The nominees for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation find out that they’ve won before the awards’ ceremony, so at the ceremony it’s treated sort of like one category, even though the winners are from different shows. Four of our five Emmy wins were for this category.
The big moment came when Alex Trebek read the nominees for Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Animated Program. When he read “Tumble Leaf” as the winner, everyone at the winning table shouted cheers of joy and wiped a few tears away. All of the Bix Pixers went to the stage with the Producers to collect the award.
I asked Kelli and Jodi how they felt when they announced that we had won for best show?
“It made all of the hard work worth it. It made me realize that I wasn’t crazy or alone, in believing our show is beautiful.” -Kelli Bixler, Executive Producer
“Validated! When you work so hard on a show and you think that it’s wonderful, then an audience finally sees it and thinks the same thing well, it’s a great feeling!” -Jodi Downs, Producer
Pictured left to right: Michael Granberry, Robyn Yannoukos, Drew Hodges, Tara Sorensen, Kelli Bixler, Jason Kolowski, Jodi Downs, Trisha Gum
I asked Kelli and Drew how their acceptance speeches went:
“A deer in headlights. Literally. The production lights were so bright! You always hear people say that, but it’s really true! My mind wandered back to when I was eight-years-old and I was watching the Emmys on TV with my family. I couldn’t believe that I was really there. Then, I suddenly realized that I was up there on stage and hadn’t spoken for at least ten seconds! Thankfully, my Bix Pix team were all standing behind me with their Emmys in hand. That brought me back to reality.” - Kelli Bixler, Executive Producer
“I didn’t give a speech for Best Show. It was fun to watch the crowd react to Kelli’s (delayed) speech. Ten seconds is a long time!”- Drew Hodges, Creator, Executive Producer
And the Emmy Goes to...
Kelli Bixler about to make her acceptance speech.
What a great Emmy night for “Tumble Leaf”! Five Emmy Wins!! We tied with “Sesame Street” for the second-most awards earned. Five Emmys for our first season on the air…
The Emmy-winners left the awards ceremony and met up with the rest of the “Tumble Leaf” crew at a local spot where they serve adult beverages. Everyone celebrated the Emmy wins and partied the night away!
Bix Pix 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: Character Animation
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: Colorist
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: Production Designer
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation: Character Designer
April 24, 2015