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Sheridan Grads play major role in Emmy Award-winning show

June 19, 2013

Sixty-five alumni part of award-winning production team

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2013
Oakville, Ontario

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 Friday evening.

Season Two of 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 Studio in Toronto and Hamilton’s Pipeline Studios. A total of 65 Sheridan graduates – 34 at Nelvana and 31 at Pipeline - worked on the show, which represents close to two-thirds of the overall crew. One of Nelvana’s supervising producers, Helen Lebeau, Vice President, Television Production at Corus Entertainment (the company that owns Nelvana), is also a graduate of Sheridan’s Media Arts program.

“We are so proud of our role on Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies and thrilled to have received this prestigious award”, said Lebeau.  “It is a tribute to the depth of talent in Nelvana's studio and a testament to the strength of the Canadian animation community."

Sheridan College has been a major source of animation talent for over forty years, and has built an international reputation for excellence in the field based on a blend of traditional and technology-driven approaches to the discipline.

“Sheridan has a very strong legacy in animation,” says Dr. Angela Stukator, Sheridan’s Associate Dean, Animation and Game Design.  “It stems from our commitment to teaching the fundamentals of the art form. Only after students have developed a sense of using pencils, paper and paint do they work in traditional cartooning or 2D and 3D film making.  With three hours of homework for every one hour in class, they also develop the patience and precision that are required to excel in this very meticulous and rigorous type of work.”

About Sheridan

Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is the largest arts school in Canada.  Its four-year Bachelor of Animation degree traditionally receives 800 applications from across Canada, the US, Korea, China, India and Brazil for 125 spaces each year. Another three, eight-month long post-graduate certificates are offered in computer animation, digital character animation, and digital visual effects to enable individuals to further hone their craft.  Sheridan is currently working on becoming Ontario’s first university that is exclusively dedicated to undergraduate applied and professional education.  Under the new model, creativity will become a hallmark of a Sheridan education and students will have even more pathways to continue learning throughout their careers.