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Jim Henson Co. Brings Latest Preschool Property To International Market

The Jim Henson Company has appointed children's television industry veteran Sam Ewing to handle the international sales of its newest property SID THE SCIENCE KID.

In his new position, Ewing will be responsible for overseeing the international sales effort of the acclaimed 3D animated pre-school series, SID THE SCIENCE KID, debuting in the U.S. on September 1, as part of the popular PBS KIDS preschool destination, the hosted two-hour morning block and online destination at

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TOKYOPOP & Jim Henson Co. To Release Dark Crystal Graphic Novel

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 12:00am

TOKYOPOP and The Jim Henson Co. have announced LEGENDS OF THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE GARTHIM WARS, the all-new manga prequel to THE DARK CRYSTAL. The graphic novel was written by Barbara Randall Kesel, with illustrations by Heidi Arnhold & Max Kim and a special cover painted by Jae-Hwan Kim (WARCRAFT, WAR ANGELS, KING OF HELL).

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Henson Co. and KCET to Team on Big Idea

The Jim Henson Company will partner with Los Angeles PBS station KCET to produce WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?, a new animated TV series to debut on PBS KIDS in 2008. The educational preschool series, which will promote science readiness by encouraging kids' instinctive curiosity about the world around them, is the latest in a long line of Henson-KCET co-productions, which include FRAGGLE ROCK, BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE and MUPPET BABIES.

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Michael Polis Named First Chief Marketing Officer of W!LDBRAIN

San Francisco-based animation and production studio W!LDBRAIN announced that Michael Polis will be the new chief marketing officer for the company, the first in the studio's history. Polis will focus on building up brands for the company, such as the YO GABBA GABBA series for Nick Jr., while also focusing on management of the overall W!LDBRAIN corporate identity.

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Henson Certain About Doubful Guest Creature Design

Jim Hensons Creature Shop is creating the mischievous creature in the live-action feature, THE DOUBTFUL GUEST, with a combination of animatronics and CGI and faithful to illustrator-writer Edward Goreys look and whimsical tone, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Walden Media, Fox 2000 and the Jim Henson Co. are partnering on the adaptation of THE DOUBTFUL GUEST about a quirky family whose lives are turned upside down by the uninvited guest.

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Jim Henson Co. to Develop Trio of Book-Based Films

The Jim Henson Co. has announced the most recent additions to its feature film development slate and live-action projects based on beloved fantasy titles. The company has acquired the rights to THE BOGGART by novelist Susan Cooper (THE DARK IS RISING), THE DOUBTFUL GUEST, the whimsical classic story by Edward Gorey, and the popular fantasy adventure trilogy MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO by D.M. Cornish. Jim Henson's Creature Shop, the company's visual and special effects division, will bring the myriad fantasy characters and creatures of each film to life using a blend of CG and animatronics.

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Jim Henson Co. to Take Fraggles on Big-Screen Adventure

The cat was already out of the bag so to speak at Comic Con last summer, but now The Jim Henson Co. (TJHC) officially confirms it is in development on a full-length feature about the Fraggles, stars of the 1980s television show, FRAGGLE ROCK.

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Jim Henson Co. Gives Special Look into Power of the Dark Crystal

The Jim Henson Co. is will conducting a panel at Comic-Con, giving fans a special preview look at its work on THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL and other upcoming projects. Lisa Henson and Michael Polis (MIRRORMASK) will discuss current and upcoming projects, which include the new puppet TV shows fro grown-ups as well as new DVD releases, manga and new products from Jim Henson Designs.

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Weinstein Co. Launches CG Unstable Fables Video Line

The Weinstein Co. (TWC) is getting more animated with a new brand of direct-to-video CG feature length films, UNSTABLE FABLES, being produced by The Jim Henson Co. (JHC), Flame Ventures and Prana Studios, with screenplays be overseen by Roger S.H. Schulman (SHREK, MULAN II). The new Unstable Fables brand offers irreverent versions of well-known classic tales and incorporate modern twists on the stories. The first titles being produced are based on GOLDILOCKS, THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and BILLY GOATS GRUFF.

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John Henson To Host 33rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Actor, writer, comedian John Henson (WATCH THIS) will host the 33rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 22, 2006, at Hollywood and Highland's Grand Ballroom. The non-televised award show honors excellence and achievement in animation and many program categories as well as all technical areas of daytime television. Red Carpet arrivals begin at 4:00 pm and the awards presentation is from 5:00-6:30 pm.

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Jim Henson Co. Toons Up With Varjak Paw

The Jim Henson Co. has optioned feature film rights to SF Saids fantasy novels VARJAK PAW and its sequel THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW, reports VARIETY. The company plans to develop the property as an animated film.

The books illustrator Dave McKean, who directed the Henson film MIRRORMASK, is set to direct. McKean will team with Said to adapt the screenplay.

The original book follows a Mesopotamian blue kitten as he learns he is part of a mystical tradition of magical martial arts and sets out to save his family.

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Recipients for the First Jim Henson Honors Announced

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 12:00am

The Jim Henson Co. has selected the honorees of the newly established Jim Henson Honors, an annual program that acknowledges organizations, individuals or products that reflect the core values and philosophy of Jim Henson and the company he founded in 1955.

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Henson Hires Jason Lust

Jason Lust has joined the Jim Henson Co. as svp, Feature Films. In his new role, Lust will oversee and expand the companys strong film development slate by continuing to pursue strategic creative partners as well as tap into the companys dedicated development fund for optioning existing properties, such as childrens books, comics and video games.

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Jim Henson Co. Draws Up Tattooed Map

The Jim Henson Co. has hired Yuri Zeltser and Cary Bickley to adapt Barbara Hodgson suspense novel THE TATTOOED MAP, VARIETY reports.

Henson Co. principal Lisa Henson previously produced the Fox/Regency film HIGH CRIMES, which Zeltser and Bickley wrote. Janet Yang, who also produced HIGH CRIMES, will produce the film along with Henson. The company purchased the rights to the book and has hired the screenwriters with its own funds.

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Henson’s Creature Shop Closes in London

As a result of the dollars unfavorable exchange rate and a lack of concrete tax incentives in the U.K. production market, The Jim Henson Co. will no longer have a full time staff at its London location of Jim Hensons Creature Shop, the companys visual effects and animatronics division. However, the companys own television and film projects are not affected and the Creature Shop will continue to service third party clients out of its Los Angeles and New York locations, as well as hiring freelance crews in London on a project-by-project basis.

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Dark Crystal Sequel Gains Power

The Jim Henson Co. is in the planning stages for a sequel to its 1982 fantasy cult classic, DARK CRYSTAL, reports VARIETY. David Odell (THE MUPPET SHOW) is writing THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL along with Annette Duffy. No director has been announced as of yet. Odyssey Ent. will worldwide sales for the film.

The film will combine live action, animatronic characters and CG animation and is set to start filming this fall. The film will be available in the early part of 2007.

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Witch’s Children Bubbles with Henson & WB

Jim Henson Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures have teamed to turn the 2001 children's book THE WITCH'S CHILDREN, written by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Russell Ayto, into a feature film, reports VARIETY. The picture book tells the tale of several witches-in-training whose magic goes awry. Scribe Aline Brosh McKenna (LAWS OF ATTRACTION) will weave the simple story into a tale of a single-mother witch who leaves her magical, but morally questionable, world to raise her kids in the suburbs.

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Jim Henson Co. Re-Structures Television Department

In order to increase its network and cable programming portfolio, The Jim Henson Co. has hired Eric Poticha as vp of Television and Halle Stanford as head of children's television. Poticha will develop new comedy and drama series, miniseries and features for television as well as develop future Muppet projects to be produced by Henson for The Walt Disney Co. Stanford will lead development and production of all preschool and children's programming for both television and direct-to-video projects in animated and live-action formats.

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Kelley Oien Perez Moves Up in Jim Henson Co. Creative Affairs

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.

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MGM & Jim Henson Co. Sign Two-Year Pact

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) and The Jim Henson Co. have signed a two-year first-look deal to produce live-action feature films. The Henson-MGM deal came together after a successful relationship working together on the hit family comedy GOOD BOY!, a live-action film produced by Jim Henson Pictures, which one of the most profitable releases for MGM in 2003.

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Muppets Moving to Mouse House

Kermit and his Muppets pals have decided to move into the uproarious mouse house, having been acquired by The Walt Disney Co. in a deal announced Feb. 17, 2004, on the heels of Disney rejecting Comcasts hostile bid to buy the entertainment conglomerate. Disney has been trying for some time to acquire from Jim Henson Co.

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Cult Fave Farscape Gets Four-Hour Miniseries

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 12:00am

Jim Henson Co. will begin production Dec. 15 in Australia on a four-hour miniseries based on the cult favorite TV series FARSCAPE, reported SCI FI WIRE. Citing sources close to the production, the story will pick up and resolve issues left open at the end of the cancelled series. Stars Ben Browder and Claudia Black among others will be reprising their roles. The miniseries has no television distribution deal to date. Both Jim Henson Co. and the Sci Fi Channel had no comment on the rumor.