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Big Bag Creator Bamberger Dies

Nina Bamberger, creator and executive producer of Cartoon Network's Big Bag series in the mid-1990s, died Nov. 20 after a protracted case of ovarian cancer. She was 48.

Big Bag was an attempt at preschool daytime "edutainment" at Cartoon, done in association with Sesame Workshop (Children's Television Workshop at the time).

With a mix of animated and live-action segments, viewers were invited to play along using ordinary household objects collected in a paper bag. The series ran for two years in hour and half-hour editions.

Bamberger later became executive producer of various Sesame Street public-television and home-video specials and, more recently, Emmy Award-nominated series Dragon Tales.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters and her mother.

Contributions in her memory can be forwarded to The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, based in Chicago.