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Karrot’s 2017 BAFTA Nominations!

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We’ve got an amazing bit of news! In case you missed it (and the collective cheer that came up from Karrot HQ!), Karrot’s gone and received THREE BAFTA nominations! We’re all so excited, and very proud of our crew!

Sarah & Duck – Nominated for Best Preschool Animation

Now in it’s 3rd series, this is Sarah & Duck’s 4th nomination in this category (winning once in 2014!), and we’re absolutely thrilled that the show is still receiving such amazing recognition.

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The Snowy Day – Nominated for Best International Production

The Snowy Day is a a Christmas special that we worked on with the good people at Amazon, adapted from the book by Ezra Jack Keats. It’s great to see it’s appeal spreading worldwide after a very warm reception (and Emmy award!) over in America.

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Karrot Entertainment – Independent Production Company of the Year

This really takes the cake – we’re blushing! To be highlighted in this category and to be featured alongside such high calibre nominees makes us very proud. Here’s what our Jamie, one of Karrot’s founding members, had to say:

“The Karrot crew have been producing outstanding work in the last year and I’m delighted that they can now all take a massive amount of credit for these three nominations! I’m very proud that, in our 3rd season,Sarah & Duck is still at the top of its game and taking audiences on funny and mesmerising journeys. We’re also elated that the special we made with Amazon Studios, The Snowy Day, has been so warmly recieved and is now competing against the strongest shows of the year from around the world!”

We’re over the moon, and want to thank everyone for their continued support!

Click here to see a complete list of this year’s nominees!

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The Snowy Day scoops up 2 Daytime Emmy Awards!

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We are super excited to share that Karrot were in attendance at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards in California on the 28th April, where the team from Karrot, Amazon and the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation were lucky enough to receive not one, but two Emmy Awards!

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‘The Snowy Day’ had been nominated for an amazing 5 categories and the special ended up taking home the awards for ‘Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animation’ and ‘Outstanding Music Direction and Composition’, thanks to our wonderful soundtrack by Kris Bowers and Rosanna Wright.

The 38-minute holiday special for Amazon Studios was directed and produced at our studio here in London, animated using CelAction 2D. Working with the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, we worked to carefully adapt the art style of the original book to recreate a timeless Brooklyn setting in what was our studio’s largest, most ambitious production to date.

There’s a list of the winners on Animation Magazine:  http://www.animationmagazine.net/events/2017-daytime-emmy-award-winners/

Huge congratulations to the whole team for their hard work. What amazing recognition, eh?

“Receiving an Emmy for our work on The Snowy Day is really thrilling,” says Co-Director Jamie Badminton. “We’re so very proud to be flying the flag for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation and to bring a story that’s special to so many people to life. Standalone TV specials are rarely made, so we’re so pleased Amazon Studios saw the potential in the book and trusted Karrot to help realise the iconic story of Peter’s day in the snow for a fresh generation”

If you haven’t watched The Snowy Day yet, it’s still available on Amazon Prime.

Here’s a teaser:

Here’s a UK and US link to the full 38 minute special.

UK – http://amzn.to/2fbCeld
USA – http://amzn.to/2g88JNW

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FIVE Emmy Nominations for ‘The Snowy Day’!

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We’re over the moon to announce some amazing news!

The 2017 Daytime Emmy nominations have just been announced and the Christmas special we produced for Amazon Studios, ‘The Snowy Day’ has been nominated in FIVE categories! Massive congratulations to everyone involved in bringing Ezra Jack Keats’ classic book to life!

The nominated categories are:

Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program

Executive Producers:
Ann Austen, Laurence Fishburne, Deborah Pope, Irene Sherman, Helen Sugland, Chris White
Producers:
Jamie Badminton, Tom Jordan

Outstanding Directing in a Pre-School Animated Program

Directors:
Jamie Badminton, Rufus Blacklock
Animation Director:
Jack Tilley

Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special

Voice Casting and Dialogue Direction:
Jamie Simone (Studiopolis)

Outstanding Music Direction and Composition

Music Supervisor:
Rossanna S. Wright
Music By:
Kris Bowers

Outstanding Sound Mixing – Pre-School Animated Program

Ben Hood (Platform Post Production)

 

We want to wish the best of luck to all the nominees!

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Sarah & Duck on Stage!

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Big news everybody – your favourite child and water fowl duo are headed to a stage near you!

Teaming up with MEI Theatrica and Polka Theatre, Karrot is thrilled to announce that starting in April 2017, Sarah & Duck will be staging their first live show on a national tour! A brand new story, ‘Big Top Birthday’ features your favourite characters! The play will make its debut in London and then hit the road in May, travelling from Milton Keynes to Swansea, and beyond!

Head over to Sarah & Duck’s website for dates and ticket information now!

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Kidscreen Awards 2017!

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A big congrats to our Sarah & Duck team for bringing home our second Kidscreen Award!

The Kidscreen Awards take place annually during the Kidscreen Summit in Miami, celebrating the year’s best work in children’s television. We’re delighted to announce that Sarah & Duck picked up the Kidscreen Award for Best Preschool Animated series!

Catch our award winning show here on the BBC iPlayer.

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