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The Jim Henson Co. to Develop Harriet the Spy, The Kissing Hands TV Series

HarrietTheSpyThe Jim Henson Co. has optioned two classic book properties for development as a TV series in partnership with Rehab Entertainment and 2 Friends Entertainment: Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy and Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand.

Originally published by Harper & Row in 1964, Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy is being developed as a 2D animated series that will follow Harriet as she observes and writes about New York in the ‘60s.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co. to Develop Series Based on IAmElemental Female Action Figures

The Jim Henson CompanyThe Jim Henson Co. will develop a new animated kid’s TV series based on the female action figures by IAmElemental.  The series will target kids ages 6 to 12 and The Jim Henson Co.’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford will serve as executive producers.

IAmElemental female action figures are based on the qualities of the Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher, Hypatia. The figures act as inspiring models for kids, and feature members including, Creativity, Ingenuity, Curiosity, Logic, Exploration, Mastery, and Oblivion. The company originally conducted a Kickstarter campaign, which was fully funded in two days.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co. Appoints Rockpool Licensing as Licensing Agency of Record in the UK

JimHensonCo_DoozersThe Jim Henson Co. appointed Rockpool Licensing to represent the company’s licensing and merchandising activities in the UK.

Rockpool Licensing will manage preschool properties, including Splash and Bubbles, Doozers, and Dot. Additionally, all past episodes of Dot. will stream exclusively on Hulu. Rockpool Licensing will also manage classic properties including, Fraggle Rock and Labyrinth.

The Jim Henson Co. Signs New Distribution Deals for Splash and Bubbles

SplashandBubblesThe Jim Henson Co. signed multiple new distribution deals for its CGI-animated adventure series Splash and Bubbles, which is co-produced with Herschend Studios and currently airing in the U.S. on PBS KIDS.

MBC GROUP secured basic cable and satellite rights to Splash and Bubbles in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as well as worldwide Arabic language rights; Netflix acquired global streaming rights; Fox Latin American Channel LLP secured rights for Nat Geo Kids; and POD Worldwide acquired free TV rights for Thailand. Canadian public broadcasters TVO (Ontario) and Knowledge Network (British Columbia) acquired the broadcast rights to the series earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co. Signs New Global Broadcast Deals for Dot. Animated Series

Dot._TheJimHensonCompanyThe Jim Henson Co. signed several new deals with linear broadcasters worldwide for the original animated series, Dot., based on the children’s picture book by Randi Zuckerberg.

The series was licensed by  TG4 (Ireland), YLE (Finland), Hop (Israel), ABC (Australia), and EBS Korea, in addition to Disney Channel Japan, which debuted the series this month. The new agreements complement recently announced deals with Piwi+ (France) and SVT (Sweden). Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co. Renews Licensing Agreements with Boom! Studios for Classic Brands

DarkCrystal_CreationMythsThe Jim Henson Co. signed a new five-year agreement with graphic novel and comic book publisher BOOM! Studios to develop and publish at least seventeen new titles for its classic brands, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, and The Storyteller.

An earlier agreement between The Jim Henson Co.and BOOM! Studios resulted in the publication of twenty new titles under its Archaia imprint for the four brands. Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co., McFarlane Toys Partner for Figures Inspired by Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal

McFarlaneToys_Henson_JarethThe Jim Henson Co. partnered with McFarlane Toys to create figures based on characters from two of Henson’s features, Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

McFarlane Toys will produce fully-articulated action figures that are replicas of their on-screen personas. The toys will feature a 7-inch figure of Labyrinth’s Jareth the Goblin King, as well as Jen and Kira figures inspired by their The Dark Crystal characters. These figures will also debut in new window box collector packaging and come with Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal branded bases.

Jareth the Goblin King figure will be available at major retailers this November, and Jen and Kira figures are expected to release next spring.

The Jim Henson Co. Selects ChizComm to Expand Online Presence

chizThe Jim Henson Co. selected ChizComm Ltd. as an agency partner to help expand its online presence.
ChizComm will add to the company’s roster of lifestyle, toys, and children’s entertainment clients. ChizComm plans to build on Henson’s digital and social media marketing, and aid in the planning and execution of these initiatives with popular brands such as Dot., Word Party, Splash and Bubbles, and Fraggle Rock.

The Jim Henson Co. Signs New Deals for Splash and Bubbles, Dot.

TheJimHensonCompany_DotThe Jim Henson Co. signed broadcast licensing deals with key international partners for two new preschool series, Splash and Bubbles, which airs in the U.S. on PBS KIDS, Dot., which airs in the U.S. on Sprout.

In Europe, Dot., was acquired by Piwi (France), Dreamia’s Canal Panda (Portugal), and SVT (Sweden), Jim Jam (MENA and Benelux territories), and Israel Education Television (Israel). Read the rest of this entry »

The Jim Henson Co. Names Sarah Maizes as Vice President of Children’s Entertainment

Sarah_MaizesThe Jim Henson Co. named Sarah Maizes as vice president of children’s entertainment. The announcement was made by Halle Stanford, the company’s executive vice president of children’s entertainment, to whom she will report. Maizes is a 20-year veteran in the children’s entertainment and publishing industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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