Hey Duggee recently won the Pre-School Award at International Emmy Kids Awards. The children’s TV show consistently ranks in the top three programmes on CBeebies and was created by University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Animation alumni, Grant Orchard.
The International Emmy Kids Awards are held every year in recognition of the best children’s television, with categories including Pre-School, Animation, Digital, Factual and Non-Scripted. Hey Duggee won in the Pre-School category for the second time in a row.
At this year’s glitzy ceremony held in Cannes, Grant – who works for Studio AKA –attended with his colleagues and accepted the award in person. “It was very sophisticated and chic” said Grant.
Speaking about how much the award win means to him Grant said: “A great deal. It’s the second time we’ve won the award. So, like someone said to me- it means it’s not a fluke and that we’re getting more things right than wrong. Also, it’s brilliant for everyone involved in the project, as they put in so much hard work and effort.”
Hey Duggee is now on its second season and this latest award win demonstrates that Grant’s show is going from strength to strength. But just how did Grant envisage his future would pan out after he graduated in 1995: “I had vague, naïve dreams of what I wanted to do when I left UCA. It’s not happened exactly the way I planned but a lot has happened. Which I’m really grateful for. The importance of narrative was a big lesson drummed into us at UCA but, since working on longer format projects it’s really come into its own. Also, an appreciation and knowledge of the history of animation is vital.”
So what piece of advice would Grant offer other budding-animators? “Be keen, know your subject, know who’s doing good work in what your keen on doing. Get as much experience as you can in all facets of the job,” said Grant.
Hey Duggee continues its success with the recent launch in March of Hey Duggee - Season 3 and several product launches planned for release later this year.
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