Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Nickelodeon Shortlisted for a Raft of Awards in the 2020 Kidscreen Awards [Update: Winners Announced]!

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen has announced the exciting news that Nickelodeon, along with a raft of properties that feature on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., have been nominated for a wide selection of awards in the 2020 Kidscreen Awards!

Update (2/12/2020) - Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Canticos, Cleo & Cuquin, Hey Duggee, Just Add Magic and Kung-Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny were among the big winners at the 2020 Kidscreen Awards!

Winners of the 2020 Kidscreen Awards will be announced at a special presentation event to be held during Kidscreen Summit in Miami on Tuesday, February 11. New categories this year include Best Short Film, Best Kids-Only Streaming Service and Best YouTube Channel.

Update (12/17) - Kidscreen has announced that Nickelodeon came third place in the Top 10 Broadcasting companies category of their annual Hot50 list!

Below is a list of awards that Nickelodeon (including acquired properties) has been nominated for in the 2020 Kidscreen Awards. A full list of 2020 Kidscreen Awards finalists can be found at


Best Animated Series

  • Hey Duggee (Studio AKA; Airs on Nick Jr. USA) - WINNER
  • Claude (Sixteen South)
  • Peppa Pig (Entertainment One, Gaston’s Cave; Airs on Nick Jr. channels globally)

Hey Duggee also won "Best Voice Talent", "Best Design and "Best Music" in the CREATIVE TALENT portion of the awards!

Best Mixed-Media Series

  • Becca’s Bunch (JAM Media; Airs on Nick Jr. channels globally)
  • Yakka Dee! (Beakus, King Banana TV)
  • NIVIS – Amigos de Otro Mundo (Disney Latin America) - WINNER

Best Short Film

  • Nick Jr. Snizzle Song (Nickelodeon)
  • The Luchador Scooter Race (Sesame Workshop, Pipeline Studios)
  • Nick Jr Sunscreen Song (Nickelodeon) - WINNER


Best New Series

  • Kung-Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (DreamWorks Animation Television; Airs on Nickelodeon Netherlands) - WINNER
  • Serengeti (XIX Entertainment, John Downer Productions for Discovery Channel and BBC TV)
  • BIA (Disney Latin America)

Best Animated Series

  • Hilda (Silvergate Media, Netflix, Mercury Filmworks, Hilda Productions) - WINNER
  • Kung-Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (DreamWorks Animation Television; Airs on Nick in the Netherlands)
  • Little Big Awesome (Titmouse, Amazon Studios)

Best Live-Action Series

  • Once (Disney Latin America)
  • Odd Squad (Sinking Ship Entertainment, Fred Rogers Productions)
  • Holly Hobbie (Aircraft Pictures, Cloudco Entertainment, Wexworks Media)
  • Just Add Magic (Amazon Studios; Airs on Nickelodeon channels internationally) - WINNER


Best Live-Action Series

  • Jenny 2 – My Recovery (Ma Reconstruction) (Productions Avenida)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix) - WINNER
  • Find Me In Paris (Federation Kids & Family, Cottonwood Media; Airs on Nick UK & Eire)

Shortlisted entries in the Programming categories will be reviewed and assessed by a fresh panel of judges, including Paul DeBenedittis (Nickelodeon), Eryk Casamiro (Nickelodeon), Nina Hahn (Nickelodeon), Adina Pitt (Cartoon Network), Jane Gould (Disney Channels Worldwide), Henrietta Hurford-Jones (BBC Studios), Heather Tilert (Netflix), , Cristina Fiumara (Disney+), Linda Simensky (PBS KIDS), Tiphaine de Raguenel (France Télévisions), , Ed Horasz (Netflix) and Sarah Muller (BBC Children’s).


Best Learning App—Branded

  • Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn (HITN; Cleo & Cuquin airs on Nick Jr. USA) - WINNER
  • HOMER Stories (HOMER)
  • Amazon FreeTime (Amazon)

Best Game App—Branded

  • Dino Dana: Dino Quest (Sinking Ship Entertainment) - WINNER
  • PBS KIDS Games (PBS)
  • Ricky Zoom: Welcome to Wheelford (Entertainment One; Series airs on Nick Jr. in the USA and the UK & Ireland)

Best Web/App Series—Branded

  • Canticos Volume 2 (Encantos Media Studios, Nickelodeon) - WINNER
  • Sesame Steeet/HBO Respect Campaign (Sesame Workshop)
  • Cry Babies Magic Tears (IMC Toys)

Best Web/App Series—Original

  • Lili & Lola season two (Big Bad Boo Studios) - WINNER
  • Tot Cop (Mooshku, Nickelodeon, Noggin)
  • Miss Persona (Corus/Nelvana, Balloon House Pictures)


Best Game App—Branded

  • Do Not Touch (Nickelodeon) - WINNER
  • Danger Things: A Henry Danger Halloween Special – Screens Up App (Nickelodeon)
  • Hatchimals: Hatchtopia Life (Spin Master)

Shortlisted entries in the Digital categories will be judged by Kristen Kane (Viacom), Sara DeWitt (PBS KIDS), Robin Raskin (Living in Digital Times), David Kleeman (Dubit), Brenda Bisner (Kidoodle.TV), James Stephenson (Wonderstorm), Dan Efergan (Aardman Animations), Peter Robinson (KidsKnowBest), Sherri Glass (Cartoon Network) and Miles Ludwig (Sesame Workshop).

Additional details about the Kidscreen Awards—including categories, eligibility, judging and entry process—can be found online.

Congratulations and good luck to everyone nominated in the 2020 Kidscreen Awards!

Update (5/2/2020) - Official HITN Learning press release via Business Wire:

Educational App Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn Has Been Nominated for the 2020 Kidscreen Awards

The App comes from government-funded research and is driven by the popular Cleo & Cuquin characters as seen on YouTube and Netflix, and includes games, videos, and educational activities with AR effects, motivating preschoolers to develop the English-Spanish bilingual skills they need for kindergarten success

February 04, 2020 07:11 PM Eastern Standard Time

BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HITN Learning announced today that its app Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn, inspired by the popular YouTube phenomenon and Netflix series Cleo & Cuquin, has been selected as a finalist for the Kidscreen Award for Best Learning App – Branded in the Digital-Preschool category. Every year, Kidscreen Awards are given to the best children's works in television and digital media worldwide.

“We are proud that our app Cleo &Cuquin: Explore + Learn has been chosen as a finalist for the 2020 Kidscreen Awards. It is a wonderful teaching tool, designed by experts in early childhood education,” said David Rust, General Manager of HITN Learning. “The app is the result of hard work by our talented creative laboratory team, led by experienced leaders in the development of transmedia early childhood educational children's products, professionals such as Senior Director Jackson Tam, Producer Federico Sánchez, and is a fitting tribute to the late Erica Branch-Ridley, Vice President of Creative Development and Production at HITN Learning.”

The educational app Cleo & Cuquin: Explore + Learn contains material that is associated with school success in kindergarten and includes the critical math concepts of counting, sorting, and three-dimensional geometric shapes. HITN Learning launched this app last year, connected with an educational kit that includes several bilingual English-Spanish educational tools that help parents working with their preschoolers to develop math skills and solve problems in both languages.

The app has proven its effectiveness in the process of developing mathematical skills in preschoolers and promoting bilingual learning, while encouraging enjoyable play between parents and children.

Among the nominees for the 2020 Kidscreen Awards are entries from Sesame Workshop, Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Amazon, and Toca Boca. The winners will be announced during the Kidscreen awards gala, to be held at the InterContinental Miami, on February 12.

HITN Learning is the educational division of HITN. As such, it is dedicated to creating and promoting transmedia products that promote early childhood education, and across all children 0-14. HITN has been a pioneer of the transmedia approach for close to a decade as lead partner in the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC) that was the recipient of a $30 million ‘Ready To Learn’ grant from the US Department of Education in 2010.

About HITN Learning

HITN Learning is committed to the social, emotional, and academic success of Hispanic/Latino children ages 0-14. Its mission is to provide parents, caregivers, and teachers with original learning media products, in English and Spanish, which engage Hispanic families on their education journey. HITN Learning serves learners from all cultural backgrounds who value the bilingual English-Spanish experience.

To learn more visit


Below is the above press release en Español, also via Business Wire:


El App, resultado de un estudio financiado por el gobierno, está inspirado en la popular serie de YouTube y Netflix Cleo & Cuquin e incluye juegos, videos y actividades didácticas con efectos de realidad aumentada, motivando a los niños en edad prescolar a desarrollar las habilidades bilingües, inglés-español necesarias antes de entrar a la escuela

BROOKLYN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HITN Learning anunció hoy que su App Cleo & Cuquin:Explore + Learn inspirada en la popular serie de Neflix y YouTube: Cleo & Cuquin ha sido seleccionada como finalista a los premios Kidscreen Award en la categoría pre-escolar a la ‘Mejor App Educativa Digital de Marca’ (‘Best Learning App–Branded, Digital-Preschool category’). Cada año Kidscreen Awards premia los mejores trabajos infantiles en televisión y medios digitales a nivel global.

“Nos orgullese que nuestro App Cleo & Cuquin:Explore + Learn haya quedado finalista a los premios Kidscreen Award 2020, es una herramienta didáctica, maravillosa diseñada por expertos en educación infantil,” afirmó David Rust, Director General de HITN Learning. “El App es el resultado de un arduo trabajo en equipo de nuestro talentoso laboratorio creativo, dirigido por experimentados líderes en el desarrollo de productos infantiles educativos transmedia, profesionales como: Jack Tam, Director Senior, Federico Sánchez, Productor, y un tributo oportuno para la fallecida Erica Branch-Ridley, Vicepresidenta de Desarrollo Creativo y de Producción de HITN Learning.”

El App educativo Cleo & Cuquin:Explore + Learn contiene material asociado al éxito escolar en kindergarten e incluye conceptos de matemáticas como contar, clasificar, y formas geométricas tridimensionales. El año pasado HITN Learning lanzó al mercado este App como parte de un kit educativo equipado con varias herramientas didacticas bilingüe, inglés-español, que ayudan a los niños en edad preescolar a que desarrollen habilidades en las matemáticas y a resolver problemas en ambos idiomas.

El App que ha probado su efectividad en el proceso de desarrollo de destrezas matemáticas en niños de edad preescolar; promueve el aprendizaje bilingüe, desarollando destrezas matemáticas en los niños a la vez que fomenta el juego divertido entre padres e hijos.

Entre los nominados a los premios Kidscreen Awards 2020 se encuentran las propuestas de Sesame Workshop, Disney, Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, Amazon, y Toca Boca. Los ganadores serán anunciados durante la gala de premiación de los Kidscreen a celebrarse en el InterContinental de Miami, el próximo 12 de febrero.

HITN Learning, es la división educativa de HITN, que se dedica a la elaboración y promoción de productos con un enfoque transmedia, que promuevan la educación temprana en los niños. HITN se ha convertido en un pionero líder en este tipo de enfoques cerca de una década, conjuntamente con su socio Early Learning Collaborative (ELC); recipiente de una beca educativa de $30 millones ‘Ready To Learn’ del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos.

Sobre HITN Learning

HITN Learning está dedicada al éxito social, emocional y académico de los niños Hispanos/Latinos entre las edades de 0-14. Su misión consiste en proveer productos originales en inglés y español a padres, tutores y educadores con productos educativos transmedia en inglés y español, que acompañen a las familias hispanas en su travesía educativa. HITN Learning es útil para todos, sin importar sus antecedentes culturales, que aprecien la experiencia bilingüe inglés-español. Para más información, visite: HITN Learning


Official Encantos press release via Business Wire:

Encantos’ Bilingual Education Brand Canticos Wins the 2020 Kidscreen Award for Best Digital Preschool Web / App Series

The cast of Canticos (Graphic: Business Wire)

February 12, 2020 08:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

CULVER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Encantos, the award-winning B-Corp creating family entertainment education brands, announced that its bilingual education brand Canticos was awarded the 2020 Kidscreen Award for Best Digital Preschool Web / App Series (Branded). This is the second consecutive year that Canticos wins the Kidscreen award in this category. The Kidscreen Award winners were announced during the Kidscreen 2020 Summit in Miami at a special presentation on February 12th.

An Emmy-nominated series that is beloved by kids, parents, & educators, Canticos makes learning two languages (English and Spanish) fun for preschoolers while helping them develop early education skills needed for a successful start in Kindergarten. All over the world, nursery rhymes and songs have been used to introduce young children to early literacy and math concepts, to build social skills through singing and dancing, and to create cross-generational bonds through the preservation of these commonly known songs. Canticos combines the power of nursery rhymes with the benefits of bilingualism to provide children with an innovative learning experience.

Led by its three lead “Little Chickies / Los Pollitos” characters Ricky Chickie, Kiki Chickie and Nicky Chickie and supported by an ensemble cast of adorable characters, Canticos brings to life the most beloved nursery rhymes and songs across the Spanish-speaking world in a musical, bilingual way. From Latino classics like "Los pollitos" ("Little Chickens") to rhymes like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" ("La araña chiquita") to popular hits like La Bamba, kids and families can enjoy singing along in English and Spanish. Each nursery rhyme is sung in English and then immediately followed by a replay of events while it is sung in Spanish, with early learning concepts woven throughout such as letters, numbers, words, etc. Launched in 2016, Canticos is now the leading bilingual education brand offering award-winning books, consumer products, digital apps, music, sing-along videos, toys and more. Canticos can be found across Nickelodeon properties including Nick Jr., Nick, Noggin as well as YouTube.

Spanish is the second-most spoken language in the world and Hispanics are the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the United States making up 18% of the population. At nearly 60 million people, the United States has the second-largest Latino population in the world after Mexico and it is larger than countries such as Colombia, Spain and Argentina. Today, more than one-in-four of the nation’s newborns are Hispanic and in 18 states and the District of Columbia, Latino children account for at least 20% of public school kindergarten students.

Increasing, parents and educators are recognizing the benefits of being bilingual. Studies have shown that bilingual children were better at solving puzzles compared to monolingual children. A New York Times report on these studies declared that being bilingual “can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.”

“The goal of Canticos is to bring families together through a shared love of languages, music and culture,” said Susie Jaramillo, President and Chief Creative Officer, Encantos. “I wanted to create something beautiful and fun to celebrate nursery rhymes with kids of all backgrounds. We couldn’t be more excited to be recognized by Kidscreen with this award.”


Encantos is on a mission to inspire 21st century kids to reach their potential through 21st century skills. Using the power of entertainment & technology to reimagine education for the direct-to-consumer age, Encantos builds purpose-driven family brands focused on kids 14 & under including Canticos, Skeletitos and Tiny Travelers. It’s learner-centered approach and stage-based digital and physical offerings include apps, books, consumer products, subscription services and videos, and have received accolades and awards from Common Sense Media, Kidscreen, Kirkus Reviews, Parents Magazine and School Library Journal. For more information, visit and follow @encantosbrands on instagram and twitter.


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