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Anyone who has seen the short film Take This Lollipop knows what an absolutely unique and downright chilling piece of interactive filmmaking it is. Apparently the Academy recognized it as well as Take This Lollipop has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment.

We at Dread Central can only tip our caps to this wonderful project and say, “Yes, yes, yes!” What a great win for horror and the team behind Take This Lollipop: Jason Zada, Executive Producer, Director; Brian Latt, Executive Producer; Oliver Fuselier, Executive Producer; Dustin Callif, Executive Producer; Jason Nickel, Developer; and, of course, the face of our nightmares, Bill Oberst, Jr., the star of the production.

For those of you who have yet to see this project, we won’t spoil anything for you. Just go to TakeThisLollipop.com and enjoy the award-winning madness!

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Director Jason Zada’s spooky Facebook application Take This Lollipop, starring actor Bill Oberst Jr., won a Daytime Emmy Award this weekend. In a rare win for a horror-themed project, the interactive short film, in which Oberst portrays a stalker accessing viewers’ Facebook profiles for an intense two minutes of cyber-stalking, won the Emmy for Outstanding New Approaches in Daytime Entertainment, beating competitors “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Today Show,” and “The Bold And The Beautiful” for top honors in the category.

In his acceptance speech director Zada thanked Oberst and the more than 100 million viewers worldwide who he said have seen the interactive film. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards Saturday night, June 23rd, in a televised ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

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