The Jim Henson Co. has promoted Kelley Oien Perez from director of childrens television to vp, creative affairs. In her new role, Perez will continue to develop preschool and childrens programming for both television and direct-to-video productions in animated and liveaction formats. She will also work closely with HIT Ent. on pre-school projects for the co-production agreement recently announced by the two companies.
The first of these projects is FRANCES, currently in pre-production and based on the best-selling FRANCES TREASURY series of books.
Kelleys promotion is a true reflection of her immeasurable contributions to The Jim Henson Co., said Lisa Henson, co-chair and co-ceo (with Brian Henson) of The Jim Henson Co., to whom she will report. Her creativity, insight and experience in the world of television is essential as the company continues its mission to create quality childrens entertainment.
Before joining Henson in 2001, Perez spent seven years at Nickelodeon in both development and production, during which she developed and produced the series NOAH KNOWS BEST and associate produced THE SECRET WORLD OF ALEX MACK. She was also the development exec for the pilots THE PROUD FAMILY and ONE HUNDRED DEEDS FOR EDDIE MCDOWD.
Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and production facilities in New York and London, The Jim Henson Co. (www.henson.com
), is recognized worldwide as a leader in puppetry, animatronics and computer graphics. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets (the rights to which are now owned by The Walt Disney Co.), Henson is the recipient of nearly 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Additionally, Jim Henson's Creature Shop has received two Academy Awards for the visual effects and animatronic builds for the 1996 smash BABE, and the invention of the Henson Performance Control System a powerful, custom-built puppeteering mechanism. Recent projects include the Emmy nominated FARSCAPE, the family film GOOD BOY! and the upcoming feature FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, starring Eddie Izzard as the voice of "It.