press release: Daytime Emmy noms for Canadian-produced Cat in the Hat

By Mike Valiquette



Martin Short for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program &
David Schweitzer for Outstanding Original Song – Children’s & Animation

Toronto, CANADA – May 11, 2011 – Co-Producers Portfolio Entertainment and Collingwood O’Hare Productions are thrilled to announce Daytime Emmy Award nominations for “The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!”. Actor Martin Short has been nominated for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program and Composer David Schweitzer for Outstanding Original Song in the Children’s and Animation category.

“We are thrilled that the incredible talents of Martin Short and David Schweitzer are recognized by these prestigious Emmy nominations. Martin Short truly embraces the character of the Cat in the Hat, bringing charm, humour and an impish exuberance that is truly engaging.  David Schweitzer’s music is fresh and captivating and makes every Cat in the Hat adventure one to sing about..over and over again!” said Julie Stall, Producer.

Hamilton-born award winning comedian Martin Short began his career on Canada’s SCTV Comedy Network. His hilarious impressions landed him as a regular on Saturday Night Live and straight to the Hollywood screen with feature films such as Three Amigo’s, Tim Burton’s “Mars Attack” and Father of The Bride to name a few.  Short has also written and produced for television and performed on Broadway. Most recently Short appeared on the highly acclaimed television series Damages.

Award winning composer David Schweitzer has scored over 100 film, television and theatre projects. This unique and inventive lyricist and songwriter is most knows for his work on titles such as Human, Jamie’s Chef, Mike the Knight and Charlie & Lola to name a few.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! has consistently been a top ranking show since its launch this past summer on Treehouse (Canada) and PBS KIDS (USA). The series has already been sold to over 60 countries worldwide, and has now launched internationally airing in Spain, Italy, Korea, Australia (Disney Playhouse), Israel (HOP!), Norway (NRK), and Finland (MTV OY) to name a few. The series also offers interstitials and an online gaming component accompaniment.

These prestigious nominations come after a recent win for writer Karen Moonah at the WGC Awards and a further nomination in the Animation Three to Five Years category from the Youth Media Alliance Award of Excellence committee.

Dr. Seuss’ beloved Cat In The Hat comes to television with a perfect blend of entertainment and education in the highly acclaimed series “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!”. Fuelled by curiosity and imagination, the Cat, best friends Nick and Sally, Thing One and Thing Two embark on extraordinary adventures into the natural world.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!  is a Portfolio Entertainment/Collingwood O’Hare Production, A Canada UK Co-Production produced with PBS (USA), Treehouse (Canada), and with the financial participation of the Canadian Television Fund, the Shaw Rocket Fund, and the Government of Canada.  The series is distributed by Portfolio Entertainment.

Portfolio Entertainment is one of Canada’s leading independent producers and distributors of award-winning childrens, factual, and primetime content.  Founders Lisa Olfman and Joy Rosen’s reputation for developing strong international partnerships and creating new business opportunities has landed their programming on some of the world’s most prestigious television networks and digital content providers.

The company’s distribution division, Portfolio International, represents over 2,000 episodes of animated and lifestyle programming. It’s entrepreneurial approach to deal making, insight into market trends and emerging players, has benefitted the many independent producers it represents. Broadcasters worldwide look to Portfolio International for both high quality programs and exceptional service.

Collingwood O’Hare Productions was established in 1988 by Tony Collingwood (Writer/Director) and Christopher O’Hare (MD/Producer). The company has earned a prestigious international reputation as a creator and producer of award-winning, high-quality animated series, specials and television features. In 2001, 2002 and 2004 Collingwood O’Hare won BAFTA Awards for Best Pre-School Animation for Animal Stories, Eddy &The Bear and Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!  Their  most recent series for 7-12yr olds, The Secret Show, was a double BAFTA winner in 2007, scooping Best Animation and Best Interactive awards.  COP’s other production credits include their multi-award winning debut film Rarg, Emmy nominated Dr. Seuss’ Daisy-Head Mayzie, BAFTA nominated series Dennis & Gnasher from The Beano and Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs; plus The Magic Key, Oscar’s Orchestra, Pond Life, The King’s Beard and Gordon the Garden Gnome.

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