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NEW YORK, December 3, 2020 – Winners in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation for this year’s Daytime Emmy® Awards were announced today by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS).

“Today, we proudly honor the outstanding professionals that make up the individual achievement in animation category in our Daytime Emmy® Awards,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS. “As we continue to rise to the challenge of honoring our Emmy® Award recipients during COVID-19, we happily celebrate these talented individuals who bring us the marvel of children’s animation programming in these challenging times.”

The category has historically been judged by an in-person panel viewing and evaluating artwork, video and other documentation. Originally scheduled to occur in March, 2020, the judging was at first postponed due to COVID-19. As time passed it was ultimately decided that adjudication could be completed via an online process. Judges viewed and evaluated materials virtually, discussed the fine points of each submission and this year they chose six winners.

“The animation community was again impressed with the high quality of submissions and we were thrilled that the judging process could be accomplished in a new judging environment,” said Brent Stanton, Executive Director, Daytime.

This year the Daytime Emmys received a record number of submissions in the category of Individual Achievement in Animation. In this juried award, work was submitted by art directors, storyboard artists, background designers, painters, character designers and animators.

The six winners are:

Olivia Ceballos, Visual Development Artist
“Trolls: The Beat Goes On!” Netflix

Savelen Forrest, Character Animator
“Tumble Leaf” Amazon Prime Video

Wei Li, Storyboard Artist
“Carmen Sandiego” Netflix

Sylvia Liu, Art Director
“Carmen Sandiego” Netflix

Steve Lowtwait, Background Designer
“Big City Greens” Disney Channel

Chris O’Hara, Character Animator
“Ask the StoryBots” Netflix

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a 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® Awards for News & Documentary, Sports, and Daytime television programming, as well as achievements in television Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of more than 18,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the United States Beyond awards, NATAS provides extensive educational programs through its Foundation, including regional and national scholarships and Student Production Awards.

Paul Pillitteri                        

Harlan Boll