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Mary Lucille DeBerry and Brad Stalnaker of WNPB-TV in Morgantown have won a national award for their animation The Griffin and the Minor Canon, which also won the prize for Best Animation at the West Virginia International Film Festival in 2002. The animation has also earned the co-producers a $3,500 Artist Fellowship (the only one awarded in the Media Arts category) from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, which they received on February 21 at the Cultural Center in Charleston.
On January 9, The Griffin and the Minor Canon picked up the Best of Show award at the Public Broadcasting Service conference in San Antonio, TX. The prize honors the single best local PBS show produced last year, and the field of competition included documentaries as well as animations. In addition to the prestige of winning, the award also means that many public television stations around the U.S. will be airing the animation.
The other major award, the Judges’ Award, went to Innovation - In Our City: New Yorkers Remember September 11, produced by 13/WNET of New York City.
The PBS conference is sponsored by NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association.) The group includes 80 percent of all PBS stations and has been in existence since 1967.
Commenting on the award, Stalnaker said, “NETA has been very good to WNPB over the years. Jake Young, John Nakashima, Mark Samels, Tom Nicholson and Chip Hitchcock [all from the same Morgantown public television station] have all won this award.”
For more information about the award and photos of Stalnaker accepting it, check out the NETA website at www.netaonline.org. And, if you missed The Griffin and the Minor Canon on television, you’ll be glad to know that West Virginia Public Broadcasting sent a copy to every public library in the state.