Thursday, January 15, 2009

The 2008 Jim Henson Honors

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 and 2007, acknowledges organizations, individuals or products that reflect the core values and philosophy of Jim Henson and the company he founded. Previous recepiants of the honor include author JK Rowling, former Vice President Al Gore, and British entrepreneur Richard Branson.

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, Brain Henson, co-CEO of the Jim Henson Company, said: "The recipients of this year's Jim Henson Honors demonstrate true creativity and commitment to innovation. They have raised the bar in their respective fields, from Shigeru Miyamoto’s groundbreaking work fusing entertainment and technology at Nintendo, to the Center for Puppetry Arts' dedication to enriching lives through arts education, this year’s honorees, who so strongly reflect the traditions of The Jim Henson Company."

The 2008 Jim Henson Honorees:
• The Jim Henson Celebration Honor – Shigeru Miyamoto
• The Jim Henson Community Honor – The Center for Puppetry Arts Distance Learning Center
• The Jim Henson Creativity Honor – Shepard Fairey
• The Jim Henson Technology Honor – Spore


ig0rpwnwEd said...

Nice choices.

frogboy4 said...

That's an interesting list. They always have a good mix of recipients.

I understand Spore, but was there no mention of Little Big Planet? Did Henson Co not get to see that yet? If Jim were alive today I have no doubt he would have been the creative force behind the innovative PS3 game. I believe that particular game will shape the future of the game industry more than the also fantastic Spore.

Still, it good to see Henson is keeping up with this new tradition!