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Raven Simone, Levar Burton urge ‘thought-provoking’ kids’ shows

Raven’s Home star Raven-Symoné, Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton and creators of Cobra Kai were among the star-studded list of honorees at the event. miscellaneous First of its kind Family Entertainment Awards, presented by Kidoodle.

Raven-Symoné and Burton both received the Visionary Visionary Award for their longstanding contributions to children’s programming, and their acceptance speeches were anchored by emphasizing the continuing need for children’s content that stimulates thoughtful conversation.

“Kids are the smartest people I know,” Raven Simone told the audience last night on The West Hollywood Edition. “The family space and the kids space deserve bold, thought-provoking content. They can handle it.”

Raven-Symoné stars and executive produces “Raven’s Home,” a reboot of the 2003 family sitcom “That’s So Raven” that tackles tough topics like racial profiling and peer pressure in an age-inclusive format.

“I believe in that, as does Raven [children] Burton echoed it during his acceptance speech. “I’ve never been ashamed, I’ve never held back on what I’m doing in this space, because our kids deserve it.”

Like Raven-Symoné, Burton has also continued to work in family entertainment as the founder of LeVar Burton Entertainment and recently signed on to produce the documentary The Right to Read. After a 23-year career working on the PBS Kids show where he made his name, Burton is seeing the fruits of his labor: During this year alone, Burton was announced as the inaugural awardee at the Children’s & Family Emmy Awards, hosted the non-televised portion of the Grammys, led the Rose Parade As a senior marshal and even released a master class.

“Sometimes I don’t ask for permission; I just do whatever I feel like I need to do, and that generally works pretty well,” Burton said. diverse on the carpet, when asked about the secret behind the longevity of his long career in shaping the minds of young children. “But more than anything else, I have dedicated most of my life to this.”

Josh Held, Jon Horowitz, and Hayden Schlossberg—all creators, writers, executive producers, and directors of the Netflix series “Cobra Kai”—received the final honor of the evening, presented by series regular Xolo Maridueña. Acknowledged during their acceptance speech, the trio revealed how they took inspiration from 1984’s “The Karate Kid” in making “Cobra Kai,” adding life lessons throughout the show’s run in order to make the show more accessible to younger generations.

With the martial arts umbrella to tie these [characters’] Journeys together, we’re able to introduce mature themes not usually explored in youth programming, all while keeping everything rooted in popcorn-filled, crowd-pleasing karate-warfare,” Horowitz said. to another.”

Other honorees at the Dec. 8 ceremony include Pete Docter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation, who received a leadership award from composer Michael Giacchino. Julian Shapiro-Barnum, creator of the “Recess Therapy” web series, who received the Champion of Safe Streaming Family Entertainment Award from Brenda Beissner, Chief Content Officer at Kidoodle; and the creators of “SpongeBob Squarepants,” including SpongeBob voice actor Tom Kenny, who received the Award for Excellence from Nickelodeon Animation President Ramsey Naito.