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Starz Presents First Starz Ion Award at Maui Film Festival

Starz Ent. Group Llc. (SEG) presented its first Starz Ion Award to animator Jennifer Shiman at the Maui Film Festival earlier this week during the festival's Cosmic Closing Night Party. Shiman, creator of, was honored for her 30-second animated bunny shorts that spoof famous Hollywood films.

The Starz Ion Award was developed to recognize creativity and innovation and to pay tribute to emerging talent in the field of short form entertainment. Shiman's bunny shorts have been featured on Starz, Starz On Demand and Starz Ticket.

"Starz Ent. Group is pleased to pay tribute to Jennifer Shiman with the first Starz Ion Award," said Jerry Maglio, evp of marketing, SEG. "Jennifer's creative insight has grabbed the attention of our viewers and our industry. Her crazy, infamous shorts, featuring animated bunnies, demonstrate unparallel innovation and talent. She represents the passion behind the Starz Ion Award and we are pleased that she is our first honoree."

In accepting the award, Shiman said, "I feel quite honored to be the recipient of the first Starz Ion Award. To receive such a wonderful award at the Maui Film Festival made the experience extra special!"

Shiman has been drawing cartoons since 1976. She holds an undergraduate degree in international business and a graduate degree in media studies. Angry Alien Prods. was born in 1998. Her bunny shorts have been featured on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Some of the bunny shorts created for SEG spoof THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, PULP FICTION, HIGHLANDER and THE BIG CHILL. Additional bunny re-enactments can be viewed at

This year, SEG became a sponsor of the Audience Awards and the Cosmic Closing Night Party at the Maui Film Festival, which was held June 15-19, 2005. The Maui Film Festival is committed to the value of and the power for social change that filmmakers can ignite. This year's Maui Film Festival selection of films was an eclectic group of narrative and documentary shorts and features.

Starz Ent. Group Llc. (SEG) ( is the largest provider of premium movie services in the U.S. with approximately 174 million pay units. SEG offerings include the Starz Encore Movie Pack with 13 digital movie channels and more than 750 movies per month, Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand, and Starz Ticket, the first and only on-demand premium TV subscription service available on the broadband platform. Starz Ent. Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp.

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