Jakers! Takes Home Humanitas

It’s been a big award season for an eight-year-old CG-animated pig called Jakers. Last night, the Entara/Mike Young Productions’ series, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, won the 2005 Humanitas prize in the children’s animation category. Written by Kelly Ward and Cliff MacGillivray, the episode "Waking Thor" won for its "sensitive reminder that we can count on others". The show currently airs on PBS nationwide and will be stripped daily in the fall.

Jakers! beat out an episode of Mike Young Productions’ own ToddWorld written by Dennys McCoy and Pamela Hickey, also writers on Jakers!, as well as pre-school show Paz (produced by Discovery, Egmont Imagination, King Rollo Films and Open Mind) both broadcast on the Discovery Kids/TLC. Ward and MacGillivray were awarded $25,000 at the award’s annual luncheon which took place yesterday at the Hilton Universal Hotel, Hollywood.

Indie toon house Mike Young Productions also won two Emmys for Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks this year, bringing the show’s total to four. The company also received the most daytime Emmy nominations within its category, including a nomination for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program and picked up a Gold Plaque Hugo Award, again for series Jakers! in addition to a Silver Hugo for ToddWorld. There are also major toys and merchandising plans in store for Jakers! next year.

The Humanitas prize is an annual screenwriter’s award founded in 1974 to encourage, stimulate and sustain the nation’s screenwriters in their humanizing task, and to give them the recognition they deserve. The Humanitas prize honors stories that affirm the dignity of the human person, probe the meaning of life, and enlighten the use of human freedom. For more info. visit www.humanitas.org