Canadian prodcos earn Daytime Emmy nods in children’s and animation

Sinking Ship Entertainment earned the most nominations overall, with projects from 9 Story Media Group, Mercury Filmworks, Atomic Cartoons and Nelvana also in contention.

Canadian kids producers earned several nominations for the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, which announced its children’s & animation and lifestyle categories yesterday (June 28).

Toronto’s Sinking Ship Entertainment picked up the most nominations with 11, shared across several titles, while Nelvana, 9 Story Media Group, Mercury Filmworks and Atomic Cartoons also earned nods. The winners will be announced in a ceremony on July 17.

Sinking Ship has earned 23 Daytime Emmy nominations overall in 2021 and has already won three Daytime Emmys: two for Odd Squad Mobile Unit, winning Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design and Outstanding Lighting Direction, and one for Endlings for Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design for a Drama or Daytime Fiction Program. The prodco’s first 12 nominations were announced in May and the awards were handed out on June 25.

Apple TV+ series Ghostwriter earned the most nods among Sinking Ship series, picking up four, including Outstanding Younger Performer in a Daytime Fiction Program for Isaac Arellanes, along with nominations for writing, directing and cinematography.

Also nominated in the outstanding younger performer category is Arista Arhim for Sinking Ship’s YouTube Originals series Lockdown.

A number of other Sinking Ship series are nominated in the same categories. Dino Dana: The Movie – which earned three nods overall – is up for Outstanding Preschool, Children’s or Family Viewing Program alongside Odd Squad, and nominated for Outstanding Directing Team for a Preschool, Children’s or Family Viewing Program beside Dino Dana.

Rounding out Sinking Ship’s nominations is Hulu and CBC series Endlings, which is up for Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Daytime Fiction Program for Neil Crone.

Netflix animated series Hilda (pictured) – co-produced by Ottawa’s Mercury Filmworks and Vancouver’s Atomic Cartoons – earned five nominations, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Series, along with nominations for writing, directing, voice directing and editing.

TVOKids and PBS Kids series Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, produced by 9 Story Media Group’s Brown Bag Films, earned three nominations, including Outstanding Special Class Daytime Animated Program, and nods for directing and editing.

Nelvana picked up nominations for its animation Esme & Roy and live-action series The Hardy Boys. Esme & Roy, produced with Sesame Workshop, earned a nod for Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series, while The Hardy Boys, produced with Toronto’s Lambur Productions, was nominated for Outstanding Young Adult Series.