The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded its annual Fred Rogers Award to Jim Henson (posthumously) and the Jim Henson Company. The award has been given each year since 2001 to an individual or corporation that has contributed to excellence in children’s educational media. The CPB cited Jim Henson’s work creating the Muppet characters on Sesame Street as a major factor in bestowing him with the award.
“Similar to Fred Rogers, Jim Henson had the unique ability to both entertain and educate children,” said Pat Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “We congratulate the Henson family for honoring Jim’s legacy by creating new and exciting children’s content which will live on for generations.”
The Jim Henson company is still actively involved in children’s educational media, most notably in the production of Sid the Science Kid and is still run by two of Henson’s children.
“My father truly believed that television can be used for good and can have a positive impact on the lives of children. At The Jim Henson Company, we honor his legacy by embracing this belief and striving to serve our audience with intelligent, entertaining programs like Sid the Science Kid, that can inspire children to develop an enduring love of learning.”