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Eric Shaw, on Pre-Evac Status, Wins Emmy Award for ‘WordGirl’

Eric Shaw, a visiting instructor in the Film Studies department at Colorado College, has won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in Animation.” It was the first time Shaw, the head writer of the critically acclaimed PBS television series “WordGirl,” has been nominated.

Eric Shaw, on Pre-Evac Status, Wins Emmy Award for ‘WordGirl’

Eric Shaw, a visiting instructor in the Film Studies department at Colorado College, has won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in Animation.” It was the first time Shaw, the head writer of the critically acclaimed PBS television series “WordGirl,” has been nominated. His win was reported in The Denver Post.

Shaw, who lives in the pre-evacuation area of the Black Forest fire and was on pre-evacuation status during the award cermeony, taught Beginning Screenwriting during Block 4 last year. “We're delighted to have him as part of the program” at Colorado College, said Dylan Nelson, film artist-in-residence.

He enjoys teaching new writers because “it's what we can offer to other writers: read their work, critique them, and give a great set of notes.  It’s an obligation that, all too often, isn't fulfilled,” he says. Shaw also has written for the mega-hit “SpongeBob SquarePants” and guest lectured at universities around the world, from UCLA to the New York Institute of Technology to the United Kingdom.

“WordGirl” is a children’s animated television series for children ages 6 to 11, designed to teach about the expansive English language and its vocabulary. Produced by Soup2Nuts, the animation unit of Scholastic Entertainment for PBS Kids, the show began as a series of shorts and was spun off into a 30-minute episodic series in September 2007.

“WordGirl” faced competition from the Nickelodeon series “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,”  “Robot and Monster,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.