Canadian content honored by Youth Media Alliance

The Youth Media Alliance will honor the country's English-language screen-based media content at the 2011 Awards of Excellence Gala, which will be held in Toronto on June 2.
The Can in the Hat

Pictured: up for an award – The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! from Portfolio Entertainment & Collingwood O’Hare Prod.

Canada’s Youth Media Alliance will be honoring the country’s English-language screen-based media content at the 2011 Awards of Excellence Gala, which will be held in Toronto on June 2.

The awards include a grand prize for Best Program, nine Awards of Excellence, a Special Jury Award and the Special Jury Award – Digital and Interactive Content.

The Degrassi franchise and its producers Lynda Schyler and Stephen Stohn of Epitome Pictures will also be receiving recognition at this year’s event. In other respects, the Alliance will honor Bonita with the Outstanding Achievement Award and this year’s Emerging Talent Award will go to Stephanie Betts for her promising work in the Canadian children’s and youth programming industry.

The full Awards of Excellence nominees include:

All genres three to five years
The Ocean Room (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
This and That Shop (TVO)

All genres six to eight years
A World of Wonders (Genuine Pictures Inc.)
Dino Dan (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Artzooka! (CCI Entertainment Ltd.)

All genres nine to 12 years
Vacation with Derek (Shaftesbury Films Inc.)
How To Be Indie (Sudden Storm Entertainment & Heroic Films Company)
Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars (9 Story Entertainment)
Baxter (Shaftesbury Films Inc.)
Survive This Season II (9 Story Entertainment)
The Adrenaline Project (marblemedia)
Connor Undercover (Shaftesbury Films Inc. & Heroic Film Company)
That’s So Weird! Season II (DHX Media Ltd.)

Animation three to five years
Stella and Sam (Radical Sheep Productions Inc.)
Guess with Jess (Nelvana & Classic Entertainment)
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (Portfolio Entertainment & Collingwood O’Hare Prod.)
Max & Ruby Season IV (9 Story Entertainment)
Ludovic (Cité Amérique)
Toot & Puddle (Mercury Filmworks)
dirtgirlworld (DHX Media Ltd. / mememe productions Inc.)

Animation six to eight years
Babar and the Adventures of Badou (Nelvana)
Mixed Nutz (Big Bad Boo Studios Inc.)
Skatoony (marblemedia)

Animation nine to 14 years
Total Drama World Tour (Fresh TV Inc.)
League of Super Evil (Nerd Corps Entertainment
Carl Squared (Portfolio Entertainment Inc.)
Bolts & Blip (ToonBox Entertainment)

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TVO Kids – The Space (TVO)
Gisèle’s Big Backyard (TVO)
Kids’ Canada (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)

Special Jury Award – Television
What’s Your News? (Lenz Entertainment Inc.)
TVO Kids – Tumbletown Reads (TVO)
Taste Buds (marblemedia)

Best Convergent Interactive Content
DinoDan.com (Sinking Ship Entertainment/TVO Kids)
In Real Life Interactive (Secret Location)
tvokids.com (TVO)
The Baxter Online Experience (Smokebomb Entertainment Inc., Shaftesbury Films Inc.)
TasteBudsTV.com (marblemedia)
Babar and the Adventures of Badou Interactive (Watch More TV Interactive, A Corus Entertainment Company)

Best Original Interactive Content
Tickle Tap Apps (Zinc Roe design)
Ruby Skye P.I.: The Spam Scam (Jill Golick Enterprises, Story 2.OH)

Special Jury Award – Digital and Interactive Content
TasteBudsTV.com (marblemedia)
tvokids.com (TVO)

From KidScreen magazine.