Today The Jim Henson Company announced the recipients of the third annual Jim Henson Honors. The Jim Henson Honors, which was started in 2005 and continued in 2006, acknowledges organizations, individuals or products that reflect the core values and philosophy of Jim Henson and the company he founded.
Honorees were chosen by the artists and staff at The Jim Henson Company, who are asked to nominate recipients who inspire them in their everyday work, maintain similar core values as the company, and of course, reflect Jim Henson's commitment to excellence in creativity and innovation.
In a statment earlier today Lisa Henson said, "Each of this year's recipients embodies creativity in an exciting way: uniting a community, exploring expression in a multitude of media, providing an exciting way to experience entertainment, and providing tools for real change in the world around us. This type of thinking is at the core of the company my father founded and we are thrilled to celebrate these like-minded honorees."The 2007 Jim Henson Honorees:
• The Jim Henson Celebration Honor: Richard Branson, British Entrepreneur
• The Jim Henson Community Honor: Etsy, Online Marketplace for All Things Handmade
• The Jim Henson Creativity Honor: Neil Gaiman, Writer
• The Jim Henson Technology Honor: REAL D 3D, 3D Experience Provider