Daytime Entertainment Emmy for 'Outstanding Writing in Animation' Goes to Scholastic's PBS Kids Series "WordGirl"


Award marks WordGirl’s third win in this category


New York, NY — June 17, 2013 — Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today that its acclaimed animated series WordGirl®®, which airs on PBS KIDS and is produced by its animation studio Soup2Nuts, was awarded the Daytime Emmy® Award for ‘Outstanding Writing in Animation.’ It was presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on June 14 at the 40th Annual Creative Arts & Entertainment Daytime Emmy® Awards ceremony. This marks the third win for the show in this category – having won in 2008 and 2012; the series has been nominated for ten Emmy’s since it premiered in 2007. Jack Ferraiolo, Writer and Co-Creator, accepted the award on behalf of the winning team: Head Writer, Tom Martin, and Writers, Jayne Hamil and Ryan Raddatz.

"It is a tremendous honor to have WordGirl’s outstanding writing team recognized for a third time by the Academy," said Deborah Forte, Executive Producer of WordGirl and President of Scholastic Media. "Season after season, the show distinguishes itself with sharp, entertaining and meaningful stories that resonate with viewers – young and old. We’re delighted the Academy chose to recognize the writing team once again – especially fitting for a show about the extraordinary power of words."

Returning voice talent for the sixth season, scheduled to premiere August 5th on PBS KIDS (check local listings) includes Dannah Phirman (“MadTV”) as WordGirl, Chris Parnell (“30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live”) as the Narrator, Maria Bamford (“Louie,” “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil”) as Mrs. Botsford, Ryan Raddatz as Mr. Botsford and Scoops, James Adomian (“Last Comic Standing”) as Mr. Birg, Daran Norris (“The Fairly OddParents,” “Big Time Rush”) as Seymour Smooth, Kristen Schaal (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “30 Rock”) as Victoria Best, Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob Squarepants”) as Dr. Two Brains, TJ and Beau Handsome, John C. McGinley (“Scrubs,” “Burn Notice”) as Whammer, Patton Oswalt (“Justified,” “Two and a Half Men”) as Tobey, and Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) as Mr. Big, among others. Jane Lynch (“Glee”) guest stars as Miss Power in ‘The Rise of Miss Power’ special, originally broadcast in 2012, which will air in Season 6 over the course of two episodes.

In addition to the show’s Emmy awards and nominations, it also has won three Gracie Awards, a Television Critics Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Animation,” a KidScreen Award for Best Voice Talent, an iParenting Media Award, and three Telly Awards,. WordGirl books are published by Scholastic, series-related games and puzzles are available from Briarpatch, and an app is available for the iPhone.


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