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Meet the Team

Television

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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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Kait Boss

Director, Children's Television

Features

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Blanca Lista

Senior Vice President, Feature Film Production

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Halle Stanford
President, Television

An Emmy® winning and ten-time Emmy®-nominated television producer, Halle Stanford leads the Company’s 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 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 newly announced Harriet the Spy and Fraggle Rock series, both for AppleTV+. Other recent children’s programming executive producer credits include the Netflix Original Word Party; the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS®; 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. Stanford’s award-winning credits also include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train, which currently air on PBS KIDS® in the U.S. and in multiple markets around the world, 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, as well as the Emmy®-nominated preschool series Pajanimals for Universal Kids.

She 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, 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 of animated features with Cyber Group Studios.

IIn addition to her Emmy®-nominations, Stanford is a recipient of the Cynopsis Kids !magination Award in Content Leadership, and for the last sixteen years has garnered over 100 honors around the globe for the company’s programming, including the Emmy Awards, Parent’s Choice Awards Gold Honor, Rockie Award Grand Prize-Banff World Media Festival, Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards, NAPPA Honors Award, Kidscreen Awards, Finalist-Prix Jeunesse Catalogue, and National Parents Publications Awards.

Stanford joined The Jim Henson Company in 1993 and worked on beloved Muppet projects like Muppet Treasure IslandMuppets 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.

Her film and television producing credits for the Jim Henson Company include:
Word Party Songs, 2020 (8 eps.)
Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, 2020 (6 eps.)
The Dark Crystal:  Age of Resistance, 2019 (10 eps.)
Dinosaur Train, 2019 (198 eps.)
Sid the Science Kid, 2008 – 2015 (60 eps.)
Splash and Bubbles, 2016 (80 eps.)
Word Party, 2019 (60 eps.)
Julie’s Greenroom, 2017 (13 eps.)
Dot., 2016 (78 eps.)
Doozers, 2018 (72 eps.)
Me & My Monsters, 2010-2011 (26 eps.)
Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, 2015
Pajanimals, 2010-2011 (52 eps.)
Frances, 2008
Animal Jam, 2003
Telling Stories with Tomie DePaola, 2001

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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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Kait Boss
Director,
Children’s Television

As Director of Children’s TV at The Jim Henson Company, Kait Boss sources and oversees the development for both live-action and animation television productions. She is currently shepherding several high-profile projects including Hello Magic, Slumberkins, Come Over to My House, and the wildly popular Netflix property Word Party.

Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company in May 2020, Boss served as a creative executive and content producer for American Girl, where she developed a wide variety of inspiring and girl-powered stories as live-action features and specials, chapter-book series, live events, and short-form digital content. She served as a creative executive on two seasons of the brand’s first animated series, WellieWishers.

Boss graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Film, TV, and Radio Studies.

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Blanca Lista
Senior Vice President,
Feature Film Production

Blanca Lista oversees the Company’s extensive feature film development slate for live action, animation, and puppet features. Lista leads the development for highly anticipated legacy projects such as Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Power of the Dark Crystal and The Storyteller as well as new projects including The Portable Door and The House of the Scorpion. Lista is currently in production on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix.

Lista joined the company in 2009 as a story editor and served as a production executive on the Company’s production of Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney and The Star for Sony Pictures Animation. Lista won an Emmy® for Outstanding Children’s Program as co-executive producer on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance for Netflix.

Prior to joining the Company in 2009 as a story editor, Lista was a creative assistant at Warner Bros. Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lista is a graduate of Bard College where she received her undergraduate degree in Film and Asian Studies. She earned an MFA with Honors Distinction from LUCA School of Arts in Belgium and during that time, Lista was also awarded the prestigious artist-in-residency program at art laboratory, Bains Connective.

Submissions Policy: Please understand that The Jim Henson Company has many projects in development and there are a number of potential legal consequences which can result from reading unsolicited material which may turn out to be similar to a project we are developing or may develop. Accordingly, the general policy of The Jim Henson Company is to not read or consider unsolicited literary material, ideas or suggestions of any nature whatsoever unless they are submitted through an agent or attorney with whom we have had prior dealings.

Featured Productions

DUFF’S HAPPY FUN BAKE TIME Television | 6 X 30′| Children and Families With a unique blend of science, eye-popping ingredients and free-spirited comedy, Duff Goldman and a cast of hilarious and fantastical puppets make food science fun for the whole family by teaching basic cooking skills and revealing how ingredients work together to create food we love! Discover new recipes, learn cooking fundamentals, experiment and create new family favorites that will be enjoyed for

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PAJANIMALS Television | 52 X 11′| Preschool Series Pajanimals follows the amazing adventures of four sweet and gentle characters – Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow Cowbella and the optimistic puppy Apollo – who were designed and built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Through their imaginary journeys, these cuddly musical puppets venture out on amazing adventures of discovery, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully. Characters

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WORD PARTY Television | 40 X 11′| Age Group; Preschool, Youngest Viewers Word Party is an interactive preschool show that invites you to help take care of four adorable baby animals as they sing, dance and play their way through their daily routines, learning new and exciting words along the way! CLICK HERE TO BUY ITEMS FROM THE WORD PARTY MERCHMAKE SHOP! Previous Next Characters Bailey A baby cheetah is the female leader of the

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THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE Television | Now Streaming on Netflix The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra, with an all new adventure. When three young Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. Rediscover the age of wonder inspired by Jim Henson’s groundbreaking vision. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is coming to Netflix.

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JULIE’S GREENROOM Television | 13 X 30′| Children’s Series Join Fizz, Riley, Peri, Spike, and Hank, as they explore the magic of the performing arts under the mentorship and teaching of theater legend Julie Andrews. Together, Ms. Julie and her assistant Gus team up with some very special guests to help the Greenies learn about the creative workings of each different performing art. Follow along as the Greenies master each talent, learning and working together

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DOT. Television | 78 X 11′| Children’s Series This new animated preschool series features Dot, an 8-year old inquisitive and exuberant tech-savvy girl who launches herself into adventures and fearlessly sets about solving problems – her own, her best friend’s or her best dog’s – in the same way any 8-year old would…by making mistakes and laughing even more along the way. Based on the book of the same title by New York Times best-selling

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SPLASH AND BUBBLES Television | 80 X 11′ | Age Group: preschool Splash, Bubbles and their best friends Dunk and Ripple go on epic adventures, discovering marine biology and oceanography as they meet all kinds of “citizens of the sea.” With lots of play, comedy and music, these Reeftown Rangers explore the one big ocean we all share. VISIT THE PBSKIDS.ORG WEBSITE Video Clip Splash & Bubbles, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3yD8xptJnY&feature=emb_imp_woyt Where To WatchFind Splash and Bubbles

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HI OPIE! Television | 78 X 7′| Preschool Series Hi Opie! is a live-action preschool series that follows the social, emotional and intellectual escapades of 5-year-old Opie, your new puppet friend. Previous Next Video Clip Hi Opie!, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCTLb9cP4J4&feature=emb_imp_woyt News

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News

The Jim Henson Company Options Susan Dennard’s The Witchlands Books

PRESS RELEASE January 16, 2018 The Jim Henson Company Options Susan Dennard’s The Witchlands Books Wildly Popular Fantasy Saga To Be Live Action Series Atlanta, GA, September 2, 2018 – The Jim Henson Company has optioned The Witchlands books, written by best-selling author Susan Dennard, to be developed as a live-action television series. The surprise announcement was made today by Halle Stanford, President of Television for The Jim Henson Company at a Dragon Con panel led

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The Jim Henson Company To Develop Popular Educational Product Line Slumberkins As A Television Series

PRESS RELEASE July 9, 2018 The Jim Henson Company To Develop Popular Educational Product Line Slumberkins As A Television Series Live-Action Puppet Preschool Series Hollywood, CA, July 9, 2018 – The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years, is developing a new live-action puppet preschool series based on Slumberkins, a leading educational children’s brand working to teach positive social- emotional life skills to both parents and children. The announcement

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The Jim Henson Company Partners With Rehab Entertainment And 2 Friends Entertainment To Develop Louise Fitzhugh’s Celebrated Harriet The Spy And Audrey Penn’s Heartwarming The Kissing Hand Picture Book Series For TV

PRESS RELEASE January 16, 2018 The Jim Henson Company Partners With Rehab Entertainment And 2 Friends Entertainment To Develop Louise Fitzhugh’s Celebrated Harriet The Spy And Audrey Penn’s Heartwarming The Kissing Hand Picture Book Series For TV Two Beloved Book Properties Added To Expanding Development Slate Hollywood, Calif., February 7, 2018 – The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years, has optioned two beloved classic book properties for development

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