The Jim Henson Company

Kids round-up: Hoho takes ‘Shane The Chef’ to global nets; Mondo TV preps MIPTV slate

Hoho Rights has struck multiple deals around the world for food-based preschool title Shane The Chef. The 52 x 11-minute animated series follows the foody adventures of ambitious and energetic chef Shane and his young daughter Izzy. A year since its launch on Channel 5’s Milkshake!, the title will head to Celtic broadcasters RTE, BBC […]

Netflix restores Henson’s Dark Crystal for TV

Eighties movie Dark Crystal is headed for a TV remake at Netflix. The Jim Henson Company-produced feature film is being rebooted as a ten-part prequel series that goes into production this autumn in the UK. Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will launch to Netflix’s subscribers in 190 territories, telling a story set many years before […]

Dot. travels to Piwi+, Panda, SVT

Several European broadcasters have bought Randi Zuckerberg-created kids series Dot. Canal+-owned Piwi+ in France, Dreamia-owned Canal Panda in Portugal and Swedish pubcaster SVT have all plumped for the 52x11mins toon, which debuted last year on CBC in Canada and Sprout in the US. Jim Jam has taken rights in the MENA and Benelux territories, while […]

Henson hires kids TV veteran Maizes

The Jim Henson Company has hired Sarah Maizes as vice president of children’s entertainment. In the newly-created role at the kids producer and distributor she will focus on the production of preschool and older kids content. She joins Henson having been a producer on Dot., the kids show Randi Zuckerberg created and produced for TV […]

Cyber Group hires Goldsmith for US expansion

France’s Cyber Group Studios is moving into the US and has hired former Jim Henson distribution chief Richard Goldsmith to helm a new LA office. Goldsmith exited The Jim Henson Company in December ahead of a new role, details of which were not forthcoming at the time. He will run the Culver City-based Cyber Group […]

TBI Kids: Year in Review

Undeniably, 2016 was the year digital platforms established themselves as key kids entertainment market gamechangers. “Netflix, without a doubt” was the network that made the biggest impression across the year, says Halle Stanford, executive VP of children’s entertainment at The Jim Henson Company. Many others agree with her – Andrew Cole-Bulgin of Komixx Media Group […]

Goldsmith leaving Henson

The Jim Henson Company’s head of distribution is exiting the business. Richard Goldsmith has been with the kids producer and distributor for six years and will depart next week. As executive VP, global distribution, he was instrumental in many of its biggest deals, including several with Netflix such as the acquisition of animated series Dinosaur Train. […]

Henson debuts remastered Fraggle Rock

The Jim Henson Company is to bring a remastered version of Fraggle Rock to international buyers at MIPCOM. The new HD version is to return to the show’s original home, HBO, in the US, at the end of the year, and will debut at MIPJr. and MIPCOM. Fraggle Rock follows a cast of cave-dwelling, music-loving […]

Netflix, Julie Andrews create Henson puppet show

Legendary actor Julie Andrews has created a preschool puppet show for SVOD service Netflix. Andrews will star in Julie’s Greenroom, which is set to launch globally in 2017 and will guest star the likes of Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett and Sara Bareilles. Sesame Street studio The Jim Henson Company is creating a new series of […]

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