Jeffrey Lesser (producer)

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Jeffrey Lesser (born in New York City [1] ) is a music producer for Nickelodeon. He has received ten Emmy Award nominations for his work on Wonder Pets! , winning four of them.

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Lesser was a music director and producer at Little Airplane Productions for thirteen years. [1] He has produced records for Barbra Streisand [2] ( Lazy Afternoon ) and Loudon Wainwright III [2] ( History ), among others.

Little Airplane Productions

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Biography

Jeffrey Lesser was born on the Upper West Side of New York City, where he also began his career. [1] Lesser joined Little Airplane Productions in 2003 to work on later episodes of Oobi [3] and soon became the company's musical director, composing all pieces for Little Airplane series 3rd & Bird , [4] Small Potatoes , [5] P. King Duckling , [6] Wonder Pets! and others. He has also produced music for various theater productions, including The Rocky Horror Show , [7] The Last Five Years , [8] Tick, Tick... Boom! [9] and Parade . [10]

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Awards

Lesser has been nominated for ten Creative Arts Daytime Emmy Awards, all for his work on the Wonder Pets! series.

YearPresenterCategory/AwardWorkStatusRef.
2008 35th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Wonder Pets! Won [11]
2009 36th Daytime Emmy Awards [12]
Outstanding Sound Editing - Live Action and AnimationNominated [13]
2010 37th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Direction and CompositionWon [14]
Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Nominated [15]
2011 38th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Music Direction and CompositionNominated [16]
2012 39th Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series Nominated [17]
Outstanding Music Direction and CompositionWon [18]
2014 41st Daytime Emmy Awards Nominated [19]
Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program [20]

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