OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION HONOREES ANNOUNCED FOR THE 44th ANNUAL DAYTIME CREATIVE ARTS EMMY® AWARDS

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Honorees to be feted on Friday, April 28th at Pasadena Civic Auditorium

New York, NY – March 16, 2017 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today proudly announced the honorees for outstanding achievement in animation who will be honored at the 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 28th, 2017.  The presentation will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“The category of Individual Achievement in Animation is a Juried award,” said, Brent Stanton, Executive Director, Daytime Emmy Awards.  “A panel of judges composed of qualified animation judges, determine the Emmy Award worthiness of submissions from individuals who work in the various craft areas of expertise in animation, such as Character Design, Storyboard, Art Direction/Production Design, Background Design, Layout and Color and Character Animation.  Entrants submit their work from a single episode.  There can be one, more than one, or no recipients, depending on the level of excellence.”

“We received an unprecedented number of submissions this year and the level of accomplishment shown by these animators is amazing,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime Emmy Awards.  “The panel of peer judges have an incredibly high bar for these animators to reach and the work of these individuals chosen were all unanimously agreed upon as worthy of the prestigious Emmy Award.”

The panel chose to honor the work of six individuals:

Trollhunters, Netflix
Mike Chaffe, Animator – “Becoming, Part 1”

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Netflix
Kevin Dart, Art Director – “The Wrath Of Hughes”

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Nickelodeon
Phil Jacobson, Storyboard Artist – “Mall Ya Later”

Trollhunters, Netflix
Victor Maldonado, Character Designer – “Win, Lose Or Draal”

Little Big Awesome, Amazon
Khang Le, Art Director – “What’s The Trouble Bubble”

The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Netflix
Eastwood Wong, Background Painter – “Pea Dummy/Mary Anning”


The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2016 calendar year.

The 44th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards and The Daytime Emmy Awards is a presentation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Yangaroo, Inc. is the official provider of the Digital Media Distribution System Awards Management Solution (“DMDS”) for the submission, judging and voting of all programs in the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

All balloting for the Daytime Emmy Awards are compiled by the independent accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.

United Airlines is the official airline of the Daytime Emmy Awards and The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of over 16,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country.  Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including Regional Student Television and its Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv

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NATAS Press Contact:
Paul G. Pillitteri, SVP, Communications – ppillitteri@emmyonline.tv
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