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Henson Amasses Raft of New Deals

The Jim Henson Company announces new international broadcast, home entertainment and digital licensing agreements across Asia Pacific, Europe and Canada.

The Jim Henson Company has secured a raft of new international broadcast, home entertainment and digital licensing agreements across Asia Pacific, Europe and Canada for its slate of family and fantasy series and feature films.  The announcement was made by Richard Goldsmith, EVP of Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company.

“The Jim Henson Company’s long standing reputation for delivering innovative, engaging and entertaining content for family audiences continues to pique the interest and attention of international broadcasters from Asia to Europe,” said Goldsmith.  “Our new CG-animated series Doozers has fueled interest in the classic Fraggle Rock series which, even as it celebrates its 30th anniversary, continues to delight viewers of all ages, proving once again that The Jim Henson Company’s programming is timeless and has tremendous appeal for audiences around the globe.”

In advance of the Asia Television Forum and Asia Animation Summit in December, The Jim Henson Company has secured a multi-episode broadcast agreement with TVB in Hong Kong, who has acquired the two new children’s preschool series, Doozers and the music-filled series Pajanimals; together with the second season of the award-winning animated series Sid The Science Kid.  Also in Hong Kong, the company has licensed home video and digital broadcast rights for Pajanimals to PCCW.

In Australia, Beyond has secured digital and home video rights for Doozers; while Regency Media/Shock has acquired the digital and home video rights for The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.

Focusing on Europe: in Germany, Filmverlag has picked up digital and home video rights for the pioneering, award-winning sci-fi series Farscape; and in Finland, Nelonen has secured broadcast rights for the classic Fraggle Rock series and the inventive film Labyrinth, starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly.

Rounding out its international broadcasting announcements, The Jim Henson Company has finalized a number of agreements in Canada: educational television service TVO has acquired season three of Dinosaur Train; Canada’s privately owned French language network TVA has acquired broadcast rights to Pajanimals and Labyrinth; and Canada’s public broadcaster Knowledge has secured rights for Pajanimals.

Source: The Jim Henson Company

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