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Halle Stanford

President, Television

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Sidney Clifton

Senior Vice President, Animation and Mixed Media

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Gabe Monje-Paulson

Director, Children's Television

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Delaney Shiokari

Director, Primetime Development

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Halle Stanford
President, Television

An Emmy® winning and ten-time Emmy®-nominated television producer, Halle Stanford serves as President of Television at The Jim Henson Company, leading the development and production of all television, home entertainment, and digital media in animated and live-action formats establishing the Company’s creative culture across all territories.

Stanford most recently executive produced Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time for discovery+, the short form series Fraggle Rock: Rock On! for AppleTV+, and the critically acclaimed Emmy-winning Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. She is currently executive producing the series Harriet the Spy and the reboot of Fraggle Rock, both for AppleTV+. Other recent award-winning children’s programming credits include the Emmy®-nominated Dinosaur Train, Splash and Bubbles, and Sid the Science Kid, which currently air on PBS KIDS® in the U.S. and in multiple markets around the world, the Netflix Originals Word Party and Julie’s Greenroom, starring Julie Andrews; the NBCUniversal Kids/CBC animated series Dot., based on Randi Zuckerberg’s popular book; and the NBCUniversal Kids/Hulu Original preschool show Doozers, inspired by the wildly popular characters from the classic series Fraggle Rock. Other credits include the live-action puppet series Me and My Monsters for the CBBC and Network Ten in Australia, the Lifetime live-action holiday special Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, and the Emmy®-nominated preschool series Pajanimals for Universal Kids.

Stanford is in development on a new slate of television projects including The Kissing Hand, based on the internationally renowned picture book; Slumberkins, based on the popular book and plush toy line; Lena! based on Karen Katz’s books, author Rebecca Green’s How to Make Friends with a Ghost, and The Witchlands, based on the popular New York Times best-selling book series by Susan Dennard.

Stanford co-authored a book series, Jim Henson’s Enchanted Sisters, a collection of fantastical comedy-adventure stories for girls published by Bloomsbury and currently in development as a series.

In addition to her Emmy®-nominations, Stanford received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) and is a recipient of the Cynopsis Top Women in Media award as well as the Cynopsis Kids !magination Award in Content Leadership. Over the last sixteen years she has also garnered over 100 honors around the globe for the Company’s programming, including Emmy Awards, Parent’s Choice Awards, Rockie Award, Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards, NAPPA Honors Award, Kidscreen Awards, Prix Jeunesse, and National Parents Publications Awards.

Stanford joined The Jim Henson Company in 1993 and worked on beloved Muppet projects like Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets Tonight, and Bear in the Big Blue House, as well as the sci-fi cult classic Farscape. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film and Theater from Wesleyan University, is a Cub Scout Leader, a proud mom to two sons (ages 9 and 22!) and is on an endless quest to enrich the lives of children around the globe.

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Sidney Clifton
Senior Vice President,
Animation and Mixed Media

Emmy-nominated producer Sidney Clifton has over twenty years of experience as an executive producer, producer, casting director, voice director, director and creative development executive in animated and live-action content across multiple platforms. In her role at The Jim Henson Company as Senior Vice President, Animation and Mixed Media, she oversees the development and production of the Company’s animated content, including hybrid projects and formats that use the Company’s proprietary Henson Digital Puppetry Studio.

In her career to date, Clifton has worked with artists and creators including comic book legend Stan Lee, Dr. Maya Angelou, Ringo Starr, BB King, comedian Jeff Dunham, Tyler Perry, Leann Rimes, Naomi Judd, and Harry Connick, Jr. Her credits include Celebration Table with Maya Angelou, Tripping the Rift, Stan Lee’s The Condor, Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Rob Zombie’s The Haunted Movie of El Superbeato, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love, BET’s animated series Marvel’s Black Panther, and Me, Eloise. She also serves as Senior Consultant with Black Women Animate.

Ms. Clifton’s passion for developing and supporting the underserved community of writers, artists, storytellers and creators was the catalyst for her launching The Clifton House; an writer’s and artist’s workshop and retreat space centered at her childhood home in Baltimore Maryland—the home she shared with her five siblings and parents, educator/activist Fred J. Clifton and National Book Award-winning poet and author Lucille Clifton.

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Gabe Monje-Paulson
Director,
Children’s Television

As Director of Children’s Television at The Jim Henson Company, Gabe Monje-Paulson oversees and develops the Company’s slate of both animated and live-action children’s television productions.

Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, Monje-Paulson held key television development roles for a variety of children’s brands, including Mattel TV where he developed new series opportunities in Mattel’s content portfolio, overseeing creative and production for shows like Deepa and Anoop and Fireman Sam. At Disney Junior, he acted as creative executive on the Emmy-winning Elena of Avalor, Peabody award-winning Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Mickey Mouse Funhouse, and Disney Junior’s first live-touring stage shows Disney Junior Dance Party and Disney Junior Holiday Party.  At Hasbro Studios, he managed the entirety of Hasbro Studios’ digital shorts program, and worked on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and Transformers: Rescue Bots.

Monje-Paulson is a native of Los Angeles, growing up partly in La Paz, Bolivia. He earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from California State University, Northridge.

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Delaney Shiokari
Director,
Primetime Development

Delaney Shiokari is Director of Primetime Development for The Jim Henson Company, growing the primetime slate of both acquired and internally developed projects, with a focus on older skewing content that leans into Henson’s legacy of mythological world building, innovative storytelling, subversive comedy, and hope punk adventures.

Before joining Henson, Shiokari was Manager of Development at The Jackal Group, contributing creative input for all projects while sourcing and developing new projects and writing talent. Prior to The Jackal Group, she served as a TV Coordinator at The Gersh Agency. She is affiliated with WeForShe, a non-profit working to bridge the gender gap within the entertainment industry.

 

Shiokari graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cinema and Media Studies.

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