The Jim Henson Company

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Jim Henson Company
FormerlyMuppets, Inc. (1958–1976; 1985)
Henson Associates, Inc. (1976–1987)
Jim Henson Productions, Inc. (1987–1997)
Company typePrivate
FoundedNovember 20, 1958; 65 years ago (1958-11-20)
FoundersJim and Jane Henson
HeadquartersJim Henson Company Lot, ,
Key people
Brian Henson (chairman)
Lisa Henson (president & CEO)
ProductsPuppetry, Animation, Computer graphics, Digital puppetry, Entertainment
OwnerHenson family
ParentEM.TV & Merchandising AG
DivisionsJim Henson's Creature Shop
Henson Recording Studios
Henson Alternative

The Jim Henson Company (formerly known as Muppets, Inc., Henson Associates, Inc., and Jim Henson Productions, Inc.; commonly referred to as Henson) is an American entertainment company located in Los Angeles, California. The company is known for its innovations in the field of puppetry, particularly through the creation of Kermit the Frog and the Muppets characters.[1]

Brian Henson is chairman, and Lisa Henson is CEO. Since 2000, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered at the Jim Henson Company Lot, the historic former Charlie Chaplin Studios, in Hollywood.

The company was established in November 1958 by puppeteers Jim and Jane Henson,[2] and is currently independently owned and operated by their children. Henson has produced many successful television series, including The Muppet Show (1976–1981), Fraggle Rock (1983–1987), and Bear in the Big Blue House (1997–2006); as well, the company designed the Muppet characters for Sesame Street (1969–present).

The company has also produced theatrical films, including The Muppet Movie (1979), The Dark Crystal (1982) and Labyrinth (1986). Henson also operates Jim Henson's Creature Shop, an animatronics and visual effects studio which has created characters and effects for both Henson productions and outside projects.[3] In 1989, the company entered merger negotiations with The Walt Disney Company, which were canceled following Jim Henson's death in 1990.

Subsequently, control of the company was assumed by Henson's children: Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, John, and Heather. In 2000, Henson was sold to German media company EM.TV & Merchandising AG; by the end of that year, however, EM.TV's stock collapsed, and the Henson family re-acquired the company in 2003.

In the interim, EM.TV sold the rights to the Sesame Street Muppets to Sesame Workshop in early January 2001,[4] following a December 2000 announcement. Henson sold The Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House properties to Disney in 2004, but retains the remainder of its program library and assets.

As of 2024, Brian, Lisa, Cheryl, and Heather Henson maintain control of the company. Jane Henson died in April 2013, and John Henson died in February 2014.


1958 to 1990[edit]

Jim and Jane Henson officially founded Muppets, Inc. on November 20, 1958, three years after Sam and Friends debuted on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. Aside from Sam and Friends, the majority of its work until 1969 was in advertising; appearances on late-night talk shows; and short "meeting films" primarily for enterprise use, produced from 1965 to 1996. In 1968, the company began designing characters and producing short films for the fledgling Sesame Street, which premiered on NET (succeeded by PBS) in November 1969.

One of the company's first characters to appear regularly on television, Rowlf the Dog, originated in commercials for Purina Dog Chow and became a regular character on The Jimmy Dean Show from 1963 to 1966. During this time, the show's host, Jimmy Dean, refused an opportunity to own 40% of the company, assuming that he did not attain that right. Jim Henson also pitched several different projects to the major American television networks, to little avail. Some ideas became unaired pilots, while others were never produced.

Henson Associates Inc. logo from 1976 to 1987

In 1976, producer Lew Grade approached Henson to produce a weekly series in Grade's native United Kingdom. This series became The Muppet Show, produced by Associated Television (ATV) for the ITV network. The success of The Muppet Show led to the Muppets becoming an enduring media franchise. Another company controlled by Grade, ITC Entertainment, originally owned The Muppet Show, among other Henson productions, but Henson acquired the rights to these productions in the 1980s. During this time, Henson formed Jim Henson's Creature Shop, a special effects studio partially responsible for the films The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth; and television series The StoryTeller, Farscape, and Dinosaurs.

Jim Henson Productions logo from 1988 to 2001.

Later in his life, Henson produced Fraggle Rock and The Jim Henson Hour. In August 1989, Henson and Disney CEO Michael Eisner began merger discussions reportedly valued at $150 million, which also included a fifteen-year contract for Henson's personal "creative services."[5] However, the deal did not include the rights to the Sesame Street characters, which were owned by Henson, although merchandising revenue was split between Henson and the Children's Television Workshop.

Also during the negotiations, management of the company's Henson International Television distribution unit based in the United Kingdom purchased their unit from the company, leading to the establishment of HIT Entertainment.[6] On May 16, 1990, as negotiations continued, Jim Henson died of toxic shock syndrome. Following Henson's death, neither Disney nor Jim Henson Productions could come to an accord. Negotiations officially ended in December 1990, and Henson remained an independent company.[7][8]

1991 to 1999[edit]

The Henson family assumed management of the company, and Brian Henson was named president, chairman, and CEO in January 1991.[9] In the following years, Henson entered into deals with several companies, including television rights to the Henson library with Disney Channel and Nickelodeon; a record label with BMG Kidz; and a home media label with Buena Vista Home Video.[10] In 1995, Henson entered into an agreement with ABC to produce primetime television series, leading to Muppets Tonight and Aliens in the Family.

Following the releases of The Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island by Walt Disney Pictures, Henson formed Jim Henson Pictures with Sony Pictures Entertainment. In 1998, the company signed a deal with Columbia TriStar Home Video to launch Jim Henson Home Entertainment.[11] By 1999, Henson held partial interests in two cable channels: The Kermit Channel (broadcasting in Asia) and Odyssey Network (broadcasting in the United States), both jointly owned with Hallmark Entertainment. After Hallmark (through Crown Media Holdings) assumed full ownership of these networks, the Kermit Channel was discontinued and Odyssey was renamed the Hallmark Channel.

2000 to 2004[edit]

Jim Henson Home Entertainment logo used since 2001.

In 2000, the Henson family sold the company to the German media company EM.TV & Merchandising AG, for $680 million.[12][13] That summer, EM.TV sold Henson's stakes in the Odyssey and Kermit cable channels in exchange for an 8.2% stake in Hallmark-controlled Crown Media Holdings.[14] By the end of 2000, after EM.TV subsequently experienced major financial problems, EM.TV sold the company's ownership of the Sesame Street Muppets and Henson's small interest in the Noggin television network to Sesame Workshop,[15] and by early 2001, Henson itself was marked for sale.[16] Disney,[17] Viacom,[18] HIT Entertainment,[19] AOL Time Warner,[20] Haim Saban,[21] Classic Media,[22] as well as Henson management, among others, were all parties reportedly interested in acquiring the company.

In December 2002, a deal was announced in which EM.TV would sell a 49.9% stake in Henson to an investment group led by Dean Valentine, a former executive at Disney and UPN.[23] However, in March 2003, the deal was canceled, citing financial issues on Valentine's part.[24] In May 2003, EM.TV was reportedly nearing an agreement to sell Henson to a consortium between Classic Media and Sesame Workshop (with financing from Sony Pictures Entertainment),[25] until the Henson family re-acquired the company for a closing price of $84 million.[26]

In February 2004, Henson sold the Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House to Disney,[27] who subsequently formed The Muppets Studio (known at that time as The Muppets Holding Company). The term "Muppet", likewise, became a legal trademark of Disney; Sesame Workshop retained permission to use the term for its Sesame Street characters under a license from Disney until 2023.

2004 to present[edit]

On April 1, 2004, Henson and HIT Entertainment agreed to a five-year global distribution and production deal which included distribution of 440 hours of the company's remaining library including Fraggle Rock,[28] Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas,[29] The Hoobs and Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories. In addition, the agreement also included the production of new properties, including Frances, in which both companies co-produced and also both co-own the copyright to the series.[30] After that deal expired, Henson entered similar agreements with Lionsgate Home Entertainment and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. As well, the company became involved with computer-animated projects, including the direct-to-video Unstable Fables series; Sid the Science Kid; Dinosaur Train; and Splash and Bubbles, as well as the puppet series Pajanimals.

Henson later formed Henson Alternative, which specializes in adult content, including the live shows known alternatively as Puppet Improv, Puppet Up!,[31] and Stuffed and Unstrung. In recent years, the Fraggle Rock characters have made several appearances, usually at special events. The characters appeared with Ben Folds Five in the music video for "Do It Anyway";[32] and in 2013, Gobo and Red Fraggle hosted a Fraggle Rock marathon on the Hub Network.

In 2019, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,[33] a prequel to The Dark Crystal, premiered on Netflix.[34] In 2022, Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, a reboot of Fraggle Rock, premiered on Apple TV+.

On August 9, 2022, the company signed a worldwide distribution agreement with Shout! Factory which would allow Shout! to distribute thirteen series and specials from the Henson catalog on home entertainment and streaming platforms across all territories.[35] A similar worldwide distribution agreement went into effect on January 1, 2024 for streaming, video on demand, broadcast, digital download, packaged media and certain non-theatrical rights for the films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, as well as behind the scenes specials Inside the Labyrinth and The World of the Dark Crystal.[36]


Henson Family[edit]


  • Peter Schube – President and COO of The Jim Henson Company.
  • Lori Don – Executive Vice President and CFO of The Jim Henson Company.
  • Richard Goldsmith – Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, and International Consumer Projects.
  • Joe Henderson – Executive Vice President, Worldwide Administration.
  • Stephanie Schroeder – Executive Vice President, Business Affairs & Legal.
  • Halle Stanford – Executive Vice President of Children's Entertainment.
  • Nicole Goldman – Senior Vice President, Marketing and Publicity.
  • Karen Lee Arbeeny – Vice President, Business Operations, Global Distribution.
  • Faryal Ganjehei – Vice President and Studio Operations at the Henson Recording Studio.
  • Anna Jordan Douglass – Vice President, Digital Development & Interactive Media.
  • Howard Sharp – Vice President of Administration.
  • Peter Brooke – Creative Supervisor at Jim Henson's Creature Shop.
  • Jerry Houle - Vice President of Marketing 1977-1984

Other staff members[edit]



Production company Title Release date Production partners Distributor
Muppets Inc. Time Piece 1965 Pathé Contemporary Films
The Cube February 23, 1969 NBC
Henson Associates The Muppet Movie June 22, 1979 ITC Entertainment Associated Film Distribution[c]
The Great Muppet Caper June 22, 1981 Universal Pictures[c]
The Dark Crystal December 17, 1982 Universal Pictures[d]
The Muppets Take Manhattan July 13, 1984 TriStar Pictures[e]
Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird August 2, 1985 Children's Television Workshop[f] Warner Bros.
Labyrinth June 27, 1986 Lucasfilm TriStar Pictures
Jim Henson Productions The Witches August 24, 1990 Lorimar Film Entertainment Warner Bros.
Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D May 16, 1991 Walt Disney Imagineering Disney-MGM Studios
Walt Disney Attractions
The Muppet Christmas Carol December 11, 1992 Walt Disney Pictures Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Gulliver's Travels February 4, 1996 Hallmark Entertainment NBC
Muppet Treasure Island February 16, 1996 Walt Disney Pictures Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Jim Henson Pictures Buddy June 6, 1997 Sony Pictures Releasing
Muppets from Space July 14, 1999 Columbia Pictures[e]
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland October 1, 1999
Rat October 6, 2000 (UK)
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story December 2, 2001 Hallmark Entertainment CBS
It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie November 29, 2002 Universal Pictures[e]
Good Boy! October 10, 2003
Five Children and It October 15, 2004
Capitol Films
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars October 17, 2004 Hallmark Entertainment Syfy
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz May 20, 2005 ABC
MirrorMask September 30, 2005 Destination Films
The Jim Henson Company Unstable Fables: 3 Pigs and a Baby March 4, 2008
Genius Products
Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare September 9, 2008
Unstable Fables: The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show December 16, 2008
Sid the Science Kid: The Movie March 25, 2013
  • Nine Eye Stone Productions
NCircle Entertainment
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day October 10, 2014 Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Lily the Unicorn June 26, 2015 Amazon Prime Video
Turkey Hollow November 21, 2015 Lifetime
The Star November 17, 2017 Sony Pictures Releasing
Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island April 10, 2021 PBS
Universal Pictures
Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio[42] December 9, 2022
The Portable Door April 7, 2023 Story Bridge Films
Jim Henson Idea Man May 31, 2024 Walt Disney Pictures Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Road Trip TBA Disney+
Untitled Labyrinth spin-off sequel[43] Sony Pictures Releasing
The Buried Giant Netflix


Jim Henson Television
Company typeDivision of The Jim Henson Company
IndustryTelevision production
Founded1955; 69 years ago (1955)
FounderJim Henson
DefunctApril 28, 2006; 18 years ago (2006-04-28)
FateDisbanded and folded into The Jim Henson Company
United States
Area served
ProductsTelevision series

From 1969 to 2000, Henson was contracted to design and create Muppet characters for Sesame Street. With the exception of occasional appearances in the Muppets franchise, the characters were used exclusively for Sesame Street, but Henson legally owned these characters prior to their acquisition by Sesame Workshop. The only exception was Kermit the Frog, who was featured in other projects prior to Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop retains the rights to use any Sesame Street footage featuring the character.

The sale ended any direct affiliation between The Muppets and Sesame Street, although the series retains use of the term "Muppet" under license from Disney. Many of the puppeteers continue to perform with both The Muppets and Sesame Street franchises. While no longer owning the Sesame Street characters, Henson continues to design them.[44] This list excludes pre-2001 Sesame Street co-productions outside the United States.

TV series[edit]

Production company Title Creator(s) / Developer(s) Release date Production partners Network
Henson Associates, Inc. The Muppet Show Jim Henson 1976–1981 Associated Television
ITC Entertainment
Syndication (US)
Fraggle Rock 1983–1987 CBC (Canada)
Television South
CBC (Canada)
Muppet Babies Jim Henson
(d): Jeffrey Scott
1984–1991 Marvel Productions CBS
Little Muppet Monsters Jim Henson 1985
Fraggle Rock: The Animated Series Jim Henson
(d): John Semper & Cynthia Friedlob
1987 NBC
Jim Henson Productions, Inc. The StoryTeller Jim Henson
(d): Anthony Minghella
1988–1990 TVS NBC (US)
Channel 4 (UK)
HBO (US) (Greek Myths)
The Jim Henson Hour[e] Jim Henson 1989 NBC
The Ghost of Faffner Hall Tyne Tees Television ITV (UK)
Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories 1990 Television South West ITV (UK)
The Disney Channel (US)
Dinosaurs Michael Jacobs
Bob Young
(d): Jim Henson
1991–1994 Michael Jacobs Productions
Walt Disney Television
Dog City Jim Henson
(d): Peter Sauder
J.D. Smith
1992–1995 Nelvana Limited Fox Kids (US)
YTV (Canada)
CityKids Jeffrey Solomon 1993–1994 The CityKids Foundation ABC
Secret Life of Toys 1993 The Disney Channel (US)
Jim Henson's Animal Show 1994–1998 Fox Kids (seasons 1–2)
Animal Planet (season 3)
Muppets Tonight 1996–1998 ABC
Disney Channel
Aliens in the Family Andy Borowitz
Susan Borowitz
1996 The Stuffed Dog Company ABC
The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss (characters) 1996–1998 Nickelodeon
Jim Henson Television Bear in the Big Blue House[h] Mitchell Kriegman 1997–2006 Shadow Projects Playhouse Disney
Brats of the Lost Nebula Dan Clark 1998–99 Decode Entertainment
Wandering Monkey Entertainment
The WB (US)
YTV (Canada)
Mopatop's Shop (d): Jocelyn Stevenson 1999–2003 Carlton Television ITV (CITV)
Construction Site
Farscape Rockne S. O'Bannon Hallmark Entertainment Nine Network (Australia)
Sci-Fi Channel (US)
The Fearing Mind Billy Brown 2000–01 Angel/Brown Productions Fox Family
The Hoobs Jocelyn Stevenson
Brian Henson
2001–2003 Decode Entertainment Channel 4 (UK)
TVOKids (Canada)
Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola 2001 Hallmark Channel
Bambaloo 2002–03 Yoram Gross-EM.TV Seven Network
The Jim Henson Company Animal Jam[i] John Derevlany 2003 TLC
Discovery Kids
Frances [j] Russell Hoban
(d): Alex Rockwell
Halle Stanford
2008 HIT Entertainment
Sid the Science Kid 2008–13 KCET (2008–09)
KOCE-TV (2010–12)
PBS Kids
Jim Henson's Pajanimals Jeff Muncy and Alex Rockwell Sixteen South
John Doze Studios
PBS Kids Sprout
Dinosaur Train[46] Craig Bartlett 2009–20 Info-communications Media Development Authority
Sparky Animation
Snee-Oosh, Inc. (uncredited)
Tail Waggin' Productions
PBS Kids
Jim Henson's The Possibility Shop Courtney Watkins 2009–2011
Hot Dog TV 2010 Cartoon Network
Me and My Monsters Mark Grant
Claudia Lloyd
(d): Rebecca De Souza
2010-2011 Tiger Aspect Productions
Sticky Pictures
Network Ten (Australia)
Wilson & Ditch: Digging America Joe Purdy
Craig Bartlett
2010-2012 PBS Kids
That Puppet Game Show Jamie Ormerod 2013–14 BBC Entertainment BBC One
Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge 2014 Syfy
The Doozers 2014–2018 DHX Studios Halifax Hulu (US)
Kids' CBC (Canada)
Hi Opie! Barbara Slade 2014–2016 marblemedia TVO Kids
Dot. Randi Zuckerberg 2016–2018 Industrial Brothers CBC Kids (Canada)
Universal Kids (US)
Splash and Bubbles John Tartaglia 2016–2018 Herschend Studios PBS Kids
Word Party Alex Rockwell 2016–2021 Netflix
Julie's Greenroom Julie Andrews
Emma Walton Hamilton
Judy Rothman
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance[47][48] Jim Henson (characters)
(d): Jeffrey Addiss
Will Matthews
Fraggle Rock: Rock On! 2020 Apple TV+
Earth to Ned[49][50] 2020–2021 Marwar Junction Productions Disney+
Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time Duff Goldman 2021 Discovery+
Harriet the Spy[51] 2021–present Apple Studios
Postworks New York
Wellsville Pictures
Titmouse, Inc.
Apple TV+
Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock[52] Jim Henson (original series)
(d): Matt Fusfeld
Alex Cuthbertson
2022–present New Regency
Fusfeld & Cuthbertson Regional Entertainment
Slumberkins[53] Alex Rockwell 2022 Factory
The Storyteller[54] Jim Henson (original series) TBA Fremantle
Lore Olympus[55] Rachel Smythe TBA Webtoon
As a contributor[edit]

TV specials[edit]


Web content[edit]

Henson Alternative[edit]

The following list contains projects of The Jim Henson Company under its Henson Alternative banner.


Title Release date Production partners Distributor
The Happytime Murders[60] August 24, 2018 STX Entertainment

Television series[edit]

The first eight series are produced under its Henson Alternative banner exclusively in North America before premiering worldwide in 2015.

Stage shows[edit]

Other productions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ In February 2004, the company sold the rights to The Muppets to The Walt Disney Company, now controlling the Muppets through its subsidiary The Muppets Studio.
  2. ^ In 2001, the company sold the rights to the Sesame Street Muppets to Sesame Workshop.
  3. ^ a b The film's home media, TV, and digital distribution rights were purchased by The Jim Henson Company from ITC Entertainment in August 1984.[37] The film rights were then acquired by Walt Disney Studios upon their parent company's acquisition of the Muppets franchise in 2004.[38] Currently, Universal Pictures handles theatrical distribution[39]—due to prior contractual obligations with the former Associated Film Distribution and ITC—but the film's ownership and copyright are controlled by Disney, with home media reissues of the film branded as a Walt Disney Pictures release.
  4. ^ The film's home media, TV, and digital distribution rights were purchased by The Jim Henson Company from ITC Entertainment in August 1984.[37] Currently, Universal Pictures handles theatrical distribution[40]—due to prior contractual obligations with the former Associated Film Distribution and ITC.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l The film's home media, TV, and digital distribution rights were not purchased by The Jim Henson Company from Walt Disney Studios upon their parent company's acquisition of the Muppets franchise in February 2004.
  6. ^ a b The Sesame Street Muppets only.
  7. ^ After the Muppets' acquisition to Disney in 2005.
  8. ^ The Walt Disney Company acquired Bear in the Big Blue House from The Jim Henson Company in 2004.[45] The transaction included all of the series' characters, television library, copyrights and trademarks.
  9. ^ The Walt Disney Company is filmed on location at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to help Animal Jam from The Jim Henson Company in 2002. The transaction included all of the series' characters, television library, copyrights and trademarks by Jim's company itself.
  10. ^ Co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and HIT Entertainment. Both companies co-own the copyright.


  1. ^ Gritten, David (August 19, 1990). "The Next Muppetmeister?". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  2. ^ Jones, Jim Henson: The Biography (2013). p. 75.
  3. ^ Eller, Claudia; Philips, Chuck (May 12, 1995). "Sony Nears Deal With Jim Henson Productions". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Sesame Street". Archived from the original on May 15, 2014. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Swansburg, John (December 6, 2013). "Muppet Man". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  6. ^ "HIT Entertainment PLC History". Company Profiles. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Zonana, Victor F. (April 18, 1991). "Henson Heirs Allege Disney Is Illegally Using Muppets". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  8. ^ Citron, Alan (December 14, 1990). "Miss Piggy and Friends Won't Get Together With Mickey and Minnie". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  9. ^ Willman, David (July 26, 1992). "Jim Henson's Children Put Together a String of Big Deals to Keep Alive". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  10. ^ Stevenson, Richard W. (December 19, 1991). COMPANY NEWS; In Thaw, Henson and Disney Strike Deal on Home Videos. New York Times.
  11. ^ Sandler, Adam (May 18, 1998). "Col TriStar, Henson ink vid pact". Variety. Retrieved November 8, 2021.
  12. ^ "Muppet Central News - Germany's EM.TV buys Henson for $680 million". February 21, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Hofmeister, Sallie (February 22, 2000). "German Firm to Buy Henson for $680 Million". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  14. ^ "Muppet Central News - EM.TV swaps Odyssey for Crown Media". July 26, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  15. ^ "Muppet Central News - Sesame Workshop gains character control from EM.TV". December 4, 2000. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  16. ^ "Muppet Central News - EM.TV officially says Henson will be sold". March 13, 2001. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  17. ^ "Muppet Central News - Eisner watches for Muppets chance". January 30, 2001. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  18. ^ "Muppet Central News - Viacom is next in line for Henson". January 31, 2001. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Muppet Central News - Is Bob the Builder eyeing Miss Piggy?". February 1, 2001. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  20. ^ "Muppet Central News - AOL Time Warner may buy Henson for $400 million". March 12, 2001. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  21. ^ "Muppet Central News - Billionaire Saban wants to buy the Muppets". October 8, 2002. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  22. ^ "Muppet Central News - Four suitors are in pursuit of Henson". December 6, 2002. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  23. ^ "Muppet Central News - EM.TV to sell 49.9% of Henson to Dean Valentine". December 24, 2002. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  24. ^ "Muppet Central News - EM.TV calls off sale of Muppets to Dean Valentine". March 7, 2003. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  25. ^ "Muppet Central News - Hensons began pursuit of company two weeks ago". May 8, 2003. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  26. ^ Verrier, Richard (May 8, 2003). "Muppets Returning to Hensons' Hands". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  27. ^ Barnes, Brooks (September 18, 2008). "Fuzzy Renaissance". The New York Times. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  28. ^ "Fraggle Rock to be revived by Apple TV+ after 33 years". BBC News. May 27, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  29. ^ Kiefer, Halle (October 21, 2019). "Human Jug-Playing Otter Bret McKenzie to Adapt Jim Henson's Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas". Vulture. Vulture. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  30. ^ "The Jim Henson Company and HIT Entertainment Establish Worldwide Distribution And Production Venture" (PDF). The Jim Henson Company and HIT Entertainment. April 1, 2004.
  31. ^ Logan, Brian (August 16, 2013). "Puppet Up! Uncensored – Edinburgh festival 2013 review". The Guardian. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  32. ^ Zakarin, Jordan (September 18, 2012). "Ben Folds Five and Fraggle Rock Team for 'Do It Anyway' Extravaganza (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  33. ^ Montgomery, Hugh. "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance review: Four stars". BBC. BBC. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  34. ^ Collis, Clark (September 21, 2019). "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance premiering on Netflix in August: See the exclusive images". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  35. ^ "Shout! Factory Inks Worldwide Distribution Deal with the Jim Henson Company; 'Farscape' and 'The Storyteller' Among Titles Set for Release". August 9, 2022.
  36. ^ Grobar, Matt (January 4, 2024). "Shout! Studios Lands Exclusive Rights To 'Labyrinth,' 'The Dark Crystal' & Other Jim Henson Company Titles". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 5, 2024.
  37. ^ a b Jay Jones, Brian (2013). "Chapter 12: Twists and Turns". Jim Henson: The Biography. Ballantine Books (Random House). pp. 374–375. ISBN 978-0345526113.
  38. ^ Thompson, Simon (July 25, 2019). "Remembering 'The Muppet Movie' At 40 With Gonzo". Forbes. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  39. ^ "Make the Rainbow Connection Again as 'The Muppet Movie' Returns to the Big Screen in Honor of its 40th Anniversary on July 25 and 30". prnewswire. Fathom Events. June 3, 2019. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  40. ^ "The Dark Crystal Returns to Movie Theaters". Fathom Events.
  41. ^ "Film releases". Variety Insight. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
  42. ^ Lang, Brent (October 22, 2018). "Guillermo del Toro Directing 'Pinocchio' for Netflix". Variety. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  43. ^ Fleming, Mike (May 26, 2020). "Scott Derrickson Set To Direct 'Labyrinth' Sequel For TriStar Pictures; Maggie Levin To Write Script". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  44. ^ James, Meg (February 18, 2004). "Kermit Is Now Part of Magic Kingdom". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  45. ^ "The Walt Disney Company And The Jim Henson Company Sign Agreement For Disney To Buy The Muppets And Bear In The Big Blue House". The Walt Disney Company and The Jim Henson Company. February 17, 2004.
  46. ^ Burlingame, Russ. "Craig Bartlett on the Dinosaur Train Movie". CB ComicBook. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  47. ^ Petski, Denise (May 18, 2017). "'The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance': Jim Henson Prequel Series Set At Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  48. ^ Hibberd, James (December 17, 2018). "Netflix's The Dark Crystal prequel reveals first photos, huge voice cast". Entertainment Weekly.
  49. ^ Petski, Denise (October 25, 2019). "Disney+ Teams With Jim Henson Co. On New Puppet Talk Show". Deadline. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
  50. ^ "Jim Henson Co. Sets New Puppet Talk Show at Disney+ (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. October 25, 2019. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  51. ^ Alexandra Del Rosario (August 12, 2020). "'Harriet The Spy' Kids Animated Series Starring Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch & Lacey Chabert Ordered By Apple". Deadline.
  52. ^ Heldman, Breanne L. "Dance Your Cares Away! Apple TV+'s Fraggle Rock Reboot Teaser Recreates the Original Intro". People.
  53. ^ Haring, Bruce (August 29, 2022). "Apple TV+ Sets Kids & Family Fall Slate Spotlighting Animated Series, Live Action Lineup". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 30, 2022.
  54. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 19, 2019). "'The Storyteller' Reimagining In Works by Neil Gaiman, Jim Henson Co. & Fremantle". Deadline. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  55. ^ "'Lore Olympus': Webtoon And The Jim Henson Company Will Partner For YA Animated Series'". Deadline. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  56. ^ "Videos". Muppet Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  57. ^ Zad, Martie. "Muppet Group Offers Eight New Songs." The Washington Post. (November 25, 2013).
  58. ^ Maes, Nancy. (March 7, 1996) Tish Hinojosa's Music Bridges Two Cultures. Chicago Tribune. Accessed on November 26, 2013.
  59. ^ Martie Zad. (July 2, 1995) "Muppets, Kids Join in Series For Preschoolers." The Washington Post. 1995.
  60. ^ Knapp, JD (July 1, 2017). "STX Sets Dates for 'Molly's Game' and 'Happytime Murders'". Variety. Retrieved July 10, 2017.

External links[edit]