CalArts Alums Win 2021 Daytime Emmy Awards

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On Saturday, July 17, CalArtians Zesung Kang (Film/Video BFA 11) and Eric Darnell (Film/Video MFA 90) were recognized in the Children’s & Animation and Lifestyle categories at the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Kang, the director of Netflix’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, was honored for Individual Achievement in Animation – Storyboard. The evening’s host, actor and singer-songwriter Raven-Symoné, noted the spectacular storyboarding produced by this year’s honorees.

“What do you do when you see multiple cases of impressive work?” asked Raven-Symoné. “The jury this year decided that two individuals merited the Emmy in Storyboard Design.”

Kang tied for the prize with Karl Hadrika, the storyboard artist for Hulu’s Animaniacs. Watch Kang’s acceptance speech above (approx. 3:03 timestamp). 

Eric Darnell (Film/Video MFA 90) and Mathias Chelebourg, director and co-director of Baobab Studios’ virtual reality film Baba Yaga, received the Emmy for Outstanding Directing Team for a Daytime Animated Program. Baba Yaga also took home the award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation – Character Design (art direction by Kal Athannassov).

See the full list of the evening’s winners on TV Line.

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PUBLISHED BY Taya Zoormandan

As digital content and social media producer, Taya enjoys lifting up the stories and accomplishments of CalArts' students, alums, and faculty. She fancies herself a visual artist but is really more of an overzealous collector of art supplies.

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