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