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Chris Nee Wins HUMANITAS Prize

Chris Nee, writer of the I Can Sign" - "The Sign for Friend" episode of LITTLE BILL that airs on Nickelodeon, won the $10,000 HUMANITAS Prize for Children's Animation today, July 8, 2004, during a luncheon ceremony at the Universal Hilton Hotel, in Universal City, California. Nine winning writers, representing a diverse slate of work, won these prestigious prizes and $115,000 were awarded in eight categories for film and television writers whose work "entertains and enriches the viewing public."

In Nees winning episode, Little Bill overcomes his fears of a hearing-impaired store clerk when his sister teaches him a bit of sign language. Cited for, "its sensitive and charming look at the fears that come up when we encounter someone who is different than us."

The vfx filled TV miniseries, ANGELS IN AMERICA, won writer Tony Kushner $25,000 in the 90 Minute category. His script was cited for "its brutally honest examination of society coming to terms with the reality of A.I.D.S."

Since its inception in 1974, the HUMANITAS Prize has presented more than 215 prizes and dispersed more than $2 million in prize money to television and motion picture writers whose work honestly explores the complexities of the human experience and sheds light on the positive values of life. The HUMANITAS Prize holds nine Master Writers Workshops every year, presented by today's leading writers. For more information and for a list of all the winners, please visit the Website at www.humanitasprize.org.

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