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Sheridan Grads Play Major Role in Emmy-Award Winning Show

June 24, 2013

Bubble Guppies, a Nickelodeon-produced television series for the pre-school set, has won in the Outstanding Pre-School Animated Program category at the 40th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The awards ceremony took place in Los Angeles on June 14. 

A total of 65 Sheridan graduates – 34 at Toronto’s Nelvana Studios and 31 at Hamilton’s Pipeline Studios - worked on the show, which represents close to two-thirds of the overall crew. Bubble Guppies was produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios in New York City, and airs on that network in the US, and in Canada on Treehouse and Nickelodeon (Canada), with production work done at Nelvana and Pipeline. One of Bubble Guppies supervising producers, Helen Lebeau, Vice President, Television Production at Corus Entertainment (the company that owns Nelvana), is a Sheridan Media Arts graduate. 

“We are so proud of our role on Bubble Guppies and thrilled to have received this prestigious award,” said Helen. “It is a tribute to the depth of talent in Nelvana's studio and a testament to the strength of the Canadian animation community." Helen is a member of Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design Alumni Board of Directors. 

Children’s program Justin Time, created by Toronto’s Guru Studio, was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the same category. Among the 32 alumni at Guru who contributed to making Justin Time is Frank Falcone, Guru’s President and Creative Director, and one of the show’s Executive Producers. A 1992 graduate of the Sheridan-U of T Art & Art History Program, Frank serves as the Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation Degree.