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Visiting Instructor Nominated for Emmy Award

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

Visiting Instructor Nominated for Emmy Award

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

Shaw, a resident of Colorado Springs, taught Beginning Screenwriting during Block 4 last year. 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.

The nomination “really means a lot to me because I feel a special connection to the series, the people I worked with, and to where we produced the show: Watertown, Massachusetts,” he said.

“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, ” which also is nominated for “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program,” is up against Nickelodeon series such as “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,”  “Robot and Monster,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be presented on June 16.