The Kidscreen Awards, the 14-year-old competition that celebrates children's content excellence, is expanding into podcasting this year with seven producers up for grabs as the organization honors podcasts for preschoolers and older kids, and tweens and teens.
The nominees for the tweens and teens programming category include Wonkybot Studios’ Tara Tremendous, Gen-Z Media’s Tomorrow: The Continuing Adventures of Annie Warbucks, and Wondery’s Whose Amazing Life?.
“We're thrilled and honored to be recognized by our peers in the industry," said Wonkybot CEO Stewart St John, who is also the Tara Tremendous creator and showrunner. “Kidscreen has done an incredible job of bringing attention to the work being done in the kids and family podcast space, so we were elated when they announced this new category as part of their prestigious awards ceremony. And even more excited to be part of it. We couldn’t be prouder!"
In the kids programing category, the Kidscreen Awards has selected three finalists for best podcasts including Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest and Opal Watson Private Eye – both from Pinna – and the Story Pirates production The Story Pirates Podcast.
And in the preschool programming category, there are also three nominees for best podcast. They include the Spotify-Headspinner Productions podcast Gardenkeeper Gus, Wondery’s Little Stories Everywhere, and the Sesame Street-Audible production The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends.
For the third year in a row, Netflix has grabbed the lion’s share of Kidscreen Awards nominations, with a total of 13 shortlisted entries. Nipping at the streamer’s heels is Sesame Workshop with a dozen nods, which is double its tally from 2022 – including its best podcast nomination.
Shortlisted entries in the podcast programming categories will be reviewed and assessed by a panel of judges, including Rick Clodfelter (Disney Branded Television), Libbie Doherty (ABC Australia), Rafael Garcia (Disney Branded Television), Chris Hutchison (Disney Branded Television), Kate Morton (BBC Children’s), Sarah Muller (BBC Children’s), Lucy Murphy (Sky Kids), Zack Olin (Nickelodeon), Adriano Schmid (PBS KIDS), Vicky Schroderus (YLE Children), Heather Tilert (Netflix) and Kristofer Updike (NBCUniversal).
This year’s winners will be announced live at a special awards ceremony at Kidscreen Summit 2023 in Miami on February 14, Read the complete list of nominees HERE.