diversity will host its inaugural Family Entertainment Awards Dinner presented by Kidoodle.TV on December 8th in Los Angeles. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the exclusive invitation-only event for their achievements in corporate governance, creative storytelling and franchise-building of entertainment that connects fans of all ages.
The celebration is tied diversity‘s Family Entertainment Impact Report, highlighting the leaders, creators and talent who have had a significant impact on the family entertainment ecosystem in 2022.
The evening’s program includes an awards ceremony to this year’s Tribute Honorees, including the diversity The Leadership Award is presented to Pete Docter, Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios, recognizing his commitment to excellence in storytelling at the animation studio, which has released 26 feature films and several short films beginning with Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story” in 1995.
LeVar Burton will receive a Storytelling Visionary Award recognizing his legacy in educating children and their families.
Raven-Symoné will receive a Storytelling Visionary Award recognizing her creative longevity in family programming, from her days on That’s So Raven to the present as executive producer and lead actress on Raven’s Home.
The series “Cobra Kai” receives a Storytelling Visionary Award for programs that engage all generations of family members and is accepted by its creators and executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and show star Xolo Maridueña. Cobra Kai is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix.
Kidoodle.TV will honor Julian Shapiro-Barnum, creator and host of Recess Therapy, with the Family Entertainment Safe Streaming Hero Award.
diversity will honor “SpongeBob SquarePants” with the Franchise Award and celebrate the overwhelming success of the animated franchise in TV, film, toys, merchandise and more.
Kidoodle.TV will be highlighting three charities at the event – Baby2Baby, Mamas for Mamas and The Dream Machine. Kidoodle.TV helps Baby2Baby continue to provide winter needs to vulnerable families and has committed to feeding 10 of the organization’s most vulnerable families for a full year. Kidoodle.TV partners with Mamas For Mamas by providing monthly support to their highest risk families and they also support The Dream Machine by feeding 10 families for a full year.
“This is a great opportunity not only to celebrate the many achievements of family entertainment, but also to do important community work that we care about,” said Neil Gruninger, president and chief product officer of A Parent Media Co. Inc. (owner of Kidoodle.TV). “Families around the world have chosen Kidoodle.TV to stream their favorite shows and because of that we can give back in a meaningful way.”
“We are thrilled to have Kidoodle.TV supporting our launch celebration of creators, producers, executives and talent dedicated to producing excellence in children’s and family entertainment,” said Dea Lawrence, diversityis Chief Operating and Marketing Officer. “Family entertainment has several positive impacts on the community, and we’re excited to shine a spotlight on the talented individuals at the forefront of this important genre.”
To celebrate the evening diversity benefits the nonprofit Extraordinary Families, an LA-based foster and adoption agency that strives to provide loving homes for children and young people.
The dinner will be covered in print, as well as on Variety.com and other sites diversityThe social media of .