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WB Animation Creates Scholarship Honoring Bill Hanna & Joseph Barbera

Warner Bros. Studios has created a new, annual animation scholarship in honor of the late Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and the great animation legacy of both Hanna-Barbera Studios and Warner Bros. Animation.

The Warner Bros. Hanna-Barbera Animation Scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating high school senior enrolling in a college, university or trade school to study animation. The $10,000 cash scholarship will be disbursed annually in equal amounts over the course of enrollment. Applicants will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including their passion and talent for a career in animation and demonstrated financial need. A minimum GPA of 3.0 upon graduation is required.

"We're proud to honor these pioneers of animation and hope this new program will extend the Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera legacy through the nurturing and education of future generations of animators," said WB Animation president Sander Schwartz.

In addition to the annual disbursement, the scholarship winner will be offered four consecutive, paid summer internships at WB Animation in Burbank while in college.

Applicants must complete the Warner Bros. Hanna-Barbera Animation Scholarship application and return it along with support materials no later than 5:00 pm on April 11, 2007. Short-listed applicants may be asked to complete a short interview. The winner will be notified in early May.

Applications and more information can be obtained by calling 818-977-7469 or via email

Warner Bros. Ent. Inc. is a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of entertainment. Warner Bros., a Time Warner Co., stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry, from feature films to television, home video/DVD, animation, comicbooks, interactive entertainment and games, product and brand licensing, international cinemas and broadcasting.

Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, SINKIN' IN THE BATHTUB. Since then, WBA's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. The studio produces for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films, both domestically and internationally. WBA also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. WBA is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards, 34 Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards.