Harris

Producers: Julie Soebekti, Sarah Wallendjack

Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood is an animated preschool series featuring Daniel, a shy but brave 4 year old tiger, who lives in the beloved Neighbourhood of Make Believe. With the help of his neighbours, family, and friends – O the Owl, Prince Wednesday and Katerina Kitty – Daniel has fun and learns key skills necessary for school and for life.

Daniel’s Neighbours Think This Show is Grrr-ific!

“We are absolutely thrilled to win the Shaw Rocket Prize for Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood! 9 Story would like to thank the Shaw Rocket Prize International Jury for nominating us and our precious young fans for voting. It is incredible to see Fred Rogers’ legacy live on in this series and continue to resonate with a new generation of kids. Congratulations to the entire Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood Team for such an outstanding achievement!”
Vince Commisso, President & CEO and Steve Jarosz, Senior Vice President & COO, 9 Story Entertainment

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I like Daniel and the adventures he goes on. I like the songs that Daniel sings. I also like Daniel’s neighbours and friends. This show rocks!” – Joshua, age 5, Alberta

“I like to get up and dance to the Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood song and twirl around and do ballet moves. It always makes me happy.” – Emily, age 4, British Columbia

“I like Daniel Tiger. He’s funny and I like the songs that he sings. And I like to make believe with him.” – Zachary, age 5, Ontario

Quote from the Producers and Partner

“9 Story is thrilled to be recognized by the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize for our animated preschool series Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood. This is a tremendous honour for the entire Daniel Tiger Neighbourhood team and we are proud to be nominated alongside such an esteemed group of Canadian productions.” – Vince Commisso, President & CEO and Steve Jarosz, Senior Vice President & COO, 9 Story Entertainment

“With its unique link to the legacy of Fred Rogers, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood is a very special show for us. The Fred Rogers Company is absolutely delighted that it has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize.” – Kevin Morrison, COO, The Fred Rogers Company

Highlights

  • Inspired by a beloved character from the classic series Mister Rogers’ Neighbourhood, one of the longest running children’s programs in the U.S.
  • Top rated preschool show with kids and parents since September 2012 launch
  • 2013 Parent’s Choice Silver Award Winner and the 2013 iKids Best Animated Series Award
  • 100% distribution in the top 100 markets
  • Averages 35 million streams per month (pbskids.org/danieltiger)

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Awards & Nominations

  • iKids Awards 2013 (Kidscreen) – Winner of Best Animated Series Category
  • Parents’ Choice 2013 – Winner of the Silver Award
  • YMA Awards 2013 – Nominated for Award of Excellence

Bookaboo

Production Companies: Cité Amérique, Happy Films Limited

Program Website: cbc.ca/kidscbc

Company Website: attractionimages.ca

Executive Producers: Daniel Proulx, Josée Vallée and Martyn Freeman

Producers: Lorraine Richard, Greg Dummet and Lucy Goodman

« Bookaboo! Bookaboo! Bookaboo! » Bookaboo is a world famous drumming rock puppy who tours across Canada with his band on the bookabus, playing to packed stadiums of adoring fans. However, there’s just one hitch for our rock puppy superstar… “Without a story a day, I just can’t play!”

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“Because he’s fun and he’s creative and he’s a rock star. If you want to be a rock star when you grow up it’s a good show to watch to learn how to do it.” – Annaliese, age 5, Alberta

“I like this show because it is about books and reading and that is nice and important.” – Alyssa, age 4, Alberta

“Because I love puppies and like to follow Bookaboo on his adventures!” – Darius, Ontario

Quote from the Producer

“It is truly an honour to be nominated for Shaw’s prestigious Rocket Prize award for Best Preschool TV series. We hope that the series has a positive impact on Children’s Literacy in Canada and around the world.” – Greg Dummet, Producer, Bookaboo

Interact with Bookaboo

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Games and extras are also available in French through Radio-Canada.

Awards

The original Bookaboo series (UK season 1 and 2) has been granted the following awards:

  • BAFTA Best Pre-School Live Action
  • Priz Jeunesse 2010 Best Pre-School
  • Royal Television Society Best Children’s Programme

Roll Play

Production Company: Sinking Ship Entertainment

Company Website: sinkingship.ca

Executive Producers: J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers

Producer: Matthew J. R. Bishop

Creative Producer: Kristen McGregor

Associate Producer: Martha Sepulveda

Roll Play mixes puppet-based adventures with live action exercise for a fun mix of story-telling and physical fitness. In front of a black background, colourful puppets act out children’s stories by renowned Canadian artists. Sharing the screen with the puppets are kids who match the puppets’ actions. Children at home can jump, stomp, shimmy, roll and play along with their peers on-screen. Kids love stories, pretending and getting physical, so they not only watch, but also participate.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“I like this show because I can get up and dance with the kids and puppets!” – Olivia, age 5, Ontario

“I’m voting for this show because I watch it all the time – there are lots of different animals and kids. They act like the animals and I like being an animal too! My favourite animal is an elephant.” – Evan, age 5, Ontario

“This show is my winner because it is colourful and creative. Roll Play lets you dance and sing with them and I like doing that. I also like how all the animals move around and play. The thing I love the most is that the show tells a story each time. I love watching Roll Play because I can roll play with the animals too!” – Jasjeet, age 5, Ontario

Quote from the Producer

“We produced the first season of Roll Play 7 years ago. It was the first series that Sinking Ship ever produced entirely on its own. For Roll Play to have endured so long and for its 3rd season to be recognized by such a distinguished international jury and amongst such a spectacular array of productions makes us feel like we’ve already won. Winning $25,000 would be nice also…” – J.J. Johnson, Executive Producer and Director, Sinking Ship Entertainment

Awards

  • 2013 Shaw Rocket Prize
 Finalist for Preschool [0-5 Years]: “Roll Play”
  • 2009 Alliance for Children and Television Awards
Award of Excellence for Interstitials All Ages: “Roll Play”
  • 2008 Prix Jeunesse International Awards
Finalist – Best Up to 6 Non-Fiction for “Roll Play”
  • 2007 Gemini Awards
Nomination – “Best Preschool Series” for “Roll Play”
  • 2007 Alliance for Children and Television Awards
Award of Excellence for Interstitials All Ages: “Roll Play”

Check out this Roll Play Promo

The Next Step

Winner: Children’s (6-12)

Production Company: Temple Street Productions

Company Website: templestreetproductions.com/

Executive Producers: Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Frank van Keeken

Supervising Producer: Laura Harbin

Executive in Charge of Production: Andrea Boyd

Producer: Laurie McLarty

Co-Producers: Chloe van Keeken, Rachael Schaefer

Consulting Producers: Amy Wright, Jay Prychidny

As the A-Troupe dancers prepare for the regional dance competition, relationships and loyalties are put to the test at the Next Step studio. The Next Step Dance Studio is holding auditions for the ten dancers in A-Troupe that could take the studio to Regionals this year. With the arrival of an amazing new dancer, no performer’s spot is guaranteed.

The Next Step Wins Another Battle

“We’re delighted and honored to be awarded the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize, and on behalf of the talented cast and crew, we want to thank the Shaw Rocket Fund for recognizing The Next Step as the 2013 Children’s Program of the Year. We’d also like to thank our terrific broadcast partner, Family Channel, for their continued support of the series.” – David Fortier, Co-President & Ivan Schneeberg, Co-President, Temple Street Productions

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“This is my winner because it’s a captivating T.V. series. I had never seen The Next Step before, but after watching the 2 sample episodes, I fell in love. It is inspiring, because it teaches you to push through it, keep going, and never give up!” – Erika, age 11, Ontario

“I chose this show as a winner because I love it – it’s my all-time favourite show. It’s a great show for teenagers like me to learn the importance of growing and knowing your true inner self. TNS has taught me how to be confident and how to react to people’s problems.” – Frediana, age 12, Alberta

“I’m a dancer and have danced since I was 5 years old. It has been difficult to defend my love for dance to all my hockey buddies. This show is awesome because it really shows off the talent of both the boys and the girls. It has really great dancing, and the drama that comes along with competitive dancers. I think that the boys are great role models and seem to really love to dance. That’s why this show is a winner for me!” – Gabriel, age 12, Ontario

Quote from the Producer

“We’re tremendously proud of this nomination which wouldn’t be possible without the immensely talented Frank Van Keeken and the incredible cast and crew who have done such a wonderful job on this series. The Next Step is a fun and captivating show that has resonated well with the tween audience. We’re extremely delighted for this recognition and to be nominated amongst these other great series.” – David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Executive Producers and Co-Presidents, Temple Street Productions

Want to know more about the cast?

Here’s an On-Set Exclusive

Watch the “Stand Up and Shout” Music Video

…Now learn it with the tutorial!

Watch The Next Step Trailers

Almost Naked Animals (Season 3)

Production Company: 9 Story Entertainment

Company Website: 9story.com

Executive Producers: Vince Commisso, Steven Jarosz

Supervising Producer: Tanya Green

Producer: Tristan Homer

Based on the quirky designs of Noah Z. Jones, Almost Naked Animals features an ensemble cast of underwear-clad animals, set in a beachfront hotel named The Banana Cabana. Led by Howie, The Banana Cabana is home to mayhem, destruction and general debauchery…mostly at the hands of Howie! But he can’t take all the credit. Surrounding Howie are his best friends and fellow employees including Nervous Octo at the front desk, excitable event coordinator Bunny and handy animal Duck.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“You know, sometimes to get away from everyday life and stress you need a splash of comedy, a dose of randomness, and just a hint of weird from a good cartoon, and I think this show has just those characteristics that make an enjoyable animated comedy (except maybe the weird part… it seems to have more than just a hint!). We all know it, getting up early for Saturday morning cartoons, whether they be funny, silly, weird, random, or all of the above, cartoons are cartoons and we love them!” – Noelle, age 12, British Columbia

“I think that Almost Naked Animals should be the winner because it is a funny show. It has entertaining characters and the storyline is very amusing. It opens up my imagination and it’s creative. It is a good show for kids my age as it relates to my age group and the everyday things we do.” – Kareena, age 7, Manitoba

“I love watching this show because it is funny, and no matter how many times you watch it, it will always make you laugh. It is very entertaining, and it is funny how they only wear underwear. My favourite character is Howie because he is the funniest and always says silly stuff for no reason.” – Sanai, age 8, Saskatchewan

Quote from the Producer

“We are absolutely delighted that Almost Naked Animals has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize within the highly competitive Children 6-12 category. We congratulate the entire team that has contributed to making this show a global success.” – Vince Commisso, President & CEO, and Steve Jarosz, Senior Vice President & COO, 9 Story Entertainment

Highlights

  • The idea for the show originated from a website featuring illustrations by artist Noah Z. Jones. The site featured drawings of animals wearing only underpants, each of whom had three listed “likes” and “dislikes.” Piggy liked croutons, but disliked greedy weasels!
  • Many of Narwhal’s hilarious songs were actually improvised by the very talented Sean Cullen, who won a Canadian Screen Award for the role in 2013 (he also plays Piggy!).
  • While Bunny isn’t exactly known for her angelic voice, the actress who plays Bunny, Emilie-Claire Barlow, is a Juno-award winning jazz vocalist.
  • The alarm clock in Howie and Octo’s room is always set at 9:30am – the time that the show originally aired on YTV.

What are the Almost Naked Animals Fans Saying?

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Awards & Nominations

  • 2011 – Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series (Better Safe and Sorry by Seán Cullen) Gemini Awards
  • 2013 – Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2013 – Best Animated Program or Series Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2013 – Voice (Emily-Claire Barlow) ACTRA Awards
  • 2013 – Voice (Julie Lemieux) ACTRA Awards
  • 2013 – Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series Canadian Screen Awards
  • 2013 – Favourite TV Show BAFTA Kids Vote Awards
  • 2013 – Award of Excellence, Animation, 9-14 YMA Awards

Rocket Monkeys

Production Company: Breakthrough Entertainment

Company Website: breakthroughentertainment.com/show/rocket-monkeys

Executive Producers: Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Joan Lambur, Michael Feder, Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson

Co-Executive Producer: Mauro Casalese

Producer: Mark Evestaff

It’s monkeys in space… what could go wrong?! When battling rogue black holes, vengeful aliens, criminal masterminds, and rifts in the evil dimension, the universe turns to its bravest and brightest to save the day. When those guys are busy, the universe is stuck with the Rocket Monkeys. Inexplicably charged with carrying out all kinds of important missions, brothers Gus and Wally cause more intergalactic calamity than they could ever prevent. These monkeys may not have the brainpower of the Rocket Chickens or the guts of the Cosmosloths, but they do have a hunger for adventure. And by “adventure” we mostly mean “bananas”.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“It is funny and I love the animations. The storyline is perfect. I LOVE THIS SHOW.” – Duncan, age 10, Ontario

“Those monkeys were silly and crazy but they get a chance to prove themselves and that was neat.” – Kaden, age 8, British Columbia

“I must say that it is the funniest, silliest, most entertaining show of 2013. Gus and Wally are constantly arguing over ridiculous subjects like who can brush certain places faster. They also have YAY-OK, their Russian robot pal, help them in any situation and his accent combined with his robot voice makes it all the funnier. In my opinion it wins hands down.” – Reece, age 12, Ontario

Quote from the Producer

“We’re thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize, and delighted to be mentioned alongside this great group of fellow nominees. It’s probably not a good idea to try and get monkeys into space, but if you’re gonna do it, we recommend going with our ridiculously talented team of Canadian artists, writers, and performers.” – Mark Evestaff, Producer, Breakthrough Entertainment

Meet Gus

His thoughts on the nomination: “I so deserve this.”

Meet Wally

His thoughts on the nomination: “I’m too adorable to lose.”

Quote from YAY-OK

“Ha! Funny stuff, monkeys. But what my fur-bros are trying to say is that winning isn’t everything. However, losing is definitely nothing.” – YAY-OK

Awards

  • Leo Award – Best Animation Program or Series

The Phantoms

Winner: Youth/Family 13-17

Production Company: Dream Street Pictures Inc

Company Website: dreamstreetpictures.com

Producers: Timothy Hogan, Rick LeGuerrier

Inspired by real events, The Phantoms is a 2-hour made for television movie that follows a newly formed high school basketball team and its difficult road to success after a devastating crash takes the lives of seven players and the wife of the coach. Against all odds, the ragtag group gels as a team, advancing towards the championship while lifting the spirit of the small east coast town. The Phantoms is a moving story about determination, courage, healing, and the power of community.

It’s a Slam Dunk for The Phantoms

Producers Timothy M. Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier are: “thrilled and humbled. The kids across Canada who voted for THE PHANTOMS were clearly as taken as we were with the tale of triumph and healing in this small east coast town. Winning the Rocket Prize is a testament to the warm people of Bathurst, and to the talented cast and crew who helped us bring the story to life.”

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“This show is my winner because it demonstrates that even when bad things happen to you, you have to get up and fight back and show the world that no matter what, you will not give up. This is an inspirational story for kids everywhere and shows the true meaning of friendship and teamwork.” – Elizabeth, age 16, Ontario

“This show is my winner because it touches on a very tough subject – the death of young teens. It’s respectful, relatable, and emotionally moving. The acting is fantastic, and its director is amazing. The Phantoms is my number one choice for sure. I hope to see more of this type of show on television. Bravo to everyone involved in the creation of this project and thanks for the entertainment.” – Jennifer, age 17, Ontario

“This is an exceptional film that provides valuable insight into the life of a teenager and the various obstacles that teens face. This movie has an exceptional plot and some amazingly developed characters. It is a must see.” – Nigel, age 16, Ontario

Quotes from the Producers

“We are truly honoured to be nominated for the coveted Shaw Rocket Prize. What makes this award so special to us is that it is voted on by the very people whom this inspirational movie was meant for.” – Timothy Hogan, Producer

“The Shaw Rocket Prize nomination is truly awesome since it reflects the outstanding work by our cast and crew who were all committed to telling a story that would resonate for young people and families from coast to coast.” – Rick LeGuerrier, Producer

Highlights

  • The Phantoms was shot entirely on location in Bathurst, NB.
  • The Bathurst High School gym was used for many of the basketball game scenes.
  • The Phantoms basketball team Actors attended a two-week basketball training camp prior to filming. They were trained by Alan Doucet, the actual coach of the 2009 BHS Phantoms, along with Glenn States, the head of the Bathurst Minor Basketball Association. Both Doucet and States acted as basketball consultants for the movie, and appeared as extras in the final championship game.
  • Wally MacKinnon, who plays the role of the Coach Marc Babineau, graduated from Bathurst High School.
  • Original team members of the BHS Phantoms appear in the movie as basketball players on competing teams.
  • Many local residents, including Bathurst High School students, teachers, and parents, appear in the movie as extras or in a cameo role.

Awards

  • Second International Emmy® Kids Awards Best TV Movie/Mini-Series Nominee – Timothy Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier (Winner to be announced February 14, 2014)
  • 2013 Shaw Rocket Prize Best Youth/Family Program Nominee – Timothy Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier (Winner to be announced November 20, 2013)
  • 2013 Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards Best Screenwriting – Movies and Miniseries Winner – Andrew Wreggitt
  • 2013 Directors Guild of Canada Awards Best Direction in a Television Movie/Mini-Series Nominee – Sudz Sutherland (Winner to be announced October 26, 2013)
  • Canadian Cinema Editors 2013 Awards Best Editing in a Television Movie/Mini-series Nominee – Roslyn Kalloo

Animism: The Gods Lake

Production Company: Zeros 2 Heroes Media

Company Website: z2hmedia.com/

Program Website: animism.com

Animism chronicles the adventures of Mel Ravensfall, a 17 year old environmental activist who discovers that her efforts to save the Gods’ Lake are just the smallest skirmish in a much wilder war between the supernatural forces of the Mother, the Trickster and the Wetiko. Animism is told as a true transmedia story: the televised series is peppered with clues that lead the audience to an alternate reality game, fan fiction collection, downloadable game and augmented reality graphic novel.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“This show is AWESOME, it’s the perfect mixture of action, adventure and suspense. The storyline is great, the characters are really developed, it’s the best! No other show can beat this one, I’m 100% sure it’s gonna win. Even at the start of the show it was awesome, I got curious, it’s a story that just captures you with curiosity about what will happen. Never seen it before but I fell in love with it in the first 5 minutes of watching it – gotta go record this… Go Animism!” – Emile, age 13, British Columbia

“I love the animation! There is so much hard work put into this and the animation is amazing. Characters are awesome and background art is stunning. I actually had the privilege of speaking to someone who helped put this together and I know how many steps you have to take to make everything work! Yay!” – Lauren, age 15, Ontario

“It is a very fascinating idea, and I very much enjoy the fact that it is a 2D animation. Everything is either in 3D or live-action, and that gives this awesome-looking show a more connectable and classic feel (I’m a sucker for old cartoons). I reiterate, I think the idea’s cool! It has potential to become something really extremely magnificent.” – Veronica, age 15, New Brunswick

Blackbird

Production Company: Story Engine Pictures Inc.

Company Website: storyenginepictures.com

Program Website: blackbirdthefilm.com

Producers: Marc Almon, David Miller, Jason Buxton

Executive Producers: Thom Fitzgerald, Chad Maker

A rebellious teenager’s online postings lead to false accusations of planning a school shooting and a police investigation. Committed to prison to await trial, the teen must survive a harrowing conflict with a gang leader while fighting to redeem himself with his community and the girl he loves. Winner of Best Canadian First Feature Film at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, BLACKBIRD is a remarkable portrait of modern youth facing a dangerous hyper-connected world.

Let’s Hear from the Kids

“Great message, great meaning and interesting plot! Very relatable on a level that teenagers can understand on the subject of stereotypes and cliques. Great clip that hits home about the consequences of reality.” – Lilianne, age 17, Manitoba

“Blackbird is an exciting movie with a great plot. It hooks you from the beginning and keeps you watching until the end.” – Karley, age 14, Ontario

“This movie was amazing – I was so into it from start to finish. The characters, the acting, and the storyline itself all kept my interest. I rooted for him from start to finish and I felt it really represented what a lot of kids go through these days – maybe not to the extreme of the main character, but it shows just how easily that extreme can happen. This movie was really great!” – Jack, age 15, Nova Scotia

Quotes from the Producers

“We’re thrilled that BLACKBIRD is a finalist for the Rocket Prize. It was our aim to tell a story about teens that feels authentic and of the moment. This nomination confirms we’ve made a meaningful and engaging film that speaks to young adults.” – Marc Almon, Producer

Highlights

  • Connor Jessup was only 16 years old when the filming of BLACKBIRD took place.
  • Connor’s schedule during the 20 days of filming was demanding, as his character Sean appears in every scene. In addition, Connor was required to do two hours of tutoring every day on set in order to maintain his A+ average
  • Connor performed numerous on set interviews for the upcoming premiere of his hit television show “Falling Skies”
  • Despite the grueling schedule, Connor loved the experience of being on set and consistently met the challenges posed by working on a low-budget independent film.
  • Jason Buxton, the writer/director, worked on the screenplay for BLACKBIRD for four years prior to filming.
  • Jason interviewed numerous young adults who experienced living in foster homes or spent time in juvenile detention facilities, including the real-life prison Waterville. The result is a remarkably authentic portrait of teens in trouble with the law.

Awards & Nominations

  • 2013 Masterworks Arts Award Finalist (Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia)
  • 2013 Shaw Rocket Prize Finalist
  • 2013 Winner, Special Jury Prize – Seattle International Film Festival
  • 2013 Winner, Grand Prize – Cannes Junior
  • 2013 Winner, Best World Feature – Sonoma International Film Festival
  • 2013 Winner, Claude Jutra Award Best Debut Feature – Academy of Canadian Cinema
  • 2013 Nominated, Best Screenplay – Academy of Canadian Cinema
  • 2013 Nominated, Best Editing – Academy of Canadian Cinema
  • 2012 Winner, Best Canadian First Feature Film – Toronto International Film Festival
  • 2012 Winner, Best Canadian Feature Film – Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 2012 Winner, Best Feature Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay – Atlantic Film Festival

Watch the trailer

2012

Winners

My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Season 1

Production Company: Fresh TV Inc.

Producer: Brian Irving

My Babysitter’s A Vampire! is a special effects enhanced live-action adventure comedy. It follows the heroics of a group of three geeky, sci-fi loving dudes, Ethan, Benny & Rory and their smoking hot vampire babysitter, Sarah and her BFF Erica as they defend their town against an avalanche of scary supernatural phenomena.

From the International Jury

“My Babysitter’s a Vampire is funny, smart, relevant and highly entertaining. A quality production that offers the audience equal doses of comedy, drama, tension, great characters and just a touch of gore!” – Layla Lewis

From the Kids

“This show is the best!!! I have seen ALL of the episodes and it is well-written, has good acting, is funny, and the theme is grabbing. A+! This show is my winner!” – Mariah, Quebec

Awards

  • 2012 Shaw Rocket Prize – WINNER – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (Season 1)
  • 2011 Gemini Awards – NOMINATION – My Babysitter’s a Vampire Movie – Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie
  • 2011 Gemini Awards – NOMINATION – My Babysitter’s a Vampire Movie – Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role (Atticus Mitchell)
  • 2011 Shaw Rocket Prize – NOMINATION – My Babysitter’s a Vampire (MOW)

Videos

The Company

A full-service production and development company based in Toronto, Fresh is the force behind Teletoon’s #1 hit series 6TEEN, Canada’s first internationally recognized tween ‘brand’. Fresh is also the creator of TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, the world’s first animated reality show. An instant hit with family audiences, TDI has inspired a ‘Total Drama’ franchise.

The secret to Fresh’s success?

A dog-like devotion to tweens and teens everywhere.

We respect them. We relate to them. We are hell-bent on understanding them. And we hunger for their approval.

This zeal – combined with meticulous field research, a pulse on pop culture, and a sixth sense for trends – inspires riveting plots, real characters, sticky dialogue, serious laughs, and massive numbers of fanatically loyal viewers.

Justin Time

Production Company: Guru Studio

Producers: Mary Bredin, Frank Falcone

Looking for adventure? Then come along as Justin and his imaginary pals Olive and Squidgy star in the biggest stories of all time, told from every corner of the world! Justin’s everyday preschool challenge sets the stage for adventure as they ride rockets into space, discover new worlds with the Vikings, and chase Cleopatra’s cat through Egypt! His faithful clay friend Squidgy is always there to help, and Olive is always a friendly face in every new place!

From the International Jury

“Justin Time is an intelligent and well produced program for the audience that is more and more important to broadcasters and rather infrequently targeted of 4 to 6 year old children. Congratulations to the many Guru teams and to all those who have contributed to imagining and creating a programme that will quickly become a classic of children’s television around the world.” – Julien Borde, France 3

From the Creators

“We are so happy the judges have chosen Justin Time for the Shaw Rocket Prize Kids Jury. I think the kids will really enjoy the energetic and imaginative stories we’ve put on the screen for them. We’re tremendously encouraged to be recognized for all of the hard work we’ve put into our first series. Thank you!” – Frank Falcone Executive Producer, Guru Studio Creative Director & President

“On Justin Time, we worked hard to bring a big screen experience to the small screen and it’s a great honour to be recognized by our industry. I’m thrilled that our show is nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize.” – Harold Harris Director

“Justin Time is Guru Studio’s first original production and it has been a wonderful journey developing it to where it is today. To be selected as a finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize by its incredible international jury is a great honour.” – Brandon James Scott Creator & Art Director

From the Kids

“I like watching this show because this show and me have many things in common. I love to use my imagination and play and pretend. I am very creative and love to go on new adventures and explore new things. I really love pirates and vikings and things like that. This show is creative and adventurous and helps you to use your imagination and takes you on great adventures too. I think it should be the winner!!” – Garrett British Columbia

Awards

  • 2012 Pixie Platinum Award winner
  • 2012 Ottawa International Animation Film Festival – Best TV Animation Made for Kids nomination
  • 2011 Ottawa International Animation Film Festival Official Selection – TAC Canadian TV Showcase

From the Voice Actor

“Justin Time truly stands out for its unique feel and poignant storytelling. This show really delivers to children what they need most: limitless imagination and fun. It’s been a blast exploring my inner child through Squidgy!” – Scott McCord Voice Actor – “Squidgy”

From the Broadcaster

“We’re thrilled with Justin Time and how it successfully invokes curiosity and adventure for inquisitive young minds. This series is a first class production with high-quality animation and a unique storytelling approach.” – Sarah Haasz, Production Executive, Astral Kids

From the Fans

“My 4 year-old son loves Justin Time. He watches it whenever he can!” – Brian F. Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

“…My son and youngest daughter loved the show so much they asked to watch it two times through. I have a feeling it will be a new weekend favourite.” – Julia G Nugglemama.ca

“When my 5 year old son and 8 year old daughter watched the first few episodes they were captivated by the fun nature of the adventures that Justin and his faithful pals embark on. They both remained intrigued during the entire show in order to find out just how the adventures panned out.” – Erica Survival4moms.com

“As soon as my boys saw the chariot episode they asked about where they were from and it opened a conversation about the Romans and how chariots were their mode of transportation more than 4,000 years ago.” – Lisa A. Growingyourbaby.com

“The destinations are real places in the world. The first episode we watched brought Justin to the Coliseum in Rome, another brought him to the Galapagos Island. We even pulled out our tour guide books after the show and looked at these real places in the world. That really interested the kids too – to see just what these places are like ‘in real life’. When I told them Mama and Papa MOE have been to the Coliseum in Rome, their eyes lit up! And of course the next question was “can we go there one day?”, that I loved. Not only were the episodes engaging, they were educational in a fun way. And the level of information was perfect for their age.” – Julia M. Askmamamoe.blogspot.ca

“The series encourages using your imagination, building trust and teamwork among friends making it perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners.” – Amanda Naturalmommie.com

Fun Facts

  • Gage Munroe (the voice of Justin) is sometimes mistaken for Justin Bieber. (No way!) He has also starred in Mr. Moon, My Big Big Friend and Stoked. Gage’s latest memorable moment was walking down the red carpet at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Jenna Warren (the voice of Olive) has also performed on The Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show, Monster Math Squad and an upcoming series called The Doozers. Sometimes Jenna likes to wear her favourite fluffy bunny slippers to recording sessions. (Comfort is key to a great performance!)
  • Scott McCord (the voice of Squidgy) is also the man behind the voices of Dan on Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Owen on Total Drama Island and Yang on Yin! Yang! Yo! In addition to yodeling, Scott likes to sing and play guitar with his band Scott McCord and the Bonafide Truth.

Interact

Say hello to Squidgy! Sprung from his tub of Kooky Klay and straight into your child’s imagination, he’s full of surprises! Toddlers and preschoolers will giggle with delight as they squish, poke, whirl, pinch and fling him every which way they can. And stay tuned, soon Squidgy and his friends Justin and Olive will be heading for big adventures around the world! Available on the iTunes store

Join Justin, Olive, and Squidgy through three fun and exciting games inspired by their adventures. Intuitive controls and addictive gameplay will provide hours of entertainment to your child: Meatball Mayhem, Bubble Blitz, Tumble &apm; Tilt. Available on the iTunes store

The Company

Guru Studio is a leader in character driven entertainment for children. The company’s first original production, animated preschool series Justin Time, has met with tremendous success around the world. Guru also boasts a history of international commercial and television series work, including the Emmy and Gemini Award-winning preschool series The Backyardigans for Nelvana/Nick Jr, Babar and The Adventures of Badou for Nelvana/Treehouse and Mudpit for Cookie Jar/Teletoon. Led by President and Creative Director Frank Falcone and VP Mary Bredin, Guru Studio is a creative-focused entertainment company that provides a full spectrum of production services, including animation, concept development, financing, marketing and distribution of animated content on all platforms.

Là Est La Question!

Production Company: Productions La Fête Inc.

Producer: Chantal Lafleur

That… is the question! is a weekly television magazine consisting of thirteen 25-minute shows, that resolutely wanders off the beaten track. The starting point of each episode is simple: 4 friends aged 12-14 find themselves in a public environment (skate park, water slides, treeGO…) and get set to embark on an adventure or participate in a special activity.

Là est la question! offers 4 entertaining reports in different formats, altogether a weekly excursion into a world that often seems far away but is really right under our noses.

In the program, each activity serves as the pretext for the posing of 4 questions that send the intrepid young reporters all around town or into the countryside, where they invariably discover, via energetic and imaginative reporting, that science is everywhere, even where it’s least expected. They realize that science is not just chemical formulas or intricate calculations, but that it is an integral part of everyday life.

“Young people are a priority for TFO. Our content must stimulate kids’ imaginations in an intelligent way. Not a small challenge but one to which the producers of Là est la question! have strongly risen, developing a show and an associated web site that renders science at once interesting and entertaining,” said Marie Masse, principal director of web-TV content for Groupe Média TFO.

“This series, produced exclusively for TFO by Productions La Fête, is now in its second season and is an excellent manifestation of the multi-platform strategy of Groupe Média TFO, offering prize-winning educational and cultural multimedia content. TFO is the largest creator and broadcaster of French-language educational products in Canada.”

From the International Jury

“La Est Le Question! is a unique take on an informational series because it introduces viewers to a cast of characters that they’ll care about and want to find out more about. The factual aspects of the show were different and will bring kids into the more educational aspects of the show!” – Larry Schwarz Larry Schwarz & His Band

From the Producer

“Recently, at the water slide, at the Go Kart or at the skate park, the young hosts of Là est la question! have become increasingly recognized in public, showing how the program has caught on with young viewers. For the entire cast and crew and for TFO, being nominated for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize is a wonderful recognition. We are delighted by the honour!” – Chantal Lafleur Producer

From the Cast

“I am very happy that we received this nomination. The teamwork on the show has made the experience unique, funny and adventurous. It is fantastic working with three good friends and we are very proud of the result. Thanks to all our fans!” – Tamara

“I am really happy to see that all the effort we put into the show is paying off! It’s an honour to be nominated for this prize and to work with such a wonderful team like the one on Là est la question! Many thanks!!” – Gabrielle

“I really enjoyed the experience and all the amazing scientific reporting we did. I’m really happy to have met three incredible friends through this show!” – Adrien

“I’m very honoured we are nominated for this prize! Thanks to all our viewers!!” – Olivier

From the Kids

“I chose this show because I think these episodes are very informative and fun at the same time. I love having fun and learning and this program gives me the opportunity as I think the actors are very convincing, and it seems they are also very nice. My favorite show was the visit to the dentist because I found it very funny that Gabrielle is afraid of the dentist!” – Clara Quebec

Awards

  • Winner for 2012 Youth Media Alliance: Best TV series – Kids’ Choice award
  • Winner for 2012 Gémeaux Award: Best research – Youth series
  • Nominated for 2012 Gémeaux Award: Best Youth series – magazine
  • Nominated for 2012 Banff World Media Festival: Children’s program non-fiction
  • Nominated for 2012 Youth Media Alliance: Award of Excellence – Stimulation of Imagination and Creativity
  • Nominated for 2012 Youth Media Alliance: Award of Excellence for best convergent project
  • Nominated for 2012 Numix: Convergence production: youth

Interact

The Là est la question site is designed as a dynamic portal offering a collection of games along with information on the TV series and a contest. The concept of the Là est le jeu game derives from the classic board games, that is at once simple and original. The player confronts Sprints (ultra-fast mini-games) and solves Posers (short scientific questions). The Sprints and Posers will extend from questions and topics touched upon in the weekly TV series. The player is also allowed to construct his/her own board game, publish his creation and share it with other players, which makes this game unique. The portal will offers a variety of new content, week after week, thanks to the participation of the players.

The Company

Founded in 1980, La Fête produced Tales for All, a collection of 22 films aimed at family audiences. Several of the Tales for All became family classics and many international film festivals have organized retrospectives of the collection earning La Fête over 200 awards throughout the world. To date, La Fête has produced 28 feature films, some 50 hours of documentaries, 6 mini-series for worldwide television and one animation series.

On the television side, Chantal Lafleur and her amazing team has produced for La Fête CineMission (2007-8), a TV series of 26 half hours intended to initiate 8-12 year-olds into the exciting world of filmmaking, MusiMission (2008-9) a 26-part half-hour TV series whose goal is to demystify the entire contemporary world of song-making and “Là est la question!” (2010-11) a 26-part half-hour science TV series whose goal is to get kids to discover that science is an integral part of everyday life.

Stella and Sam, Season 2

Production Company: Radical Sheep Productions Inc

Producer: John Leitch

Based on the award-winning best-selling book series by Marie-Louise Gay. Independent, brave, adventurous Stella, has something to say about everything – the best kind of big sister… especially when your name is Sam and you’re eager to explore the world and learn all that it has to offer! When Stella explains things to her little brother, what she says can be plausible or preposterous. And whatever it is she says, you can be certain that it will make you smile.

From the International Jury

“Stella and Sam is both beautiful and true to the original book series. It also offers a truly immersive digital site, providing kids with a narrative gaming experience that allows them to delve deeper into both the characters and stories in a compelling way.” – Andrew Beecham, Sprout

From the Producer

“We are so thrilled to be nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize. This is a tremendous honour for our entire Stella and Sam team. Congratulations to all other nominees as well. We are proud to be amongst such fine Canadian productions.” – John Leitch, President of Radical Sheep Productions

From the Kids

“Sam is so funny and Stella is a super nice big sister! They have fun together and always play outside!” – Braeden, Alberta

Awards

Gemini Awards

  • Best Pre-School Program or Series: Nomination 2011
  • Best Cross-Platform Project – Children’s and Youth (Zinc Roe Inc.): Nomination 2011
  • Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series – Rachel Marcus: Nomination 2011
  • Best Performance in an Animated Program or Series – Miles Johnson: Nomination 2011

ACTRA Awards

  • Outstanding Performance – Voice: Rachel Marcus and Miles Johnson – Nomination 2012
  • Outstanding Performance – Voice: Robbie FitzRoy – Nomination 2012

Banff Media Festival

  • Fiction Rockie Award: CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS (2+): Nominee 2012
  • Fiction Rockie Award: CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS (2+): Winner 2011

Annecy International Animation Film Festival

  • Special Award for a TV Series 2012

Prix Jeunesse International

  • Up to 6 Fiction: Nomination, 2nd Runner Up 2012

Youth Media Alliance

  • Grand Prize: Best Program – All Categories: Winner 2011

Japan Prize

  • Best Work in Pre-School: Runner Up 2011

Cynopsis: Kids Imagination Awards

  • TV Series based on Books: Honourable Mention 2012

Golden Sheaf Awards

  • Excellence in children’s and Youth Production: Nomination 2011

American Pixel Academy

  • Platinum Pixie Award 2011 – “Night Fairies”: Winner 2011

The Company

With over 400 episodes of award-winning television and successful licensing programs, Radical Sheep has grown to be one of the most highly-acclaimed children’s television producers in North America. The creation of enduring characters and stories lies at the heart of Radical’s success. Perhaps Radical’s greatest achievements are Stella and Sam, which currently airs on Disney Jr. and The Big Comfy Couch, a Gemini-award winning series for pre-schoolers, which produced seven seasons and aired for over ten years on Treehouse (Canada), PBS (US) and around the world.

That’s So Weird, Season 3

Production Company: DHX Media Ltd

That’s So Weird! is what happens when seven unlikely friends stumble upon a third rate television network called So Weird TV, where the programming is even weirder than the name. That’s So Weird! is a live-action sketch comedy series produced by Halifax Film with YTV. Featuring an ensemble cast of seven young, talented sketch players, the series will provide a weekly slice of the outrageous and bizarre programs generated by the teen-operated network So Weird TV.

From the International Jury

“This type of show is not that easy to pull off, as it relies on a very large cast to constantly deliver in a variety of sketches. What this show has done very well is nurture the Canadian talent to set them to be the stars of the future.” – Jules Borkent

From the Producer

“DHX Media is very proud to be recognized by the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize for our sketch comedy series “That’s So Weird.” It’s a tremendous tribute to the producers, cast and crew of the series and we’re honored to share the nomination with so many other excellent Canadian children’s programs.”

From the Actors

“I’m more excited than Lady Gaga at a butcher.” – AJ Vaage

“Shaw Rocket Prize would sure look good in my house. Also, I’d like to have a house.” – Alana Johnston

“I’m still looking for my parents’ approval, so I’m hoping this helps.” – James Hartnett

From the Kids

“This is an amazing group of comedians. Hands down the best!” – Hannah, Ontario

Popular Characters

  • Logan and Wilf are 10 yr. old boys (played by women) who are always in trouble
  • Jerrod, the Raptor Kid, who changes into a dangerous velociraptor
  • Uncle Fun Times- a character who brings fun to inappropriate situations…like funerals

Awards

  • Gemini NOMINATIONS: 2010 & 2011 – Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
  • 2010 – Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
  • 2010 – Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series (Kayla Lorette)
  • WON – Canadian Comedy Award – 2011 for Best Performance by an Ensemble

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The Company

DHX Media is an international leader in television production and distribution, interactive content and entertainment licensing. DHX Kids and Wildbrain Entertainment focus on children, family and youth markets while DHX Entertainment focuses on primetime programming. With offices in Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Los Angeles and three award-winning production facilities, including the recently acquired Wildbrain Entertainment, DHX Media is the producer or co-producer of over 40 original television series and maintains a library of over 2,300 hours of television productions that covers both animated and live action programming and includes world-recognized series such as Franny’s Feet, Animal Mechanicals, Kid vs Kat, Angela Anaconda, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Martha Speaks and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

2011

Winners

Wingin’ It, Season 2

Production Company: Temple Street Productions

Producers: Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Frank van Keeken

THIS SHOW HAS WINGS

The kids have spoken – the magic, wit and creativity in Wingin’ It have made the show a winner! The prestigious $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize has been awarded to Wingin’ It for being voted the best in Canadian kids’ programming.

Wingin’ It is a comedic tween TV show highlighting the misadventures of a teenage odd couple – Carl Montclaire (Dylan Everett, How to be Indie) a typical teenager trying to survive high school, and ‘Angel-in-Training’ (A.I.T.) Porter Jackson (Demetrius Joyette, The Latest Buzz) who is trying to earn his angel wings by making Carl the most popular guy in school.

Wingin’ It was selected as one of the top five finalists by our International Jury of esteemed industry professionals, after being judged for quality and content of its online presence and the show itself. The Kids Jury was just as impressed, and selected it as the grand prize winner after watching episodes of the show and interacting with it through the website.

POPULARITY RULES AMONG THE JURORS

“It shows you about friendship, there was lots of imagination, there was lots of fun, lots of action, and I liked the song at the end.” – Shanice, 6, Winnipeg

“I like Wingin’ It because it shows me that you do not have to be cool to make friends. Just be who you really are!” – Mathea, 8, Schomberg

“Well, first of all I love the idea of magic! For me, it’s always cool to see how much the writers think outside of the box. I can’t imagine how they would actually think of these ideas! When I grow up, I want to be a writer for Wingin’ It, & I’ve wanted that to happen since the first episode launched. This is why I like… I mean LOVE, Wingin’ It!” – Emily, 10, Edmonton

“I like it because it is very intriguing, and I find it hilarious. I am a big fan of Dylan Everett, the boy who plays Carl in Wingin’ It. In every season of this show, they always bring something new, fresh, funny and unique from all other shows. Big thumbs up to this amazing show!” – Jonathan, 11, Calgary

“Wingin’ It takes the recognisable setting of High School, mixes it with the everyday challenges of young people coming to terms with growing up, and twists it with a little bit of magic to create stories which are engaging and above all great fun!” – Michael Carrington, CCO, EMEA, Turner Broadcasting

IN THE PRODUCERS’ EYES, WINNING IS DIVINE

“WOW! This is amazing!!!! Winning the Shaw Rocket Prize is extra special because it’s awarded by a very important judging panel – the kids! From all of us at Wingin’ It we want to extend our thanks to the Shaw Rocket Prize International Jury for nominating us and to our fans for being our divine inspiration for the show, interacting with our cast, and for sharing their experiences and triumphs! The new season of Wingin’ It brings new challenges for Carl and Porter, but we know they will find a way to have fun while learning important life lessons too.” – David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg

THE MAGIC BEHIND PRODUCTION

Temple Street is a television and film production and distribution company based in Toronto, Canada. Our reputation as one of Canada’s leading production houses is borne out of the quality and diversity of the programming we produce. From Emmy award winning cable features, to boundary-pushing dramatic and comedy series, to gripping reality and lifestyle shows, our past and current slates highlight our commitment to producing world class, commercial projects in all genres and for all types of media.

Find out more about Temple Street productions here: http://www.templestreetproductions.com

Dirtgirlworld

Production Company: DHX Media Ltd.

Producers: Janice Walker, Steven DeNure, Beth Stevenson

Synopsis

dirtgirl’s backyard is full of friends. There’s ScrapBoy, her best friend, a cow punk who’s a whiz with junk, Grubby with her worm’s eye view, Ken, a super stunt star weevil, Roger the Rooster and The chicks, Hayman the monosyllabic scarecrow, and The Green Thumbs… real kids in real gardens having unreal fun.

dirtgirlworld is a place of bizarre insects, underground tunnels, and performing stunt bugs. Funky pop songs, guitars with attitude, beats, grooves and loops all blended with a tractor, make up the infectiously cool music in dirtgirlworld. This musicentric series explores the natural world and invites the audience to ‘go get grubby’ in the big world outside.

Since dirtgirlworld first burst onto screens she has also been busting out into the real world and bringing her infectious fun filled attitude to eco living to kids around the planet.

Most importantly there are the stories from the fans; the green thumbs; the dirtgirlworld great global family. From kids with giant pumpkins, crooked carrots, grubby hands, spectacular birthday cakes, parrots that sing along to the show, fascinations with orange tractors, monster worms and spectacular veggie gardens, we receive letters, drawings and photos.

There’s an army of positive planet loving preschoolers out there. They grow trees and clouds (broccoli and cauliflower), giant tomatoes, enormous spuds, super salads and giant sunflowers. There are active, engaged, and funny dirtgirls and scrapboys everywhere…the next generation of worm farmers, recyclers and stargazers.

From the International Jury

“dirtgirlworld has an amazing connection with young children. It’s a fresh dynamic pre-school series that inspires children to understand nature and the great outdoors. Its use of animation and photorealistic images, together with its uplifting original music makes this a special and unique series.” – Michael Carrington Chief Content Officer, EMEA Turner Broadcasting

From the Producer

“The nomination for the Shaw Rocket Prize is great news for the whole dirtgirlworld team! dirtgirlworld is a unique collaboration between talented people in Canada and Australia, and between broadcasters in Canada (CBC), Australia (ABC) and the UK (Cebeebies). To be recognized by the International Jury is fantastic and the nomination for the Shaw Rocket Prize is unique in that it is ultimately the kids who decide!” – Steven DeNure President & COO DHX Media Ltd.

From the Kids Jury

“I liked everything. I liked dirtgirl’s song and I liked Ken, he was funny. And I liked the game, planting the vegetables and watching them grow!” – Dexter Age 4

Awards

dirtgirlworld has received many awards and nominations, including:

  • Winner of the 2010 GRASS Awards for green production of the year, Australian Directors Guild
  • Nominated at the 2010 Prix Jeunesse Festival
  • Nominated for 2010 International BAFTA for best children’s production
  • Winner of the 2010 AFI for best children’s animation series

Charity: Australian Conservation Foundation

dirtgirl has just become an eco-ambassador for the ACF, featuring on the cover of the July issue of habitat, the charity’s membership magazine, which has a circulation of 30,000 and goes to all schools in Australia. (Download the online version) Through this partnership and dirtgirl’s leadership (including her regular kids column in habitat) we hope to help ACF build its junior membership base.

Interact

www.dirtgirlworld.com – a portal to all dirtgirlworld sites and experiences, including:

www.dirtgirlworldshop.com.au our eco-store selling a limited range of club merchandise.

Here’s an idea for a Halloween costume…

The Company

DHX Media is an international leader in television production and distribution, interactive content and entertainment licensing, with an emphasis on children, family and youth markets. With offices in Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Los Angeles and three award-winning production facilities, including the recently acquired Wildbrain Entertainment, DHX Media is the producer or co-producer of over 40 original television series and maintains a library of over 2,300 hours of television productions that covers both animated and live action programming and includes world-recognized series such as Franny’s Feet, Animal Mechanicals, Kid vs Kat, Angela Anaconda and Martha Speaks.

My Babysitter’s a Vampire, The Movie

Production Company: Fresh TV Inc.

Producers: Brian Irving, Jennifer Pertsch, George Elliott, Tom McGillis

Synopsis

When geeky 14-year-old Ethan gets stuck with a smokin’ hot babysitter (awkward!) and she turns out to be a fledging vampire, he and his geeky friend get dragged into a nightmare mission to stop her blood-sucking ex-boyfriend Jesse from taking over the town. Ethan realizes that he, Sarah and his friends may be all that stand between life as they knew it… and the end of the world.

My Babysitter’s a Vampire is a show that understands how the tween audience “gets” genre – and how they love seeing genres mashed together and turned on their heads. Fresh TV mixed up this comedy/action/horror especially for these media-savvy kids, and from the overwhelming fan reaction, they hit the mark bang-on!

The property’s dedicated fang fans are declaring their excitement for My Babysitter’s a Vampire all over YouTube and Facebook, and are just chomping at the bit for more hilarious action from their favourite unlikely team-up of geeks and vampires!

From the Kids Jury

“I love this show! It is just full of action and it is 100% downright HILARIOUS! Plus, it’s Canadian! The characters are so deep and well rounded. They’re easy to relate to and just plain fun to watch. I also like the whole supernatural vibe it gives off. It’s spooky but just enough so that it’s still fun to watch. My Babysitter’s a Vampire has to be my absolute favourite show right now. I would recommend this show to anybody. My family likes it too.” – Ekene Age 12

From the International Jury

“This is one of the most interesting live action movies on the market, in the best tradition of Who is Afraid of the Dark. Children love to be scared and to have a laugh at the same time – and with My Babysitter’s a Vampire, they get it.” – Nicole Keeb ZDF

From the Producer

“Fresh TV and TELETOON are psyched that My Babysitter’s A Vampire is short listed for the Shaw Rocket Prize. The launch on TELETOON entertained huge numbers of kids across Canada and around the world. This prestigious international prize means so much to our entire team. Now it’s time for our audience to step up and vote.” – Tom McGillis President Fresh TV Inc.

From the Cast

“I feel very honoured to be nominated and recognized, especially with the likes of other great Canadian TV shows.” – Matthew

“I’m glad our hard work is paying off! It’s an honour to be nominated.” – Atticus

“I think it’s an amazing gift to be nominated for this prestigious award. I want to thank all of our viewers for their great support and love. As well as the cast, crew and production team by making us look good and putting up with so many shenanigans.” – Cameron

“I think it’s fantastic! I’m honoured to have amazing and supportive fans.” – Kate

“It has been an honour working with such an amazing cast and crew – without them and most importantly our fans I wouldn’t have had this opportunity. Love them all! Thanks for making an actor’s dream come true.” – Vanessa

Awards

  • Nominated for 2011 Gemini Award: Best Dramatic Mini-Series or TV Movie
  • Nominated for 2011 Gemini Award: Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series (Atticus Mitchell)
  • Nominated for 2011 DGC Award: Best Direction – TV Movie/Mini-Series (Bruce McDonald)
  • Nominated for 2011 DGC Award: Best Production Design – TV Movie/Mini-Series (Ingrid Jurek)

The Company

A full-service production and development company based in Toronto, Fresh is the force behind Teletoon’s #1 hit series 6TEEN, Canada’s first internationally recognized tween ‘brand’. Fresh is also the creator of TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, the world’s first animated reality show. An instant hit with family audiences, TDI has inspired a ‘Total Drama’ franchise.

The secret to Fresh’s success? A dog-like devotion to tweens and teens everywhere.

We respect them. We relate to them. We are hell-bent on understanding them. And we hunger for their approval.

This zeal – combined with meticulous field research, a pulse on pop culture, and a sixth sense for trends – inspires riveting plots, real characters, sticky dialogue, serious laughs, and massive numbers of fanatically loyal viewers.

Find out more about Fresh TV Inc. here: http://www.freshtvinc.com/

Survive This, Season 2

Production Company: 9 Story Entertainment

Producers: Vince Commisso, Steven Jarosz, Les Stroud, David Brady, Barry Davis

Synopsis

Survive This is an exciting series that challenges youth to push their limits, overcome their fears and develop lifelong survival skills. Hosted by Les Stroud (a.k.a. “Survivorman”), each episode aims to test endurance, wit and self-determination.

Eight teenagers, aged 14 to 17, are sent to Survival School and are then thrust into various survival challenges over the course of the 13-episode series. After Stroud gives the group some direction, they are left to their own devices to build a shelter, find food, water, and make fire… all while exposed to the harsh North American wilderness. The challenges get more and more demanding as the series progresses, forcing the group to be innovative and courageous, applying the skills that Stroud taught them. After each survival challenge Stroud offers guidance and feedback. He asks each participant: “Who wants out?” This gives each the opportunity to end his or her journey and head back to the comforts of home.

Les challenges the eight participants physically, emotionally and mentally – placing them in situations of intense pressure where their lives are put on the line. The result? Emotions run wild, alliances form and conflicts erupt as the participants get to know each other. From a dramatic start to a powerful finish, the participants learn that if they can make it through this, they can make it through anything!

Survive This is the journey of a lifetime. It’s the ULTIMATE wilderness adventure that changes the lives of eight teenagers forever.

From the Kids Jury

“I love this show because it shows us the hardship of surviving in the wild, but also the meaning of leadership; also I like this show because where I come from, in Labrador, it is very much like the outdoors on the show and we face the same stuff they do on here. I JUST LOVE THIS SHOW!” – Mackenzie Age 12

From the International Jury

“SURVIVE THIS is an excellent reality-entertainment series, in which the participants overcome awesome real-life challenges out in the wild. Most importantly, the series demonstrates that experiencing life’s challenges matters more than winning prizes – there are no “losers” in this show.” – Tim Brooke-Hunt Controller Children’s ABC TV

From the Producer

“The Shaw Rocket Fund is known worldwide as one of the industry’s leading supporters of quality programming that provides value and enrichment for children and youth. Survive This is centered on challenging and empowering youth to find their inner strength, so it’s a particular honour to have our work with Les Stroud recognized as a finalist for this important prize.” – Steven Jarosz Senior Vice President and COO 9 Story Entertainment

Learning with Survival School

Before meeting up with Les the eight participants were sent to Survival School for three days in a “summer camp” like setting. Here they learned from wilderness expert and Les’ own mentor, David Arama, basic survival skills like how to build a shelter, start a fire, find food, purify water, first aid and mental conditioning. They also went through endurance training and learned special skills, like navigation, that would be beneficial throughout their experience.

Meet the Host: Les Stroud

Best known as the star of the popular, six-time Gemini nominated, hit TV series Survivorman, the Gemini nominated series Les Stroud: Beyond Survival, and the three time nominated kids series Survive This, Les Stroud continues to forge new pathways as a prolific, creative force.

The only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone, Stroud is credited with starting a new genre of television known as ‘Survival TV’.

He is a celebrated and captivating keynote speaker, musician and bestselling author.

Les was nominated for the Canadian National Magazine awards in the Best Travel Writer category. A proud member of the Explorers Club, Les contributes to dozens of charities and benefits, is a champion for environmental causes and ocean preservation, specifically the worldwide ban on shark finning, and is an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces.

The Company

9 Story is a world-class, fully integrated production studio with creative, production and distribution capabilities. With a mandate of turning quality programming into enduring brands with world-wide appeal, 9 Story works with top level talent and partners in order to reach global markets by means of multiple delivery channels.

9 Story consistently provides its audiences with an ever-evolving world of entertainment. It also offers its partners and broadcasters a continuously expanding roster of high-quality product that is produced and delivered with the highest possible standards-the very standards that have come to exemplify the 9 Story brand.

Find out more about 9 Story Entertainment here: http://www.9story.com/

Wibbly Pig

Production Company: 9 Story Entertainment

Producers: Vince Commisso, Tristan Homer, Will Jordan, Will Brenton, Helen Cadwallader, Steven Jarosz, Natalie Osborne, Iain Lauchlan

Synopsis

Wibbly Pig is an animated preschool comedy series that takes the daily routine of a young child and finds humor and fun in every part of it. From day to day activities like getting into bed, to fantasy play like going to the moon, Wibbly turns the simplest tasks into a comedy routine, sharing it with his very best friend – the viewer.

Based on the hugely successful Wibbly Pig books by Mick Inkpen, which have sold over 2.2 million copies worldwide, the series manages to capture the magic and gorgeous look of the books. Wibbly engages the viewer by talking directly to the camera. This makes the viewer feel safe, included, involved and most of all, important.

With highly regarded Creative and Educational Consultants onboard to ensure age-appropriate learning in every episode, preschoolers will gain a variety of skills including:

  • Early Academics: colors, shapes, numbers via preschool activities.
  • Social Skills: interactivity with the viewer and friends
  • Imaginative Play: springboards and inspirational ideas to fire-up children’s play and imaginations

Learning will also be reinforced through song in every episode.

The Voice Behind Wibbly Pig: Liam Tully

11-year-old Liam Tully played the voice of Wibbly Pig and often describes it as the highlight of his career. Since then Liam has moved on to do voice work for Franklin and hopes to do a movie one day. When asked what his favourite part of acting on Wibbly was he said, “Is it OK to say the catered lunches?”

Liam also loved the singing he had to do on the show and says it’s one thing he has in common with Wibbly, “… like Wibbly I have a propensity to burst into song at the drop of a hat. I guess we’re different in shape though. I’m pretty skinny!”

When he’s not acting Liam is usually on the ice playing hockey, his first love. Liam is very happy and honoured that Wibbly Pig is a Shaw Rocket Prize Finalist, “I feel very, very special,” he says.

From the Kids Jury

“I love this show, me and my big brother sit down every day to watch it! He cheers me up when I’m down, and I even named my dog “Wibbly” cause I love this show soo much 🙂 ” – Jaykob Age 5

From the International Jury

“Wibbly Pig is easy to identify as an outstanding programme thanks to its heartwarming characters, sweetly told stories, lovable design and beautiful music.” – Nicole Keeb ZDF

From the Producer

“Wibbly Pig is a special project for us as we took great care in bringing the magic, joyful humour and unique creative look of the successful book series to television. We are delighted that our efforts have been recognized by being chosen as a finalist for the prestigious Shaw Rocket Prize.” – Vince Commisso President and CEO 9 Story Entertainment

The Company

9 Story is a world-class, fully integrated production studio with creative, production and distribution capabilities. With a mandate of turning quality programming into enduring brands with world-wide appeal, 9 Story works with top level talent and partners in order to reach global markets by means of multiple delivery channels.

9 Story consistently provides its audiences with an ever-evolving world of entertainment. It also offers its partners and broadcasters a continuously expanding roster of high-quality product that is produced and delivered with the highest possible standards-the very standards that have come to exemplify the 9 Story brand.

Find out more about 9 Story Entertainment here: http://www.9story.com/

2010

Winners

Dino Dan

Production Company: Sinking Ship Entertainment

Producers: J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, Matt Bishop

The Predator Catches its Prey

The imagination, wit and creativity used in Dino Dan have paid off – it has won the prestigious $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize for being voted the best in Canadian kids’ programming for ages 6-12!

Dino Dan is an entertaining and educational TV show about a 10-year-old boy who loves interacting with dinosaurs in his imagination and learning about them. This show is favourited by kids of all ages across Canada as well as in the US, where it recently achieved the record as the highest watched debut episode on Nick Jr. in its history.

Dino Dan was judged for quality and content both for the TV show and its online content. The kids jury loved playing games and digging up dinosaurs on dinodan.com!

From the Kids Jury

“You learn about dinosaurs. It is like being in school and I love school. Dinosaurs are interesting because they are different and don’t live anymore. It is fun to learn about things. The show is fun to watch and you learn something at the same time. My sister (3 yrs old) watches the show with me at home and she likes it too.” – Andraya, 6

“It’s about dinosaurs, it was humorous, the acting was good, and the dinosaurs were very colourful. It was also very informative.” – Ryan, 9

From the International Jury

“Dino Dan is a rare program indeed that can engage young boys (and adventurous girls) in an imaginative world full of dinosaurs across multiple screens. With Dino Dan, they can watch, play and discover that digging up the past can be as much fun as the future!” – Deirdre Brennan, Director of Television, BBC Worldwide Channels Australasia

From the Producer

“YEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS! Can’t. Believe. It. We’re absolutely elated to receive the Shaw Rocket Prize! Dino Dan is a series about a little boy whose imagination is so powerful that he can conjure up dinosaurs into the real world. Never in our imaginations did we believe we would receive this prestigious award from these (obviously) brilliant kid judges – thank you so much!” – J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, Matt Bishop

The Company

Sinking Ship is an award-winning television and new media company dedicated to creating innovative and ground-breaking programming and content. They were a finalist in the 2008 Shaw Rocket Prize with their program Roll Play. The partners of Sinking Ship are J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, and Matt Bishop. sinkingship.ca

How to be Indie

Production Company: Heroic Film Company

Producers: John May, Suzanne Bolch, Colin Brunton, Jennifer Pun, Anita Kapila, Karen Lee Hall, Neil Court

Synopsis

How to be Indie follows Indira “Indie” Mehta as she humourously straddles the world of her immigrant family and the world of her peers and figures out how to do things her own way. Like a rock band eschewing a traditional label, our hero always chooses to be ‘indie’, independent. Teen life is full of difficult choices, but for Indie, things are never just “either or” or “black or white.” She always manages to find a third way, her way, and with insight and humour blazes her own trail, creating a life that is neither ruled by her family nor ruled by her peers, but is, rather, 100% Indie.

How to Be Indie airs on YTV. It is produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Roger’s Cable Network Fund and the Shaw Rocket Fund.

The Lead Actress: Melinda Shankar

Melinda hails from Canada’s capital, Ottawa Ontario, has a blackbelt in karate, and is fluent in both English and French. She was discovered at age 10 while shopping. She immediately started runway and commercial modeling, and filmed numerous commercials. Her first major role was when she landed a recurring role on “Degrassi The Next Generation” as ‘Allia Bhandari.’ She also appeared as a dancer in Disney’s Bella Dancerella High School Musical 2. In 2008, Melinda traveled to Ecuador with the organization Free The Children. A documentary of the trip was made for MTV in Canada.

Melinda Shankar’s Thoughts on the Nomination

“When I found out that How to be Indie Season 1 was nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize, I was so thrilled – although my first question was “What exactly is the Shaw Rocket Prize?” When I was made aware that it is a fund dedicated to promoting and supporting youth television, I was even more excited. The Shaw Rocket Fund is all about acknowledging quality television programming, so to have my show be considered in such a category makes me both proud and honoured!”

From the International Jury

“How to be Indie is a classic sitcom with a respectful nod to culture diversity. Strong comedic storytelling and pacing aligned with a robust website make this pure entertainment for kids!” – Rick Clodfelter, Director, Content Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang

From the Producers

“At How to Be Indie we are thrilled to be a Shaw Rocket Prize finalist. It’s so rewarding to know that the stories we think are goofily important have been received so well. Thanks so much for the encouragement you’ve given us to keep working toward co-creator Vera Santamaria’s original goal for Indie: putting families like hers on TV. For laughs!” – Suzanne Bolch, Writer & Executive Producer

“Writing on How to Be Indie has been a wonderful and broadening experience for us. It feels great to be writing a show that happily reflects the diverse world today’s kids inhabit. It’s also interesting to learn that second generation kids – no matter where they’re from – share the same funny and moving stories of cultural misunderstandings, family sacrifice, struggling for balance and finding strength through love. “How to Get Some Cred,” for instance, was inspired by a number of people, including cast member Ellora Patnaik (Jyoti “Mum” Mehta ), whose family’s dancing background, coupled with their struggle as Canadian immigrants, gave the episode itself its ‘cred.’” – John May, Writer & Executive Producer

“Writing on How to Be Indie has been a personal win for me. Being able to laugh at yourself is one of life’s biggest and best lessons, something that helps you through good times and bad. And seeing your face and your life represented on screen as funny, warm and watchable means that kids from any background can and will laugh at themselves.” – Anita Kapila, Writer & Co-Producer

From the Broadcaster: YTV

“As a wonderful addition to YTV’s live-action comedy line-up, How to be Indie is a series we’re extremely proud to call our own and to be acknowledged as a finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize is a great honour.” – Jocelyn Hamilton VP, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Television

The Company

Founded in 1999 by John May, Suzanne Bolch and Karen Lee Hall, Heroic Film Company Inc. is on a mission to create comedy that matters. The company focuses on producing animated and live-action series for tweens that cross multiple platforms such as television, interactive, book publishing, music publishing and merchandise. Heroic Film Company is currently in production on Connor Undercover for Family Channel (Canada) and How To Be Indie for YTV (Canada) and has several additional projects in development. Heroic Film Company is a creative driven production house known best for the multipleaward winning television series Our Hero (CBC) and international hit Captain Flamingo (YTV), an animated children’s program seen in Canada, U.S., U.K., Europe, Australia, and Latin America. Other production and writing credits include The Magic School Bus (PBS), Naturally Sadie (Disney) and the hit film, Ginger Snaps. Heroic Film Company is located online at www.heroicfilmcompany.com.

In Real Life

Production Company: Apartment 11 Productions Inc.

Producers: Jonathan Finkelstein and Joan Takefman

Synopsis

In the exciting new reality series In Real Life, eighteen kids – aged 12-14 – race across North America and compete in a series of thrilling real-life tasks to discover the skills, strength, and stamina it takes to make it in the real world! Part heart-pounding race, part intense skill competition, each contestant must avoid elimination by winning a variety of hands-on challenges that range from the ultra glamorous to the ultra disgusting to the ultra dare-devil. From super-fact NASCAR racing and outrageous Hollywood stunts, to learning to use the Jaws of Life, comedian Sabrina Jalees leads the kids through each mind-blowing challenge. The ultimate goal? College tuition money plus an all expense paid family vacation.

The Host: Sabrina Jalees

Sabrina Jalees’ passion and drive have taken the comedy world by storm. Since she set foot on the Yuk Yuk’s stage for the first time at 16, she has been the youngest stand-up ever added to their professional roster. She later broke Mike Meyer’s record for being the youngest artist hired by Second City! She has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival, recorded a Comedy NOW special for CTV and has toured across North America and England.

“It’s an absolute honour to have our show nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize!..to think I was once just a child, eating rocket candies and watching Shaw cable…Makes me tear up.”

Thoughts from the Season 1 Winner

“This is one of the most interesting live action movies on the market, in the best tradition of Who is Afraid of the Dark. Children love to be scared and to have a laugh at the same time – and with My Babysitter’s a Vampire, they get it.” – Nicole Keeb ZDF

From the Producer

“In Real Life was an epic journey that pushed me to my limits and demanded the best of me. Through the tears and the laughter and the joy, I found in myself an inner strength I will carry forever. I am humbled to have experienced such support and encouragement from the crew, and to have been challenged in exciting new ways by my fellow competitors. A special acknowledgement to Ben, who stood by my side and carried me through the competition, believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Although it has been two and a half years since my In Real Life journey began, I often look back to treasure and learn from those incredible adventures.” – Ruby-Rae Rogawski, Winner of In Real Life Season 1

From the International Jury

“In Real Life is aspirational, competitive reality programming that excites and inspires by showing real kids engaging in a broad array of challenges – from kids wrestling with alligators to flying jet airplanes, this series empowers its audience with great role models.” – David Levine, Vice President, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Disney Channels Worldwide

From the Producer

“The size of the Shaw Rocket Prize gets my attention, and the top-tier nominating judges add to its prestige, which is why our nomination for the Shaw Rocket Prize is so exciting. But more importantly, the Prize focuses worldwide attention on the high standards and original productions coming out of Canada. And you can’t argue about who most deserves the Prize, because the ultimate judges are the very people we aim to please! I am, needless to say, thrilled to have our series among the nominees this year.” – Jonathan Finkelstein, Executive Producer

From the Broadcaster: YTV

“YTV strives to provide strong positive examples for its audience and In Real Life does just that by giving kids the chance to explore all of the interesting career options available to them in an entertaining way. We couldn’t be happier that the Shaw Rocket Prize has chosen this quality series as a finalist.” – Vibika Bianchi, VP, Original Programming, Lifestyle, Reality, Factual, Corus Television

The Company

Apartment 11 Productions takes pride in producing exciting programs for children that are seen around the globe, successfully reaching large audiences with content that offers a kid’s-eye view of the world. Founded in 2000 by Jonathan Finkelstein, Apartment 11 is committed to creating the world’s best children’s programming, both fiction and fact-based. Our library of live-action kids’ programming currently includes “In Real Life”, “Mystery Hunters”, “Prank Patrol” and “Surprise! It’s Edible! Incredible!” Apartment 11 also recently produced a Peabody Award-winning documentary for CBC Newsworld titled “Braindamadj’d… Take II” about a former television director who is recovering from and living with traumatic brain injury. Apartment 11 Productions is based in Montreal, Canada.

Jimmy Two Shoes

Production Company: Breakthrough Entertainment

Producers: Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Mark Evestaff

Synopsis

What happens when you take an overly optimistic, thrill-seeking kid and plunk him down in Miseryville, the meanest, nastiest place around? You get the hilarious animated series Jimmy Two-Shoes! Along with his oddball best friends, Heloise and Beezy, Jimmy manages to breeze through all the doom and gloom to spread his raucous enthusiasm to the whole town. Despite the best efforts of the maniacal Lucius Heinous VII, Miseryville’s overlord-in-chief, Jimmy just keeps finding ways to make misery fun again!

Jimmy Two Shoes began airing on Teletoon in 2009. It can also be seen on Disney XD as well as many other awes-mazing networks around the world.

Fun Facts

  • Jimmy performs most of his own stunts, though the producers keep a stash of disposable Jimmy clones nearby for high-risk sequences.
  • Beezy J. Heinous originally auditioned for the role of Jimmy, but his diva-like refusal to wear a T-shirt lost him the role.
  • Although she’s Queen Meanie, Heloise loves to indulge in the art of yodeling. Look for her album to drop in the spring.
  • Lucius credits his fabulously miserable lifestyle as the secret to maintaining a healthy red complexion.

Jimmy’s Thoughts on being Nominated

“Rocket Prize? Really? They have that?! It’s only like my all time #1 dream!”

From the International Jury

“Jimmy Two-Shoes started with an unusual & challenging story premise, but with great comedy writing and strong storylines, it became an international entertainment hit! The series clearly demonstrates that an original, even unexpected concept, combined with the right local writing and animation talent, can break through in the competitive global kids’ world.” – Jules Borkent, SVP, Global Acquisitions & International Programming, Nickelodeon International

From the Producers

“Inspiring creativity in kids is a huge part of what we set out to do with our show, which is why we were so excited to hear that Jimmy was nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize. This country is blessed with an abundance of top notch animation talent, and we were fortunate enough to convince a whole bunch of them to work on the series.” – Ira Levy and Peter Williamson, Executive Producers

From the Broadcaster: Teletoon

“Now in its second season, Jimmy Two-Shoes is a top performing show on TELETOON and has become a favourite among our core kids audience – both on-air and online. We are thrilled to see this TELETOON original production selected as a finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize.” – Alan Gregg, Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada Inc.

The Company

Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. is a leading global producer and distributor of acclaimed prime time comedy and drama series, as well as factual entertainment, documentaries, television movies, family entertainment and children’s animation.

As one of Canada’s largest television production and distribution companies, Breakthrough has licensed programs to major broadcasters in over 200 territories. With a catalogue of over 2600 half-hours of programming, the company handles distribution as well as worldwide pre-sales, co-productions and third-party acquisitions.

In addition to its dedicated program development, production and distribution divisions, Breakthrough’s digital media division ranks among one of the industry’s most respected producers of high quality digital entertainment including websites, and online, mobile, iphone and ITV games.

League of Super Evil

Production Company: Nerd Corps Entertainment

Producers: Asaph Fipke, Chuck Johnson, Ken Faier

Synopsis

Armed with a whole new approach to badness, The League of Super Evil (aka L.O.S.E.) follows four Super Villains who have set their sights on nothing less than total neighbourhood domination! Between using a Shiruken anime robot to win a playground slam dunk competition, inventing a super-computer to protect Great Voltar’s sweet new evil BMX bike, or hosting a neighbourhood barbeque and not inviting ANY of the neighbours, L.O.S.E. struggles ever-onward to its goal of total mindless fun!

League of Super Evil airs on YTV and VRAK.

Feature: The Great Voltar

He’s L.O.S.E.’s diminutive leader. Though he thinks of himself as a big-time villain, his “stupendous” plans are actually miniscule and child-like-and give new meaning to the term “lowered expectations.” Like the time the League threw a neighbourhood barbecue, but didn’t invite ANY of the neighbours! Mu ha ha ha ha ha! Definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed, but what he lacks in smarts he makes up for in sheer evil enthusiasm.

“Nominated? Don’t you mean already won? Totally got this award thingy in the bag! Yup, had the minions bribe every single kid on the planet with quality autographed Voltar merchandise. Even got my acceptance speech trimmed to an even half hour. Victory! Muhahahaha!”

From the International Jury

“With a strong concept at its core, the creators and producers of L.O.S.E. have imbued the series with solid stories, stunning designs and first-class CGI animation. The series is complemented by a compelling on-line offering consisting of exclusive webisodes, fun games, forums and mail that make L.O.S.E. a compelling on-air and off-air experience for its viewers. L.O.S.E. definitely punches above its weight and delivers a fun-filled half-hour that can be appreciated by adults as well as adored by kids. It’s a great show with high production values and the latest offering in a growing line of top-notch productions delivered by the talented team at Nerd Corps.” – Sander Schwartz, Executive VP, Head of Children’s & Family Entertainment for FremantleMedia Enterprises

From the Producer

“We’re excited to be nominated, since it means we get to spread a little more evil around. You know, for the kids. With all the stresses they’re subjected to these days this show is a great way for them to have some pure ridiculous fun. Of course, L.O.S.E. is also our attempt at taking over the world, loosely disguised as a television show and online game. So get ready for that.” – Asaph Fipke, Nerd Corps’ Supreme Commander

From the Broadcaster: YTV

“Congratulations to everyone at Nerd Corps and their talented league of writers and animators! L.O.S.E. is the epitome of animated comedy and we couldn’t be happier that it has been recognized as a finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize.” – Jocelyn Hamilton VP, Original Programming, Kids, Comedy, Drama, Corus Television

The Company

Nerd Corps Entertainment is a full service property development and animation studio based out of Vancouver, Canada. The company was formed in 2002, with the primary goal of breaking free from the preconceived boundaries of 3-D animation in order to produce stylistically innovative animated projects-from inception all the way to final delivery-based on a solid foundation of superb storytelling. Nerd Corps’s television development slate aims to blend humor with action/adventure, targeting an audience of six- to 12-year-olds.

2009

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Sticks and Stones

Production Companies: Cirrus Communications, Dream Street Pictures Inc.

Producers: Josée Vallée, André Béraud, Richard Speer, Timothy M. Hogan, Rick LeGuerrier

Synopsis

The heroic efforts of pee wee hockey players both on and off the ice in Sticks and Stones have won this television movie the prestigious $50,000 Shaw Rocket Prize for most innovative and creative Canadian production of 2009 for youth and families.

Sticks and Stones is a compelling and heart-warming movie inspired by a true story that made headlines around the world. A Canadian pee wee hockey team organizes the Friendship Series Tournament to make amends for the ill-treatment that an American team received during a visit to Canada.

From the Kids Jury

“Any old person could make a movie, but it takes some real heart to make a GOOD movie!” – Alex, Richmond BC

“I enjoyed Sticks and Stones because it showed great emotion and feeling as well as wonderful acting and cinematography and was very believable.” – Lucas, North Vancouver, BC

“I liked everything about this movie – the actors, the script and music. This movie ROCKS!” – Michael, St. Catherine’s, ON

From the International Jury

“Sticks and Stones – a fantastic movie that managed to include elements of family life, of growing up, and of the cross-border issues with some very heightened moments of dramatic reality. I thought what the producers and the writers did very well was interpret a major global situation in a way that we could all feel and understand; they made it all more human.” – Geoffrey Goodwin, Head of BBC Switch, UK

From the Producer

“It is a great honour to receive the Shaw Rocket Prize. Sticks and Stones sends an important message to all ages, especially the younger generations. Therefore, this award is especially meaningful to us, because it is granted by a jury of young viewers.” – Josée Vallée, Producer, Sticks and Stones

The Company

Since 1996, Cirrus Communications, an Attraction Media Company in Montréal, Québec, has served local, national and international television networks and distributors through the production of award-winning documentary and fiction series and feature films. Dream Street Pictures Inc. is an award-winning full service independent film and television company in Moncton, New Brunswick, specializing in drama, documentary and arts programming. Cirrus and Dream Street partnered in the making of Sticks and Stones.

Fred’s Head

Production Company: Spectra Animation

Producers: André A. Belanger & Luc Châtelain

Synopsis

Fred Leblanc’s quirky explorations of the innermost reaches of the male teenage mind reveal the gloriously irreverent, animated universe of FRED’S HEAD, with its sarcastic perceptiveness, its wacky humour and its imaginative tackling of real-life issues.

Fred’s Head is an irreverent and provocative comedy bringing us into the whirlwind life of Fred Leblanc, a bright and perceptive 16 year old, through his teenage eyes. Rampant consumerism, stardom and marginalisation are some of the issues with which Fred will struggle to come to terms….with all of the sarcasm his off-the-wall imagination can muster.

From the Kids Jury

“I thought the animation in Fred’s Head was really great. I loved the characters and how exaggerated they were, the way they talked, and acted was really funny, it made the story more interesting. They tried making the characters speak in a way that people our age could understand.” – Michelle, Grade 8, Calgary

From the International Jury

“What makes Fred’s Head unique is that it comes from the vantage point of a younger teenage boy. Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of programs out there that do that.” – Geoffrey Goodwin, Head of BBC Switch, UK

From the Producer

“To innovate is to push beyond the accepted limits and make way for new ideas. A prize like this helps to finance the development of original & innovative programming like Fred’s Head. The Shaw Rocket Fund is one of the driving forces behind our capacity to produce such programming.” – André A. Bélanger, Producer

The Company

Fred’s Head is a Canadian-French co-production, produced in Canada by Spectra Animation, Montréal, a subsidiary of L’Équipe Spectra, which specializes in the production of dynamic and unique series and feature film animation. Spectra currently has 5 productions on the go, and many more in the making!

How She Move

Production Company: Sienna Film Productions VII Inc.

Producers: Julia Sereny, Jennifer Kawaja, Brent Barclay

Synopsis

The intensely competitive world of Caribbean-Canadian step dancing invigorates 17-year-old Raya Green to step up with energy and imagination to the many challenges facing her back in the gritty, crime-filled neighbourhood she thought she’d left forever.

How She Move is an energetic and ultimately inspiring coming of age tale about a gifted young woman who defies all the rules as she step dances her heart out to achieve her dreams. Raya is forced to leave her private school to return to her old neighbourhood where she rekindles an unlikely passion for the competitive world of step dancing.

From the Kids Jury

“This is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. The actors were really good and enthusiastic. I loved the camera angles because when they were dancing it really made me think I was there with them. It really kept my interest and I just loved it 🙂 ” – Joyce, Grade 8, Toronto

From the International Jury

“How She Move was a coming-of-age story but done in such a different way. To combine the coming-of-age story of this young girl with street culture and performing arts was just incredibly powerful. It was a fantastic feature and one of the most original dance movies I think I’ve ever seen.” – Deirdre Brennan, Director of Programming, Nicklelodeon, Australia

From the Producer

“Innovation means creating film and television that is real and that reflects young people’s experiences and lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, class or gender. Often many children are left out of this representation, so it’s critical to keep that in mind when creating programming like How She Move.” – Jennifer Kawaja, Co-Producer

The Company

Started by Julia Sereny out of a room in her house in 1992, and now owned by Ms. Sereny in partnership with Jennifer Kawaja, this Toronto-based independent film and television production company has produced a total of 16 films to date, including the Canadian indie hit, New Waterford Girl, and the 2004 Sundance success, Touch of Pink. Current Sienna productions include the mini-series, Diamonds, and the feature film, The Cry of the Owl.

Instant Star

Production Company: Epitome Pictures Inc.

Producers: Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn

Synopsis

Who hasn’t fantasized about being a famous music icon and instant celebrity? Jude Harrison, the star of INSTANT STAR, has it all – the rock star life and the rock star acclaim. The stuff of dreams until, that is, you’re living the dream with all its unique and complex challenges. Anything goes in the exciting behind-the-scenes music world Jude lives in.

Instant Star explores the fantasy of being a celebrity singer, or more specifically, the feeling of being a star while keeping both feet on the ground. The series is rockin’ stylish and full of youthful attitude. Jude’s fast-paced life in the music business is highlighted by quick edits, gritty performances, unusual angles and power montages.

From the Kids Jury

“I loved this show so much!!! It was great and very original. I thought that the actors were very in depth with their character and I think that they all definitely looked the part for their roles. The music was amazing!!! And extremely original as well. It was a genius comedy, romance and drama production! Great job to the whole entire production crew!” – Lyndsay, Grade 7, Fort Erie

From the International Jury

“I was very much ready for a glossy, glamorous ride through the world of pop music, but the interesting thing about Instant Star was its ability to tackle fairly serious issues along the way without being too worthy about them, and I think that’s such an important part of making great content.” – Geoffrey Goodwin Head of BBC Switch, UK

From the Producer

“Even though Instant Star is not in production any more, it continues to be a favourite, in repeat play in Canada and doing very well internationally. My hopes and dreams are that children’s and youth television like Instant Star will continue to flourish.” – Lynda Schuyler, Producer

The Company

For over 25 years, Epitome Pictures and its related companies have been producing award-winning television and educational programmes, among them the internationally acclaimed Degrassi series that earned founder and CEO Linda Schuyler the Order of Canada in 1994. Instant Star, Epitome’s most recent production for youth, now airs in over 150 countries worldwide!

2008

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Life with Derek, Season 3

Production Company: Shaftesbury Films

Producers: Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Daphne Ballon, Laurie McLarty, Jeff Biederman, Suzanne French

Synopsis

Life with Derek is a half-hour comedy series about a modern blended family, which has forced together two willful teenagers, Casey (Ashley Leggat) and Derek (Michael Seater), each used to being in charge and each determined to keep it that way!

From the Kids Jury

“I loved Life with Derek for a million reasons but then the whole page would be full of compliments on why this is the best show on almost all channels. This show was entertaining and any family would flick the channel until they found Life with Derek!”

“Great job! I really liked Life with Derek because the story was clear and balanced. The lighting and camera were perfect, I think the house they chose was perfect. The camera movement was awesome and the music was great!”

From the International Jury

“Life with Derek is one of those really well crafted funny live action shows that the market is looking for.It’s a well-written, well performed show that really makes you giggle.” – Michael Carrington Controller, CBeebies, BBC Children’s

Johnny Test – Season 2

Production Company: Cookie Jar Entertainment

Producers: Scott Fellows, Loris Kramer-Lunsford, Michael Hirsh, Leslie Taylor, Toper Taylor

Synopsis

Johnny Test- Season 2 chronicles the adventures of a fearless 11-year old boy, his genetically engineered super dog Dukey and his 13 year-old super genius scientist twin sisters. When it comes to adventures, Johnny and his super mutt are a team obsessed with pushing the limits- speed limits, time limits, physical limits.

Johnny is the ultimate test pilot where no mission is too insane.

Imagine having a lollipop that gives you the strength of a hundred men or a rocket-powered backpack that can send you to the Moon or genetically altering your dog to make him talk? Johnny Test can do all of that…and more! Where no mission is too insane, no challenge is too great, no villain is too menacing – and no sister-created concoction is too wild. As long as his dog Dukey can come along, Johnny gives it a go! Johnny Test chronicles the adventures of an average suburban boy, who wittingly plays test subject for his genius twin sisters’ various experiments, reluctantly fighting evil villains in the process with his dog Dukey. The series airs on Teletoon.

From the Kids Jury

“I thought the show was really well planned and organized. I never got bored of the cartoon at all! The voices and characters mouths were in sync, which was well done. The creativity of the “opening credits song” for Johnny Test explains a lot about the Johnny, his two genius sisters and his dog. I think they did a two thumbs up!” – Morgan, Grade 5, Calgary

From the International Jury

“Johnny Test is one of those animation shows that is hard to find these days. It’s really fast paced, it has good humour, it is comedy in the true sense and it’s what kids want to watch when they come back from a day of school and they just want to chill out and have fun and want to be entertained. Johnny Test is one of those shows that proves that there is that quality of animation out there.” – Frank Dietz, Head of Acquisitions & Co Productions Super RTL, Germany

From the Producer

“Cookie Jar Entertainment is thrilled to be among such a talented group of finalists for this prestigious award. We are honored to be recognized by the Shaw Rocket Prize for our commitment to providing children with quality television and look forward to hearing feedback from the student jury who represent our viewers.” – Pamela Slavin, Producer

The Company

Cookie Jar Entertainment is one of the fastest growing most dynamic kids companies in the world today. In just three short years, Cookie Jar has become a leader in entertainment, creating successful, innovative, and immensely popular entertainment and educational content for kids around the world. From action-adventure to comedy, shows like “Magi-Nation”, “World of Quest”, “Johnny Test” and “Spider Riders” are specially conceived to reach and thrill audiences.

Roll Play

Production Company: Sinking Ship Entertainment Inc.

Producers: Blair Powers, JJ Johnson, Matthew Bishop, Elizabeth Haines

Synopsis

Roll Play is a pre-school television series that gets kids up and moving. Featuring original puppets from the Famous People Players, young children imitate the actions of these fantastical creatures.

The kids move as the narrative or musical stories unfold. Original music tracks are created by some of Canada’s greatest performers, and also enlists the writing talents of prominent Canadian children’s book authors.

Roll Play is a pre-school series that get kids up and moving! Kids love to pretend, they love stories and love getting physical. Roll Play intends to initiate a more positive attitude towards an active lifestyle by instilling in kids the idea that physical activity is a fun part of every day and to promote creative expression.

From the makers of “This is Daniel Cook”, this series features original puppets from the Famous People Players and original sound tracks from Canada’s greatest performers as well as enlists the writing talents of prominent Canadian children’s book authors. Roll Play airs on Treehouse TV and SRC.

From the Kids Jury

“Roll Play is interesting for ALL age groups!! The music makes you want to stand up and dance dance dance!!! The kids are having FUN like all kids should!!! The music is very clear to understand and it has a good moral to the story. The puppets were a very good idea because it makes the story more clear and easier to understand. I am ten and I would love to watch it! I think kids all over the world would!” – Britt, Grade 5, Calgary

From the International Jury

“Roll Play is incredibly well written, the music is fantastic and the kids are great. It’s a really tight and well crafted show. It is probably one of the only shows that I’ve seen that purports to engage with kids and actually inspires them to get off their bottoms, get up and move and dance and be active. It’s a great show!” – Michael Carrington, Controller, CBeebies BBC Children’s

From the Producers

“It is thrilling for a young company like ours to be recognized alongside such fabulous contenders and an incredible international jury. It’s wonderful to see that the creative risks taken making Roll Play are being recognized with this nomination.” – Blair Powers, Executive Producer

“In truth, I feel like Roll Play has already won. To have your project endorsed by an international jury of such distinction and amid such a brilliant collection of producers makes the $50,000 grand prize seem like an after thought…a really great ‘please give it to us’ after thought.” – J.J. Johnson, Creator/Producer/Director

The Company

Sinking Ship is an award-winning television and new media company dedicated to creating innovative and ground-breaking programming and content. As the creators, directors, and co-producers of “This is Daniel Cook”, Sinking Ship has continued to develop equally idea-driven, child-centered programming including the series “Are We There Yet?” and “Dino Dan”. The partners of Sinking Ship are J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers, and Matt Bishop.

2007

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Make Some Noise

Production Company: Omni Film Productions Ltd

Producers: Brian Hamilton and Heather Hawthorn-Doyle

Synopsis

What happens when individuals and groups of young people from across Canada take action and become the change they want to see in the world?

From their own backyards to a village in Sierra Leone these teenagers and “20-somethings” will stop at nothing to make themselves heard.

Some pick up video cameras and risk their lives in the war-torn Middle East, others fight to stop the child sex trade in Cambodia, and others become silent to “speak out” for those who cannot.

What happens when individual and groups of young people from across Canada take action and become the change they want to see in the world? Make Some Noise. This is a 13-part half hour series showcasing teens and 20-somethings who will stop at nothing to make themselves heard. Some pick up video cameras and risk their lives in the war-torn Middle East, others fight to stop the child sex trade in Cambodia, while others become silent to “speak” out for those who cannot. Meet a group of kids who not only talk about making a difference but are actually doing something.

Make Some Noise is filmed uniquely, part music video, part guerilla filmmaking, and part behind-the-scenes glimpses into a world most of us never knew existed. Telling their own stories in a unique style, young people candidly share their fears, triumphs and challenges and visions. Make Some Noise has a soundtrack that is completely in tune with the stories told and has more than 60 original songs from 30 Canadian bands. The music, the stories and the people demand your attention and make every moment meaningful. The series airs on CBC.

From the Kids Jury

“Make Some Noise is an awesome show. It is very powerful, in the things they say and do, and inspire others to do. The script / storyline is fantastic.” – Cole, Grade 8

From the International Jury

“There is a great sense about Make Some Noise, it is a non-patronizing program for its age group. The program is very much in-tune with how young people watch TV because it has short segments that are rolled together with high production values. And of course, the stories chosen were stories that really needed to be told.” – Estelle Hughes, Consultant, former Controller of Children’s ITV, UK

From the Producer

Make Some Noise was a ‘heart’ project for everyone who worked on it – a true labour of love. From the beginning we were enthused and humbled by the idea that if we do this right – if we showcase young Canadians doing great things for and around the world – and we do it in a way that resonates with them – with powerful music, great characters and a distinctive style – maybe some of the kids watching will be inspired to do something special themselves. We showcased 30 young Canadians who are ordinary humans doing extraordinary things. What a privilege to help them tell their stories.

For me personally – as a mom of teenagers – it was an honour to work on a series that showed teenagers the way they really are – and that told the stories the news headlines forgot – these guys are going to change the world – for the better – and they’re not going to wait for an adult to lead the way!

To be chosen as a finalist for the Shaw Rocket Prize is a huge honour. Canada is respected around the world for excellence in children’s and youth programming, so the Rocket Prize means recognition at the world class level. The buzz and excitement created by the Rocket Prize’s publicity team is a very valuable visibility boost for all the projects and the companies involved and the great cross section of programs honoured as finalists means that whether we win or lose we are thrilled to be chosen as a finalist.

The Company

For 25 years, Omni Film Productions has produced over 175 hours of award winning documentaries, factual and lifestyle series, as well as drama and children’s programming resulting in over 75 national and international awards. Omni produces Robson Arms 2, Stuntdawgs, Dragon Boys, and Alice I Think.

Hope for the Future

Production Company: Sea to Sea Productions Ltd

Producers: Teresa MacInnnes and Kent Nason

Synopsis

Armed with video cameras, 32 students from across Canada travel to the Balkans seeking that often-elusive goal: “to make the world a more peaceful place.”

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE is an emotional feature-length documentary that records what is often the most memorable event in a student’s life, a journey to a foreign land.

The inspiration for the trip came from a screening of Teaching Peace in a Time of War, a film that documents the efforts of Hetty Van Gurp as she encourages teachers and students to seek peaceful ways of dealing with conflict in schools affected by war in Serbia. The Canadian youth were deeply moved by the Serbian children as they grieved over the lack of peace in their lives.

Armed with video cameras, thirty-two students from across Canada travel to the Balkans seeking that often-elusive goal: “to make the world a more peaceful place.”

The inspiration for the documentary came from a screening of Teaching Peace in a Time of War, a film that documents the efforts of Hetty Van Gurp as she encourages teachers and students to seek peaceful ways of dealing with conflict in schools affected by war in Serbia. Many of the students had never before traveled outside of Canada and some were fearful of Serbia’s reputation as “the bully of the Balkans.” Undaunted, they named themselves Students for Teaching Peace and enthusiastically set off to “make a difference.”

From the Kids Jury

“The main thing I learned through this experience is that all over the world, everybody is the same. Of course there are different languages and cultures but people’s good will and kind nature always show up stronger. There will always be assumptions and false stories about different places and people but this trip showed me that to gain a non-bias opinion about something you have to either experience it or witness it first hand.” – Abilee Kellett, age 15

“I really, really liked the show. It was the best documentary I have ever seen. It really is an inspiring documentary that everyone my age should watch because you can learn from it.” – Kristin, Grade 7, Winnipeg.

From the International Jury

“Hope for the Future is like watching an experience on television. A load of teens go around and shoot something that then is produced into a really special piece of documentary work, was very impressive and completely compelling from beginning to end. So much so that I took the DVD and walked it down to the office of my Head of Programming for Teens at AOL and I handed it to her and I said, ‘You’ve got to watch this,’ because it’s incredibly impressive, the way it was done.” – Malcolm Bird, Former SVP and GM of AOL Teens & Kids

From the Producer

“Hope for the Future is one of the most rewarding film projects we have been involved with, mostly because it was motivated by youth. It was their idea to go on the trip, to record the process, to raise the money, and to extend hope and peace to the youth of Serbia. We had the pleasure of being their mentors and documenting the entire magical adventure. During these times of great conflict in the world, they truly do give us hope for the future.”

We are thrilled to be nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize. There is so little encouragement to produce programs for youth and this initiative demonstrates that their voice is valued and that the work we have done to present it is appreciated. The proof of the Rocket Fund’s commitment to youth programming is in the process itself. Having Hope for the Future seen by an international jury and then toured in Canadian schools is such a great opportunity for us and for the youth watching! We continue to work with the young people who were involved in Hope for the Future, only this time the next film will be directed by the them. This nomination has motivated us and the Students For Teaching Peace video teams to keep up the struggle to tell youth stories! – Teresa MacInnes, Producer

The Company

Kent Nason and Teresa MacInnes created Sea to Sea Productions Ltd. with a dream of making the films they felt were important. The husband and wife team enjoy working with young and old, providing an opportunity for people of all cultures and strata of society to share their stories.

Instant Star

Production Company: Epitome Pictures Inc

Producer: Linda Schuyler

Synopsis

Instant Star is for every would-be guitar Star, secret songwriter and anyone who has ever dreamed about being famous…

Winning a recording contract was just the beginning for Jude Harrison. Now she’s battling a new set of challenges – the least of which is full-blown celebrity. Season One was about Jude chasing fame. The second season is about everyone else surviving it…

Alexz Johnson stars as Jude Harrison, a feisty rock girl with a lifelong passion for music and the voice to back it up. When Jude enters G Major’s singer/songwriter contest, she knows her stuff will kill, but she’s shocked when she learns she won the whole darn thing. She never expected her raw, honest music to beat a bunch of wannabe pop stars! Now, with a recording contract, a soon-to-be released single and a mega-crush on her producer, Jude’s wading through a world bigger than her wildest rock n’ roll dreams. Thrust into the spotlight, Jude is desperate to prove she belongs there…but she’s not even old enough to drive.

What makes Instant Star unique is the merging of creative forces – music and drama. Each season, Canada’s finest songwriters are assembled to attend what the production team refers to as “song writing camp”. At this time, the script writers introduce the song writers to the storylines and themes for the year. For five solid days, up to 10 songwriters (including Christopher Ward, Damnhait Doyle, Marc Jordan and Rob Wells) gather in one location and collaborate to create the Instant Star music. They put these songs down on tape with full tracks and vocals and on the final night the show’s creative and production teams get together for a listening party. What is produced in only 5 days is absolutely incredible! The show’s writers then incorporate this music back into the scripts they are writing. The symbiosis is magical. It is the essence of Instant Star.

From the Kids Jury

“I think Instant Star was awesome. They did all the right things in the show. The camera work was good, so was the sound and music, and the storyline suited the show. Everything was perfect.” – James, Grade 7. Beausejour

From the International Jury

“Instant Star is a very well produced, well done show with a real heroine who is flawed. It is fun, it is serious and it addresses issues. And yet you see a regular teen in the character Jude, who is dealing with a lot of different things. It was very unpredictable for the kind of program in that genre. Instant Star really knows its audience.” – Dea Connick Perez, VP of Programming and Operations Discovery Kids, USA

From the Producer

At Epitome Pictures, we are aware that young audiences are constantly exposed to opportunities that could instantly change their lives: winning as a “Canadian Idol”, beating out the competition for a chance to model professionally, or competing for an opportunity to become a member of a rock band. We wanted to look beyond this phenomenon to see how instant success and notoriety can affect the life of a young person. Instant Star dramatizes the life of Jude Harrison who has become an instant star by winning a singer/songwriter competition and at the same time we watch as she juggles home life, school life, family and friends in this new-found world of fame.

Canadian children’s and youth programming is unique in Canadian television as it has the ability to engage domestic audiences as well as attract robust sales in the international marketplace. The Shaw Rocket Prize captures the spirit of this double-pronged success. The Shaw Rocket Prize engages an international team of jurors to select the finalists and then the winner is determined by a domestic team of age-appropriate young people. At Epitome, we are highly appreciative of this thoughtful selection process that reflects the success of children’s and youth programming. We are proud to have our series among this fantastic group of finalists. We now anxiously await the results of these young media savvy jurors. – Linda Schuyler, Producer

The Company

For twenty five years, Epitome Pictures has been producing award-winning television and educational programs. Linda Schuyler executive produced and co-created the original Degrassi series, The Kids of Degrassi Street, through to its current incarnation Degrassi: The Next Generation – winner of the very first Shaw Rocket Prize! Executive producer and partner Stephen Stohn has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and is the founding partner in the entertainment law firm Stohn Hay. Instant Star is the result of Epitome building on its strengths in youth programming.

The Snow Queen

Production Company: Amberwood Entertainment Corp.

Producer: Chantal Ling

Synopsis

This contemporary interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale follows the quest of a brave young girl to overcome evil and darkness.

To do this she must embark on a journey through the unknown lands of an enchanting universe. Told through songs, atmospheric music and poems, The Snow Queen is a celebration of the innocence and enduring optimism of childhood.

The Snow Queen is a contemporary interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale that follows the quest of a brave young girl to overcome evil and darkness in an enchanted universe. Told through songs, atmospheric music and poems, The Snow Queen celebrates the innocence and enduring optimism of childhood.

The Snow Queen is a live action fairy tale performed in a completely computer generated universe, backed by a haunting score that is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The fairy tale world was created by using blue screen, digital effects and 3-D animation. Originally created and composed by Paul K. Joyce, this fantasy offers a new kind of viewing experience. Canada’s Amberwood Entertainment partnered with UK’s Total Eclipse Television to produce this unique holiday special. The Snow Queen airs on CBC.

From the Kids Jury

“I really liked The Snow Queen. The music helped create a mood for the setting and the illustrated background added a unique touch. I liked it because it was very creative, and I’m sure the director and especially the computer editor put a lot of work into it. Five stars!” – Samantha, Grade 7

From the International Jury

“The Snow Queen is a visual feast. Its presentation, the style of the program is a mix of live action and animation. It’s done in a way that I’ve not seen before. From a viewer’s perspective, I can see a family sitting down and watching this show, perhaps every Christmas…a real tradition. The performances are strong, the art direction is brilliant.” – Donna Andrews, Producer and former Broadcaster, Dandy Productions, Australia

From the Producer

The Snow Queen is a beautiful and magical film, in every sense. It stimulates the mind and captures the imagination. It is after all a fairytale. At the core of this fairytale is the message of love conquering evil. It is a story of overcoming obstacles and of simply believing in oneself. These are all very human values that transcend time, gender and age. It is to us such an important message to foster in our children. Regardless of where innovations take us these values will always ring true.

It is such an honour to be nominated as one of the finalists of the Shaw Rocket Prize, it truly is. The beauty of this particular program is that not only are you judged by your peers, you are also judged the by the very people for whom you create, the children. It is brilliant! That is what makes this award so unique and exciting. That is why I believe the Shaw Rocket Prize has become such a prestigious award among Canadian Producers of children’s programming. – Chantal Ling, Producer

The Company

Amberwood Entertainment creates, finances, produces, and distributes children’s and family programming for the global market. The Amberwood team handles all formats and genres of production, including features and series. Amberwood’s recent successes The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and Zeroman have been licensed worldwide. With a commitment to quality production, a strong creative staff and an experienced leadership team, Amberwood Entertainment is committed to producing high quality programming with worldwide appeal.

2006

Winners

Being Ian

Production Company: Studio B (Being Ian) Productions Inc.

Producer: Blair Peters

Synopsis

Epic adventures of film fanatic Ian Kelley — with his incredible imagination, fascination for films, and quirky family. Being Ian mixes slapstick silliness with wry humour and Ian’s off the wall fantasies that regularly turn a typical day at the beach into Castaway and an ordinary camping trip into The Blair Witch Project.

The half-hour program follows the escapades of Ian Kelley, a 12-year-old film fanatic with an overactive imagination. Being Ian mixes slapstick silliness with wry humour and Ian’s off-the-wall fantasies that regularly turn a typical day at the beach into Castaway and an ordinary camping trip into The Blair Witch Project.

Being Ian airs on YTV and is the creation of Ian Corlett, who also co-created Yvon of the Yukon. The idea for Being Ian was born when Ian thought of doing an animated show based on his own childhood in Burnaby, B.C where he dreamed of being the next Steven Spielberg.

From the Kids Jury

“Being Ian was interesting because everything made sense…everything was funny and entertaining. Great for the whole family!” – Jessica, Grade 4. Vancouver

From the International Jury

“I’m a big animation fan, but to see animation that has such an unusual design, great characters-the whole movie element is something that children eight to 12 just love; it’s what their life is like,” said Deirdre Brennan, of national Australian network ABC. “And it’s just funny-it’s so wonderful to see something that makes you laugh out loud; and it really does, it’s a great show.” – Deirdre Brennan

From the Producer

“I think the charm of the show is that it shows kids you can have a big imagination and be slightly out of the norm. We’re saying that, yes, it’s possible to be out of the usual groups at school and not be a total geek.”

“The Shaw Rocket Prize has gained high recognition in just two years and has become a very prestigious award. We are extremely honoured to have been chosen as a finalist by the distinguished international jury. It shows that Being Ian is as well received around the world as it is in Canada. And we are thrilled that the final judging will be done by kids, because that’s who we make these shows for!” – Blair Peters, Executive Producer

The Company

Founded in 1988 by animators Chris Bartleman and Blair Peters, Studio B Productions is an award-winning animation studio that has produced over 200 half-hours of original children’s shows and employs a team of 160 of Canada’s top artists, writers and producers.

Harry and his Bucket full of Dinosaurs

Production Company: CCI Entertainment Ltd.

Synopsis

Harry knows he’s the luckiest kid in the world. His Nana has given him something that no one else has, the greatest present ever. It’s a bucket with six toy dinosaurs that come to life and are all his best friends!

Five-year-old Harry and his bucket of six toy dinosaurs come alive when no one else is watching. The bucket is magic, too-it’s “one, two, three jump!” into the bucket and Harry is on his way to Dinoworld, a “big little” world where Harry’s toys are twice his size.

Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs is based on the enormously successful book of the same name. It is a charming look into the vivid imagination of a child that explores life’s issues, such as good manners, being careful and helping others. The 11-minute show for preschoolers airs on Teletoon.

From the Kids Jury

“I think that Harry and his Bucket is a good show for (ages) 3 and 5. The people will understand it so they think that it is a good video.” – Gregory, Grade 5. Toronto

From the International Jury

“Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs is just utterly charming,” commented Theresa Plummer-Andrews of the U.K.’s Plum Trees TV Ltd. “I can’t imagine any small child who wouldn’t want his own bucket full of dinosaurs to carry around with him.” – Theresa Plummer Andrews

From the CEO

“The Shaw Rocket Fund is an amazing organization that has provided many opportunities for Canadian producers over the years. We feel extremely honoured to be nominated for the Shaw Rocket Prize and are looking forward to the feedback of this extremely discerning committee.” – Arnie Zipursky, CEO

The Company

Toronto based CCI Entertainment is one of Canada’s leading independent production and distribution companies, particularly in the area of family programming. The company has been responsible for thousands of hours of award-winning television for the world market including: Sharon, Lois & Bram’s Elephant Show, Shining Time Station, Timeblazers and Monster By Mistake.

Heads up!

Production Company: Soapbox Productions Inc.

Producer: Nick Orchard

Synopsis

Heads Up! is a series about astronomy and astronautics for ‘tweens’. This series takes kids beyond the basics of the Big Dipper and the Moon and introduces them to the magical content and practical context of the night sky.

Hosted and co-written by acclaimed science journalist Bob McDonald, Heads Up! takes kids beyond the basics of the Big Dipper and the Moon, and introduces them to the magical content and practical context of the night sky. The series explores topics ranging from comets’ tails to “dark matter” to the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Heads Up! was devised and is co-written by astronomer Ken Hewitt-White, former director of the Pacific Space Centre. Soapbox Productions president Nick Orchard, who also produced the popular astronomy series Cosmic Highway and Cosmic Odyssey, narrated by William Shatner, produces and directs the show. The series airs on TVOntario and the Knowledge Network.

From the Kids Jury

“I think Heads Up! is a good show if you want to know about space because they answer all the questions you might have without having to ask them.” – Laurie Grade 5, Vancouver

From the International Jury

“As a publisher of Owl, one of our mandates is to respect children’s intelligence, and I think Soapbox Productions did a really great job of that,” said juror Jennifer Canham. “It was an interesting half-hour. You finished the program and you felt like you’d learned something.” – Jennifer Canham

“Bob MacDonald is such a great communicator, and he has such an energy and passion for what he is talking about that we were completely taken into the program. Heads Up! achieved its objective in a really fantastic way,” said Deirdre Brennan of Australia’s ABC TV.” – Deirdre Brennan

From the Broadcaster: TVOntario

“TVOntario has picked up a second season of Heads Up! because there is nothing else like it being produced and it is the perfect series for kids and families to watch together. This series is a wonderful example of what happens when skilled producers mix education and entertainment. We’d be crazy not to ask for more!” – Patricia Ellingson, TVOntario

From the Producer

The Shaw Rocket Prize is one of the best nominations we can receive. It is an honour to have our program, Heads Up! selected by a jury of international programmers, and to have the winner chosen by a jury of our audience makes this more meaningful than anything else in the industry. – Nick Orchard

The Company

Formed in 1990 and headed by Nick Orchard, Soapbox Productions has produced such award-winning programs as the teen drama Northwood, the popular astronomy series Cosmic Highway, and The New Beachcombers drama.

Naturally Sadie

Production Company: Decode Entertainment Inc.

Synopsis

For Sadie Hawthorne, animals and their behaviour make a lot more sense than human beings. In her quest to make sense of the world, Sadie’s forever dragging them into strange social experiments. But one day she’ll definitely get to the bottom of it all.

The series follows the adventures of aspiring naturalist Sadie Hawthorne. With a year of high school under her belt, 14-year-old Sadie has finally come out of her shell, but she still believes the world can be understood in scientific terms. So with magnifying glass in one hand and lip-gloss in the other, Sadie is out to prove that being smart is the new cool.

Naturally Sadie is produced by Toronto’s Decode Entertainment and airs on The Family Channel. Producer Kevin May has produced many popular children’s series including Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, Straight Up and The Famous Jett Jackson, which won a Gemini Award for Best Youth Drama Series.

From the Kids Jury

“I liked Naturally Sadie because it has education, entertainment and values. In the show Naturally Sadie, you learn just to be yourself, and not be another person.” – Crystal, Grade 5. Toronto

From the International Jury

“From a storytelling point of view, it’s a great show,” said juror Frank Dietz of the German children’s television network Super RTL. “This perfectly reflects the kinds of feelings and emotions kids go though at her age. I think it’s a great program to show kids that this kind of phenomenon- what happens with the body, and the physical and mental development at this time of life-is absolutely the way it should be. It’s a lovely concept.” – Frank Dietz

From a DECODE Partner

“We are so excited that Naturally, Sadie is nominated this year for the Shaw Rocket Prize. It is an honour to be selected by a jury of international programmers for this award. The Shaw Rocket Prize and the Shaw Rocket Fund are amazing supporters of the Canadian children’s television industry. We are extremely grateful for the support they have given to DECODE over the years.” – Beth Stevenson, DECODE Partner

The Company

Since its creation in 1997, Decode Entertainment has grown to become one of the world’s leading and most innovative suppliers of distinctive TV programming for children, youth and family audiences. It has produced such technologically innovative TV shows as Franny’s Feet, Angela Anaconda, The Save-Ums and The Blobheads, as well as live-action programs like Naturally, Sadie and Radio Free Roscoe. Franny’s Feet was one of four finalists for the 2005 Shaw Rocket Prize.

Poko II

Production Company: Halifax Film Company

Producer: Jeff Rosen

Synopsis

Poko is a series about doing simple things that really aren’t so simple when you’re young. Each story features Poko confronting a childhood milestone, like kicking a soccer ball or learning to share his wading pool. These are Mythic Quests for pre-schoolers.

POKO tells the story of a fun-loving little guy who is busy discovering the world around him. Together with his dog, Minus, and his favourite stuffed monkey, Mr. Murphy, Poko has great adventures all around the house!

The team of writers, educators, broadcasters and moms and dads who created POKO saw a need in today’s television landscape for a pre-school series that makes kids laugh. POKO is also about helping its young audience develop emotional intelligence – the ability to be motivated and optimistic by being aware of one’s own emotions and those of others. The half-hour-long show was a finalist for the 2005 Shaw Rocket Prize and airs on CBC.

From the Kids Jury

“POKO was good because it teaches little kids how to love their friends. It also teaches them to share.” – Malcom, Grade 4. Vancouver

From the International Jury

“POKO is a wonderfully imaginative pre-school series. I love the fact that kids at home are encouraged to use their imagination along with Poko on TV,” said Dea Connick Perez, Vice President of Programming & Operations for Discovery Kids. “Poko and his friends live in a colourful and magical world where almost anything is possible. It is definitely one of the more inventive series out there.” – Dea Connick Perez

From the Producer

“Speaking for everyone at Halifax Film, we are delighted POKO is a repeat nominee for the Shaw Rocket Prize. It acknowledges the dedication of the many people who work on this remarkable series. Poko is also delighted, and so is his dog, Minus. Mr. Murphy, Poko’s stuffed monkey, seems very happy too and smiles a lot – although it may be gas.”

Rosen continued, “The trophy is a rocket and the winner receives $50,000. As an adult who makes children’s programming it’s the metaphorically perfect prize: a space ship full of cash.” – Jeff Rosen, Creator and Executive Producer

The Company

The Halifax Film Company has produced a number of award-winning series including the hit comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes and is currently developing a feature film based on retired Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. Jeff Rosen, the creator and executive producer of POKO, has worked on numerous children’s TV shows, including the worldwide hit Theodore Tugboat and Wonder Why?

2005

Winners

Check out all the finalists:

Degrassi: The Next Generation

Production Company: Epitome Pictures Inc.

Telling relevant stories of first experiences, Degrassi offers its young viewers a chance to see their lives reflected back to them as they navigate the rocky terrain of modern adolescent life. With equal measures of humour, angst and heart, Degrassi grapples with big and little realities of life. Degrassi airs on CTV.

Franny’s Feet

Production Company: Decode Entertainment Inc.

Franny’s Feet is an animated preschool series that tells exciting stories of a little girl whose fantastic feet take her on magical adventures when she tries on shoes in her grandfather’s repair shop. Franny meets fascinating characters with unusual problems and she always tries to help. Franny’s Feet airs on The Family Channel.

Poko

Production Company: Halifax Film Company

Poko is a laughter-filled series that explores pre-schoolers’ first steps and first friendships. Poko is a fun-loving little guy busy discovering the world around him, with his dog Minus, and his favourite stuffed Monkey, Mr. Murphy. Poko airs on CBC.

Shoebox Zoo

Production Company: Shoebox Productions Inc.

Shoebox Zoo is a combined live action and animation children’s series that tells the story of Marnie McBride, who on her 11th birthday finds four strange Celtic figures in a dusty shoebox who change her life forever. Shoebox Zoo airs on CBC and BBC Kids Canada and internationally on CBBC and BBC Scotland.