Variety will be hosting the TV Kidoodle Family Entertainment Awards Dinner on December 8 in Los Angeles. This year's winners will be honored at an invite-only event for their achievements in executive direction, creative storytelling, and entertainment franchises that connect fans of all ages.
The celebration coincides with Variety 's Family Entertainment Impact report, which highlights the executives, creators and talent who have the most significant impact on the family entertainment ecosystem in 2022.
The evening's event will include this year's awards ceremony, including the Variety Arts Leadership Award presented to Pete Docter, Founding Director of Pixar Animation Studios. Feature films and several short films began with Disney and Pixar's Toy Story in 1995.
Levar Burton will receive the Storytelling Visionary Award, which honors his contributions to the education of children and their families.
Raven-Simone will receive the Storytelling Visionary Award, recognizing her creative longevity in family programming, from her days on It's So Raven to executive producing and starring in House of Raven.
Cobra Kai will receive the Storytelling Visionary Award for Programming Across Generations and will be honored by creators and executive producers Josh Held, John Horowitz, Hayden Schlossberg, and show star Xolo Maridueña. Cobra Kai is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.
Kidoodle.TV is brought to you by the creators of Recess Therapy and hosted by Julian Shapiro-Barnum with a Family Entertainment Safe Broadcasting Hero Award.
Variety will honor SpongeBob SquarePants with its Excellence Award, celebrating the animated series' immense success across television, film, games, merchandise, and more.
Kidoodle.TV will feature three charities at the event: Baby2Baby, Mamas for Mamas, and The Dream Machine. Kidoodle.TV continues to provide Baby2Baby to families in need this winter and aims to feed the 10 most vulnerable families year-round. Kidoodle.TV partners with Mamas For Mamas to provide monthly support to at-risk families, and they also support The Dream Machine by feeding 10 families each year.
President and Chief Production Officer Neil Granninger of Parent Media Corporation said, "This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of Family Entertainment, as well as join in on important philanthropic activities that are close to our hearts." (Owner of Kidoodle.TV). “Families around the world have chosen Kidoodle.TV to broadcast their favorite shows to thank them in a meaningful way.”
"We are thrilled to support Kidoodle.TV's first-ever celebration of creators, producers, directors, and talent striving for excellence in children's and family entertainment," said Dia Lawrence, Variety's director of operations and marketing . “Family entertainment makes a positive impact on society and we are excited to highlight the talented people at the forefront of this important genre.”
To celebrate tonight, you'll be helping Variety Families Extraordinary, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit foster and adoption organization that works to create loving families for children and young adults.
The dinner will be featured in print, as well as on social media sites Variety.com and Variety .
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