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Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, 'The Father of Modern Video Games,' Receives The
Jim Henson Company's Highest Honor

Four Honorees Cited with annual 'Jim Henson Honors'

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The four recipients of the annual
Jim Henson Honors were announced today by Brian Henson and Lisa Henson,
co-CEOs of The Jim Henson Company.  Established in 2005, the awards program
acknowledges organizations, individuals or products that reflect the core
values and philosophy of the legendary Jim Henson and the company he founded. 
Criteria used in the evaluation process include: a commitment to creativity,
innovative applications of art and technology, and inspiration of others.  


The Jim Henson Celebration Honor - Shigeru Miyamoto, General Manager, Nintendo

The Jim Henson Community Honor - The Center for Puppetry Arts Distance
Learning Center, a Non-Profit Arts Organization

The Jim Henson Creativity Honor - Shepard Fairey, Artist

The Jim Henson Technology Honor - Spore, Video Game

"The recipients of this year's Jim Henson Honors demonstrate true creativity
and commitment to innovation," said Brian Henson.  "They have raised the bar
in their respective fields, from Shigeru Miyamoto's ground-breaking 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."  

"Each of this year's recipients inspired us in different ways," said Lisa
Henson.  "In addition to Shigeru Miyamoto and the Center for Puppetry Arts, we
also honor the visual brilliance and topicality of street artist Shepard
Fairey, who tapped into a generation's profound desire for change, and the
incredibly imaginative and provocative world of Spore.  Varied and vast in
terms of their impact, this year's four honorees are true models of
originality, innovation and ingenuity.  It is a privilege to honor their
outstanding work."


The Jim Henson Celebration Honor: Shigeru Miyamoto, Video Game Designer,

The highest Henson Honor goes to an individual, organization or product that
makes the world a better place by inspiring people to celebrate life.  As the
creator of some of the world's best-known video games such as Donkey Kong,
Super Mario Bros. and the Zelda series (which have collectively sold more than
350 million copies), and the person who ultimately oversees every Nintendo
game, Shigeru Miyamoto has reignited America's love for gaming with the
creation of Nintendo's hugely popular Wii console.  Taking the application of
video games a giant step forward, Miyamoto recently developed the Wii Fit,
dedicated to improving people's physical health and well being.  The game not
only serves to entertain and give players a workout, it is also being used as
a rehabilitation tool - known as "Wii-hab" - by physical and occupational
therapists to help patients with balance, endurance and core strengthening.

The Jim Henson Community Honor: The Center for Puppetry Arts Distance Learning

The Community Honor acknowledges an individual, organization or product
who/which has increased goodwill or made a positive impact in a specific
community or around the world. The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta Georgia
is a unique cultural treasure where children and adults are educated,
enlightened and entertained as they learn about puppetry from all over the
world. Since 1978, the Center has made it their mission to give students from
all backgrounds and all locations the opportunity to learn about the fine
craft of puppetry arts from the experts.  With a variety of projects
accompanied by study guides, teaching aids and live demonstrations presented
via satellite, the CPA Distance Learning Center has introduced the art of
puppetry and creative storytelling to school communities all over the US as
well as the UK and has inspired thousands of children to discover their own
creative voice. 

The Jim Henson Creativity Honor: Shepard Fairey, Artist:

The Creativity Honor acknowledges a new creative voice or unique expression of
an idea.  The Los Angeles-based street artist Shepard Fairey, known for the
international "Obey Giant" guerilla art campaign, is the creator of one of the
most iconic political posters of the 2008 election: a stylized three-tone
image of the then Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama.  The wildly
popular poster displays an image of Obama along with the single word "HOPE"
emblazoned across the bottom.  The image became a meaningful symbol in the
election year and demonstrates the way that art can inspire and unite. 
Segueing between the worlds of graphic design, traditional illustration and
graffiti, Fairey's unique images - and the methods he uses to exploit them --
make him one of the most influential and celebrated artists of today.
The Jim Henson Technology Honor: Spore, Video Game:

The Technology Honor acknowledges an individual, organization or product
who/which demonstrates ground-breaking technology in a creative way.  Spore,
the popular video game created in 2008 by celebrated game designer Will Wright
and EA gives gamers their own personal universe in a box where players build
their own galaxy from scratch.  The game is meticulously conceived and
executed with infinite detail, allowing a gamer to design and create his own
character - a digital alter ego - providing for an unprecedented level of user
creativity as his being evolves from a single-cell organism to a galactic god
over hundreds of millions of years.   

About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family
entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in
puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the
world famous Muppets (the rights to which are now owned by The Walt Disney
Company), Henson is the recipient of over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy
Awards. Credits include the Saturn Award-winning "Farscape" and the features
"MirrorMask," "Five Children and It," "Good Boy!" and the recently released
direct to DVD "Unstable Fables," which features "3 Pigs and a Baby," "Tortoise
vs. Hare" and "The Goldilocks and the Three Bears Show." With additional
locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in
Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and
postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult
children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's
Creature Shop(TM), a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group
with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson
Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known
for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment. The
Company is currently completing production on 40 episodes of Sid the Science
Kid, a science readiness animated series for preschoolers that debuted on PBS
KIDS in September 2008, and recently premiered the preschool live-action
puppet series "Pajanimals" on PBS KIDS Sprout. The Company's Henson
Alternative brand continues to produce "Puppet Up! - Uncensored," a live
puppet improvisational show that has played to sold out crowds around the
world and runs monthly at the Avalon Hollywood. The Company has also announced
the creation of Jim Henson Designs, a merchandise collection inspired by Jim
Henson's earliest sketches, and The Jim Henson Company: Discoveries, an
acquisitions banner that celebrates outstanding third party produced
independent film, television and video productions from around the globe
embodying the Company's enduring legacy.

SOURCE  The Jim Henson Company

Nina Stern,, or Ann Schwarz,, both
of Nina Stern Public Relations, +1-818-990-9242, for The Jim Henson Company
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