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Daytime Emmys Creative Arts Awards: ‘Young And The Restless’, ‘Sesame Street’ Among Winners

CBS and The Young and the Restless were the top winners Friday at the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts Awards, which were handed out at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, the site of tomorrow’s 46th annual Daytime Emmys.

The Young and the Restless scored five nods at the ceremony, which honored the year’s best in children’s and animated programming along with crafts. Baobab Studios’ animated Crow: The Legend and Amazon Prime’s soap After Forever scored four wins apiece.

The syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show was one of four shows with three wins apiece, among them for directing and writing. Others with three included HBO’s Sesame Street, which was named Outstanding Preschool Children’s Series; NBC’s Days of Our Lives, which leads all programs this year with 27 total noms; and CBS’ The Talk.

Other marquee children’s programming winners included PBS’ Odd Squad, which won the Outstanding
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‘Watership Down’: First Trailer For Netflix & BBC One Animated Rabbit Drama

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‘Watership Down’: First Trailer For Netflix & BBC One Animated Rabbit Drama
When they catch you, they will kill you… but first they must catch you. Ominous words in the first trailer for the remake of classic animated drama Watership Down.

The trailer for the Netflix and BBC One co-pro gives off an almost Game of Thrones vibe as it follows the adventure, courage and survival of a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home.

The series, which airs around Christmas on both the British public broadcaster and Svod service, has an A-list cast including James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega, Gemma Arterton, Rosamund Pike, Gemma Chan, Peter Capaldi, Taron Egerton, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby.

Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England,
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‘Watership Down’: Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan & Taron Egerton Join Cast As First Images Revealed

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‘Watership Down’: Rosamund Pike, Peter Capaldi, Gemma Chan & Taron Egerton Join Cast As First Images Revealed
A Private War star Rosamund Pike, Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi, Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan and Kingsman’s Taron Egerton have joined the voice cast of the BBC and Netflix’s adaptation of Watership Down.

It comes as the first images of the show are revealed. The quartet join the likes of James McAvoy, Daniel Kaluuya, Nicholas Hoult, Ben Kingsley, John Boyega and Gemma Arterton, which is produced by 42 and Biscuit Entertainment.

Pike will play The Black Rabbit Of Inlé, Capaldi plays seagull Kehaar, Egerton joins as El-Ahrairah and Chan plays Dewdrop.

Elsewhere, Miles Jupp, Freddie Fox, Mackenzie Crook, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff, Rory Kinnear, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Watkins, Craig Parkinson, Henry Goodman, Lee Ingleby, Charlotte Spencer and Daniel Rigby round out the A-list cast.

Adapted for the screen by Tom Bidwell (My Mad Fat Diary), Watership Down uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring a
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Miles Teller Sails To ‘The Ark and The Aardvark’

Miles Teller Sails To ‘The Ark and The Aardvark’
Miles Teller has been set as the lead voice for Unified Pictures' upcoming animated feature The Ark and the Aardvark. directed by Kung Fu Panda filmmaker John Stevenson. Teller will play the lead role of Gilbert, an outcast aardvark, in the story of Noah's Ark told from the perspective of animals. It’s directed by Kung Fu Panda filmmaker John Stevenson and is currently in production. Unified's Keith Kjarval and Kurt Rauer produce while Cecil Kramer, a producer on Aardman…
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Miles Teller joins Unified’s 'Aardvark'

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The actor has boarded the voice cast in the lead role as Gilbert in The Ark And The Aardvark, Keith Kjarval’s company confirmed on Monday.

The film tells the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of the animals, specifically a group of misfits lead by Teller’s character. Teller currenbtly stars in awards contender Bleed For This.

Oscar-nominee John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda, the upcoming Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes) directs the film, currently in production.

Kjarval and Kurt Rauer are producing and Cecil Kramer serves as executive producer alongside Ben Ruffman and Steve Goldstein of Unified, Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz, and Kitt Watson of Watson Enterprises.

“Gilbert is young, spirited, sarcastic, and we couldn’t have found a more perfect artist to bring Gilbert to life in Miles,” said Stevenson. “His humourously rebellious and clever repartee are both spot-on and wonderfully entertaining, and I cannot wait to tell this story
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"Panda" Director Tackles Animated "Noah's Ark"

John Stevenson ("Kung Fu Panda") has been hired to direct the CG animated feature "Noah's Ark" for Unified Pictures.

Philip Lazebnik ("The Prince Of Egypt," "Mulan") pens the script which tells the Biblical tale from the point of view of the animals. In particular it focuses on an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood.

Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and the aardvark discovers inner strength and ingenuity within him.

Cecil Kramer and Stevenson will executive produce the project which is in pre-production ahead of a 2016 release.

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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the
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'Kung Fu Panda' Director Takes on 'Noah's Ark' Animated Comedy

Unified Pictures announced today that Academy Award-nominated director John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda) will direct the company's first CG-animated feature inspired by Noah's Ark, which is slated for completion in 2016.

The animated comedy adventure is inspired by the classic tale, but tells the story from the point of view of the animals. The story follows an outcast aardvark by the name of Gilbert, who becomes the reluctant leader of a ragtag group of misfit animals that need to be led to the mighty ark before the impending flood. Along their journey, they band together to conquer unforeseen obstacles, and ultimately, Gilbert discovers within himself the inner strength and ingenuity to prove that in a world of "twos," he was truly destined to be "the one."

Here's what Unified Pictures President Keith Kjarval had to say in a statement.

"John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the
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John Stevenson to direct Noah’s Ark

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Unified Pictures has hired Ku Fu Panda director John Stevenson to make its first CGI feature.

Noah’s Ark is in pre-production and earmarked for completion in 2016. Stevenson will direct from a script by Philip Lazebnik, whose credits include The Prince Of Egypt, Mulan and Pocahontas, and Glen Dolman.

The story will tell the Biblical tale from the point of view of the animals and centres on an outcast aardvark who becomes the reluctant leader of a motley crew of imperilled misfits.

Executive producers are Cecil Kramer and Stevenson are overseeing production with Unified PicturesKurt Rauer and president Keith Kjarval.

John Stevenson is among the finest storytellers and animation filmmakers in the business and brings with him a wealth of experience, said Kjarval.

“His unique ability to personalise this global story with tremendous heart and humour is sure to make this an inspiring film for all ages.”

Stevenson added: “As soon as Kurt and Keith approached
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