TORONTO, March 14, 2016 /CNW/ - TVO was honoured at the Canadian Screen Awards, which recognizes excellence in film, television, and digital media, with four awards for its children's educational content and one for its documentary programming.
TVOKids received the following:
- Odd Squad won the award for Best Pre-School Program or Series. The series, produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment in association with TVO, was created for kids in Grades 1-2 and features two kid agents who solve math-related mysteries CSI-style.
- Finding Stuff Out received the award for Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series. Created and produced by Apartment 11 in association with TVO, Finding Stuff Out uses science to answer school-aged kids' questions about how things work.
- Finding Stuff Out host, and fan favourite, Harrison Houde was recognized for Best Host in a Pre-school, Children's or Youth Program or Series in the episode Poop. Finding Stuff Out is created and produced by Apartment 11 in association with TVO.
- Paw Patrol won for Best Direction in an Animated Program or Series for the Pups Save a Talent Show/Pups Save the Corn Roast episode. Produced in association with Spin Master, Paw Patrol is geared towards pre-school aged kids and is about superhero dogs that save the day by solving problems and watching over their community.
With a particular focus on STEAM subjects, TVO gets kids ready for school, life and to take on the world through the power of learning.
TVO-commissioned documentary Sugar Coated was also recognized, receiving the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program. TVO creates documentaries that address the social, economic, and political issues that matter to Ontarians. Produced in association with TVO, and created by filmmakers Michele Hozer and Janice Dawe, Sugar Coated is an eye-opening film which examines the various tactics that have many health experts calling sugar the new tobacco.
"We are incredibly proud that TVO and its independent producer partners are recognized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer, TVO. "This is a testament to the quality of our content and the hard work and vision of our Canadian independent producer partners, who collaborate with us to make learning engaging and illuminating for Ontarians of all ages."
TVO received a total of 28 nominations, including recognition for its made-at-TVO educational children's content, innovative digital media and ground-breaking documentaries.
As the technological extension of Ontario's public education system, TVO's vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
For further information: Media contact: Nicole Morrison, Public Relations Specialist, 416.484.2600 x2281, [email protected]