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Halle Stanford

President, Television

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Delaney Shiokari

Director, Primetime Development

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Tara Billik

Vice President, Feature Films

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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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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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Tara Billik
Vice President,
Feature Films

Tara Billik is Vice President of Feature Films at The Jim Henson Company, overseeing the Company’s fantasy, science fiction, animated and family film projects.

Before joining The Jim Henson Company in 2023, Billik was Vice President of Film & TV at Mythical Entertainment and Vice President of Development and Production at Gunpowder and Sky. She previously held creative development positions for producer Marianne Maddalena and Oscar winner Graham King’s GK Films. Billik began her career working for Wes Craven and has worked on a myriad of productions including Hugo, The Tourist, The Rum Diary, The Town, Rango, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Edge of Darkness, and more.

Originally from Michigan, Billik holds a B.A. in Film and Video Studies from The University of Michigan.

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