The Executive Team

Lisa Henson President & CEO

Laurie Don Executive Vice President & CFO

Chris Lytton COO & Executive Vice President Of Strategy and Business Affairs

Joe Henderson Executive Vice President
Worldwide Administration



Halle Stanford Executive Vice President,
Children's Entertainment

Nicole Goldman Executive Vice President,
Marketing and Publicity

Karen Arbeeny Vice President Business Operations,
Global Distribution

Peter Brooke Creative Supervisor,
Jim Henson's Creature Shop™

Faryal Ganjehei Vice President Studio Operations,
Henson Recording Studio

Blanca Lista Vice President,
Feature Film Production

Sarah Maizes Vice President,
Children's Entertainment

Jeremy Nocon Vice President, Business Development,
Jim Henson's Creature Shop™

Federico San Martin Vice President,
Global Consumer Products

Debra Shapiro Vice President,
Business & Legal Affairs

Howard Sharp Vice President,
Administration

Celine Willard Vice President,
Digital Development and Interactive Media

Karen Falk Archives Director,
Archives

Lisa Henson CEO & President

As CEO and President, Lisa Henson oversees all television and feature film production from early development through post-production. Henson credits include the Netflix Original Word Party, the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS®, the Sprout animated series Dot., based on Randi Zuckerberg’s popular book, and the new Netflix Original preschool show Julie’s Greenroom, starring award-winning actress Julie Andrews. Additionally, Henson serves as executive producer on the Emmy®-nominated PBS KIDS® preschool series Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train, the Sprout preschool series Pajanimals and the Hulu original Doozers, a CG animated preschool series inspired by the popular characters from Fraggle Rock, all airing daily in the U.S. and in multiple markets around the world.

Henson is currently serving as executive producer on Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star set to premiere in November 2017. Other feature credits include the Disney film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayMirrorMaskMuppets Wizard of Oz, and Good Boy! Films currently in development include Frog and ToadWhich Witch with Billy Crystal, Happytime Murders starring Henson Alternative's Miskreant Puppets, and the highly anticipated film Fraggle Rock.

Prior to her current position, Henson was President of Columbia Pictures where she oversaw a string of critical and commercial successes including Little WomenImmortal Beloved, and Ang Lee’s Oscar®-winning Sense and Sensibility. Before joining Columbia Pictures, Henson served as an executive at Warner Bros.

Henson graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University, where she was the first female president of The Harvard Lampoon.


Laurie Don Executive Vice President & CFO

Laurie Don joined The Jim Henson Company as Vice President of Financial Operations in 2004. Based in Los Angeles, Ms. Don is responsible for the worldwide financial activities of the Company, including Jim Henson's Creature Shop™ and the Henson Recording Studios in addition to production, distribution and licensing. Additionally, she advises senior management on key financial and operational issues.

Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Don was Controller at Lucas Digital, LTD (Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound), heading up Production Finance, Financial Planning, General Accounting, Payroll, and Business Systems. Her previous experience also includes Controller at Tele-TV and Director, Financial Controls at Warner Bros. Studio Facilities.

Ms. Don received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies from University of Illinois in Champaign and earned her first screen credit while completing the coursework for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinematography from Columbia University. Ms. Don received her accounting degree from Baruch College, New York while working for GTN Productions, Inc., making documentary films focusing on ethnic-American traditions. She then went on to earn her CPA working with Deloitte and Touche in New York.


Chris Lytton COO & Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs

Chris Lytton is the COO & Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs of The Jim Henson Company. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Lytton oversees the Company’s day-to-day operations, including business affairs, distribution, and consumer products. He also focuses on exploring new lines of business and joint ventures, including opportunities with China and other international markets.

Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company in 2016, Lytton served as COO at Route One Entertainment, a limited partner in a $120 million dollar media fund with credits including Free State of Jones and Tallulah. He was also co-head and COO of Exclusive Media’s film production group handling the financing, talent and distribution agreements on projects like Rush, Dark Places, and Begin Again and co-managing the company’s catalog of 600 films.

Mr. Lytton is a native Angeleno and graduated Cum Laude from the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television and then attended the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Texas with an academic scholarship, where he distinguished himself by becoming a member of a law review journal and moot court.


Joe Henderson Executive Vice President,
Worldwide Administration

In his role as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Administration, Joe Henderson oversees the Company's worldwide administration, facilities information technology, risk management, travel and, along with the company’s Chief Financial Officer, all Human Resources matters. Additionally, he oversees the management and maintenance of the Company's vast archive and media library which covers over sixty years of TV and film productions.

Based in Los Angeles, Henderson also heads up the business of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, both in Los Angeles and New York, including the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio as well as the operations of The Henson Soundstage and the Henson Recording Studios, two of the Company’s ancillary businesses. Henson Recording Studios, formerly A&M Records, continues to be one of the music industry's top recording facilities and is known for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment. The Henson Soundstage is a Hollywood landmark that is used for both production and private events for the Company as well as third party clients.

Henderson joined The Jim Henson Company in 1986 and previously managed the Company's well known New York brownstone facility. He relocated to Hollywood in 1999 and oversaw the purchase and subsequent award-winning renovation of the historic Charlie Chaplin Studios which became the Company's corporate headquarters in 2000.


Halle Stanford Executive Vice President,
Children's Entertainment

Executive Vice President, Children's Entertainment Halle Stanford leads the Company’s development and production of all preschool and children’s programming for television, home entertainment and digital media in animated and live-action formats. A nine-time Emmy-nominated children’s television producer, she currently serves as an executive producer on the award-winning series Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train, which currently air on PBS KIDS® in the U.S. and in multiple markets around the world, as well as Doozers, a CG-animated preschool series inspired by the wildly popular characters from the classic Henson series Fraggle Rock which debuted as the first Hulu Original for kids in 2014 and currently airs on Sprout. She is also an executive producer on the live-action preschool series Hi Opie!, the Emmy®-nominated preschool series Pajanimals airing daily on Sprout; and the Lifetime Thanksgiving television feature Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. She most recently served as executive producer on the preschool Netflix Original Word Party and the animated series Dot., based on Randi Zuckerberg’s popular book scheduled to premiere on Sprout fall 2016.

Stanford is currently in production on the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS® and the Netflix Original preschool show Julie’s Greenroom starring award-winning actress Julie Andrews. She is also developing an untitled children’s series based on children’s books from Al Yankovic. 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 series development with Cyber Group Studios.

Stanford joined The Jim Henson Company in 1993 and has developed and produced many well-known properties for the company since that time. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film and Theater from Wesleyan University and lives in Los Angeles with her sons Max and Theo.

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Nicole Goldman Executive Vice President,
Marketing and Publicity

Nicole Goldman, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Publicity at The Jim Henson Company, oversees the global marketing, promotions and public relations for all sectors of the Company's business, including corporate, television, consumer products, home entertainment, international, live theater and online.

In her current role, Goldman has been instrumental in the successful launches of key children's brands, including Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, Doozers and Pajanimals. Under the Henson Alternative label, she oversaw the launches of Fusion’s No, You Shut Up! and the live improvisational puppet show, Puppet Up! - Uncensored. Goldman also proudly celebrates the Company’s legacy and the work of its founder Jim Henson with ongoing PR and promotion of its classic brands like Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, and The Dark Crystal.

Goldman works closely with the Company's consumer products group and distribution department to support licensing partners and broadcasters around the world. She also collaborates with the Company's new media department to develop and implement effective social media initiatives like Jim's Red Book and and the new Henson Family Hub. Goldman manages the Company's corporate website, www.henson.com, as well as dedicated web communities for Henson brands. Additionally, she oversees the community outreach and supporting educational activities for all of Henson's preschool productions.

Goldman began her career with The Jim Henson Company in 1995, and since then she has played an integral role in developing and implementing successful publicity campaigns for the Muppets at NASCAR and The Muppet Show's 25th Anniversary. She also led the Company's public relations' efforts in promoting the mini-series "Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars" and the national campaigns celebrating the Company's 60th anniversary and Jim Henson’s 75th birthday in partnership with Google Doodles.


Karen Arbeeny Vice President Business Operations,
Global Distribution

Karen Lee Arbeeny joined The Jim Henson Company in March 2012 and serves as Vice President of Business Operations, Global Distribution. Based in the Los Angeles office, Karen is responsible for sales and contract administration, technical operations and client servicing within the Global Distribution Group of the Company.

Prior to joining the Company, she served as Vice President Administration, Digital Media at NBC Universal. Previously Karen worked at Comcast International Media Group as Vice President, Business Operations managing Comcast’s international sales and contract administration and client servicing in addition to program library management for seven (7) Comcast networks. Previously, she worked with Saban/Fox Family Worldwide as Contract Manager dealing with third party acquisitions for the ten (10) international channels of Fox Kids Worldwide.

Before moving into the distribution side of the business, Karen pursued independent and documentary filmmaking. Most notably, she served as Production Consultant on the award winning documentary, Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.  Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, the film profiled the renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman; she was the Production Consultant and Second Unit Director on Bridge to Havana, a music documentary featuring 90 artists and songwriters (Bonnie Raitt, Don Was, Stewart Copeland, Chuco Valdez, Mick Fleetwood, Burt Bacharach, Dave Koz, Joan Osborne, Jimmy Buffett, Peter Frampton, Gladys Knight etc.), engaged in a cross-cultural artistic exchange program in Cuba culminating with a meeting with Fidel Castro; Produced and Directed the family adventure-fantasy film, Mr. ATLAS and Executive Produced The American Samurai, a martial arts film shot in Israel.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University and is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Peter Brooke Creative Supervisor,
Jim Henson's Creature Shop™

Peter Brooke is the Creative Supervisor for the Academy Award®-winning Jim Henson's Creature Shop and is responsible for the conception, design and sculpt of each character and creature brought to life at the Shop's LA location. His work can be seen in such films as The Producers, Cats & Dogs, Dr. Dolittle, and The Flintstones as well as the television projects Dinosaurs, Jim Henson's The Storyteller, and Brats of the Lost Nebula. Brooke works closely with the director and creative team of each film and television project to guarantee that their vision is realized in the character he creates. He also liaises with the Shop's builders and even supervises characters on set to ensure that the original concept and design style is maintained throughout the build and performance.

Brooke began his relationship with The Jim Henson Company in 1988 as a new graduate of the film school at Manchester Polytechnic. His first project was Jim Henson's The Storyteller as sculptor of the series' various fantasy and folk lore characters. When the company began production in Los Angeles on Dinosaurs in 1991, Brooke relocated to the US as a sculptor and designer on the technically ambitious comedy starring an entire cast of animatronic full-body dinosaurs.

Brooke recently led the design for a new cast of characters for the upcoming animated preschool series Frances. He also recently completed work for the upcoming film version of Where the Wild Things Are and is currently working on several upcoming Henson features. His own fine art sculpture has been featured in galleries across the country for nearly ten years. He has received the Gold Medal for Best Sculpture from the California Art Club and the Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists. His work has been featured in several magazines including Southwest Art, Art Talk, Art Revue and Wildlife Art News. Brooke is also an accomplished jazz saxophonist and plays lead alto saxophone with the Pasadena City College Big Band.

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Faryal Ganjehei Vice President Studio Operations,
Henson Recording Studios

Faryal Ganjehei joined The Jim Henson Company in 2000 as assistant to the Studio Manager of Henson Recording Studios.

She is now Vice President, Studio Operations, of the historic and prestigious Henson Recording Studios where her responsibilities include overseeing daily operations at the studio including monitoring client services and daily recording sessions. She is also responsible for booking the recording studios and manages the staff.

Ganjehei received a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies from California State University Northridge. She resides in Los Angeles.

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Blanca Lista Vice President,
Feature Film Production

Lista oversees the Company’s ever expanding feature film development slate for live action, animation, and puppet features. Currently, she is leading the development for highly anticipated legacy projects such as Fraggle Rock and Power of the Dark Crystal as well as several new projects including The Portable Door and the animated feature films Frog and Toad, Pinocchio (with Guillermo Del Toro), and Which Witch (starring, produced and written by Billy Crystal.)

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. Prior to joining the Company, she was a Creative Assistant at Warner Bros. 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 Sint-Lukas Brussels in Film. During her time in Brussels, Lista was an artist-in-residence at gallery Les Bains.

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Sarah Maizes Vice President,
Children's Entertainment

As Vice President of Children's Entertainment, Maizes focuses on the production of all preschool and children’s programming for television, home entertainment and digital media in animated and live-action formats for The Jim Henson Company. Maizes most recently served as a production executive on the Company’s new series for preschoolers, Dot., currently airing on Sprout.

Maizes is an established entertainment development executive and has also written several award-winning books for both children and parents including On My Way to the Bath, a Children's Book Council's Best Picture Book of 2012, and On My Way to Bed, a New York Times Children's Book Review Bookshelf "pick.” She has also written several non-fiction humor books. In addition, Sarah is a regular parenting and lifestyle contributor to Today.com.

Maizes began her career as a literary agent at William Morris where she represented children’s book authors/illustrators and went on to help build the agency’s kids’ entertainment division. In 1998, she moved to Los Angeles where she was a development executive at Nelvana, KingWorld Animation and eventually Mattel Entertainment. Maizes also spent time in the comedy world at Acme Comedy Theatre, and preforming stand up at The Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store, and Stand Up NY.

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Jeremy Nocon Vice President, Business Development,
Jim Henson's Creature Shop™

Jeremy Nocon is Vice President, Business Development of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, an internationally renowned service company for clients in the film, television, commercial, live event and themed-entertainment industries. Nocon develops new third party business opportunities and projects for the Creature Shop and, working with some of the top advertising agencies in the world, he has secured commercial campaign projects for companies such as Kraft, Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit, Lending Tree, Jack in the Box, Air New Zealand, and many more. Live event clients include headline artists such as Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. Nocon has also secured successful themed-entertainment attractions for Hershey's Chocolate World at Hershey Park and for the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Nocon joined the company in 2009 as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining Henson, he worked as a producer on independent film productions in Philadelphia and New York. Nocon attended Rutgers University and Widener University School of Law.

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Federico San Martin Vice President,
Global Consumer Products

Federico San Martin joined The Jim Henson Company in 2015 as Vice President of Consumer Products. San Martin develops licensed merchandised programs for both the domestic and overseas markets for Henson’s legacy and new properties. Continually, working with top licensees to obtain new and innovative business partnerships in various product categories.

Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, San Martin served as Head of Global Toys for DreamWorks Animation as well as, Director of European and Latin American Licensing. At this time, he created solid licensing programs with Mattel, Hasbro, and Spin Master for top of the line toys while building strong marketing and retail statements for retailers around the globe.

San Martin began his career at Mattel, where he honed his skills in consumer and sales research, licensing, and marketing in both the US and international markets before moving on as Director of Latin America Marketing and Licensing and US Director of the Gift and Novelty Category at Warner Brothers.

San Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Debra Shapiro Vice President,
Business & Legal Affairs

Debra Shapiro joined The Jim Henson Company in 2015 and is responsible for negotiating, documenting and advising on the Company’s distribution, merchandising, and new media licensing businesses, together with vendor services, confidentiality, financing and various other commercial agreements. She is based at the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

Shapiro previously worked at Paramount Pictures in various capacities, including support of Worldwide Pay Television, Ancillary Rights, Anti-Piracy and Digital Strategy, Home Entertainment and Home Media Distribution.  She also spent time at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Genius Products, and Warner Home Entertainment & Digital Distribution, primarily in support of acquisition and distribution of episodic and feature length pictures for home entertainment, digital and television platforms and services.  She started her career in private practice in New York at Fried Frank and later Shearman & Sterling, where she provided regulatory, bankruptcy, liability and litigation advice in connection with corporate, M&A, real estate and other transactions handled by the firms for clients in financial services, real estate, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and other diverse industries.


Howard Sharp Vice President,
Administration

In his role as Vice President of Administration, Howard Sharp overseas the daily operations of the Henson lot which includes the commercial use of the production office space and the Company’s soundstage, a Hollywood landmark that is used for both production and private events for the Company as well as third party clients.

Howard joined The Jim Henson Company in 1995 in the New York office as assistant to the Manager of Administration and relocated to Los Angeles in 2004. He graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Communications and currently resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and two sons.


Celine Willard Vice President,
Digital Development and Interactive Media

Celine Willard joined The Jim Henson Company in 2015 as Vice President of Digital Development & Interactive Media, based at the Company’s headquarters in Los Angeles. She oversees strategy, partnerships and production of mobile apps, games and websites across all of the Company’s brands including; The Dark Crystal, Doozers, Word Party, and Splash and Bubbles. Willard also works closely with all the Company’s production, marketing, consumer products and educational outreach teams to deliver projects that meet a variety of goals and provide engaging experiences for children and families.

Willard began her work in the digital space as the A&R Manager and Social Media Manager for Viacom’s MTV Games division, playing an integral role in the launch of The Beatles: Rock Band. In 2011, Willard founded Solutionary Media, a project management and social media company. Working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), she developed and aided in executing digital brand and launch strategies for Arts for Transit, including the Museum in Your Pocket app, as well as the social media strategy for MTA-wide customer service practices. Willard subsequently managed and produced MTV Fantasy Election ’12, a fantasy football-like online game and competition with 2012 House, Congressional, and Presidential candidates. Immediately prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, Willard was the Vice President, Head of Client Services at HYFN, a digital development firm, where she led strategy and production for a full digital rebuild of Get Schooled, a Bill and Melinda Gates/Viacom-born nonprofit.

Willard graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications in 2001. She received the New York City Teaching Fellowship and an AmeriCorps Education Award post-graduation. Concurrently, Willard obtained her Master of Science in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College.


Karen Falk Archives Director,
Archives

Since 1992, Karen Falk has served as the Archives Director and historian for The Jim Henson Company and is Vice President of The Jim Henson Legacy. She is the author of Imagination Illustrated: The Jim Henson Journal and the main contributor to the Jim Henson Company website “Jim’s Red Book.” As part of her work with The Jim Henson Legacy, she curated the Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit which traveled throughout the country and has organized other Henson exhibits for museums, galleries and universities. Recently, Falk worked with the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta on the creation of their Worlds of Puppetry Museum and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Journey to The Goblin City exhibit and is currently collaborating with the Museum of The Moving Image in New York on their permanent Jim Henson Gallery. In addition, Falk has contributed to numerous publications, documentaries, web sites and video releases relating to the life and work of Jim Henson.