Thu. Sep 24th, 2020

Apple TV+ makes streaming service history with Daytime Emmy Award wins for ‘Ghostwriter’ and ‘Peanuts in Space’

This weekend, Apple TV+ became the first streaming service to win Daytime Emmys awards in their first year of eligibility, with Ghostwriter taking Outstanding Children’s or Family Viewing Programming and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10 for Outstanding Single Camera Editing.

Hailing from Sesame Workshop, Ghostwriter is an acclaimed re-imagining of the 1992 classic that also helps build reading comprehension and vocabulary skills, and expands kids’ understanding of creative writing. In addition to the series’ historic Daytime Emmy nominations and win, the series has earned a Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Award, as well as recognition from Common Sense Media, who call the series a “great pick for grade schoolers and their parents” and note that it is “well written” and “so much fun to watch.”

“Ghostwriter” has been hailed as a “knockout,” and a “clever” show for today’s intelligent youth, with a multicultural cast that allows for a broad audience of children (ages 6 to 11) to see themselves in the characters. The show’s curriculum aims to increase reading comprehension and fundamentals, vocabulary and writing, and encourages kids to derive fun from all kinds of literature. Academy Award-winning and DGA-nominated Luke Matheny is the writer and director of the series.

“We could not be more thrilled and proud to have our children’s programs honored by the Daytime Emmy Awards,” said Tara Sorensen, Apple’s head of children’s programs.  “These awards are a true testament to the hard work, creative vision and undeniable talents of everyone involved, and tremendous fan response from kids and families around the world.  Special thanks to our incredible partners at Sesame Workshop, Sinking Ship and Peanuts for helping us make this historic moment possible.”

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10 tries to solve the great mystery: Was Snoopy a top-secret astronaut? Starring Jeff Goldblum as a self-published NASA historian and Ron Howard as himself, “Peanuts in Space” takes an affectionate, lighthearted look at NASA and Charles M. Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters.

Apple TV+ is home to new, original series from some of today’s most trusted franchises in kids and family programming, including Sesame Workshop and Peanuts, as well as the upcoming “Fraggle Rock” from The Jim Henson Company, and newly imagined original series based on the stories and drawing of Maurice Sendak.

Since its global launch in November 2019, Apple TV+ has landed a total of 25 awards wins and accolades, and 71 awards nominations, including Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Jennifer Aniston at the SAG Awards and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Crudup at the Critics Choice Awards; three Golden Globe Award nominations for The Morning Show, which were earned just shortly after the series premiered; a Peabody Award for comedy series Dickinson; an NAACP Image Award for the series Truth Be Told; and a Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award for the film The Elephant Queen.

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