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Thank you for your interest in The Jim Henson Company! We are looking for hardworking team players who embody the creative and innovative spirit of our company. We enjoy working in a fun and relaxed environment. If you have a sense of humor and positive attitude, we would love to hear from you!

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. Human Resources will contact you directly if there is interest in your qualifications. Please note submission materials cannot be returned. All submissions become property of The Jim Henson Company.

General Employment Positions

Full-Time
Hollywood, CA
Posted 1 week ago

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as a top-tier, award-winning film production company and an innovator in creatures, puppetry, and live-action and animated television. Henson’s most recent feature film credits include Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2023 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature), the independent film The Portable Door, (releasing April 2023 on MGM+), and the sequel to Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, currently in production for Disney+. Recent television credits include the reboot of Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock and the animated series Harriet the Spy for Apple TV+.

We are looking for an Executive Assistant to support one of our top executives. We hope to hire an upbeat individual who is calm under pressure and has a great sense of humor. 50% of this role will be focused on supporting the executive with personal errands in addition to admin tasks in support of various business lines that are outside of The Jim Henson Company scope. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to stay motivated and focused with minimal supervision.

Responsibilities:

JHC Corporate

  • First point of contact to all parties including clients, board members, shareholders, Talent and employees
  • Manage executive’s calendar including setting appointments and meetings
  • Work with travel agent on executive’s travel logistics
  • Manage information flow for various projects in a timely and accurate manner
  • Act as an office manager by keeping up with office supply inventory
  • Format information for internal and external communication – memos, emails
  • Screen and direct phone calls and distribute correspondence
  • Organize and maintain the office filing system
  • Handle personal appointments and schedule
  • Maintain digital filing system for department
  • Execute all tasks with professionalism and discretion
  • Demonstrate good interpersonal skills and a pleasant, open demeanor

Personal Assistant Work

  • Keep calendar and schedule a variety of personal appointments
  • Project manage business and residential vendors for ad-hoc projects
  • Handle admin tasks as needed for executives other business interests as they arise
  • Run errands and/or arrange for resources to accomplish various life tasks for executive

Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years’ experience working as an Executive Assistant to a creative or entertainment executive
  • Proficient with the MS Office suite
  • A can-do attitude with no task being too big or too small
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills to deal with various personalities

Pay Scale: $50,000-$55,000/year depending on experience.

Please apply online by submitting a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobpostings@henson.com.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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Job CategoryGeneral Employment

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as a top-tier, award-winning film production company and an innovator in...

Full-Time
Hollywood, CA
Posted 2 weeks ago

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as a top-tier, award-winning film production company and an innovator in creatures, puppetry, and live-action and animated television. Henson’s most recent feature film credits include Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2023 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature), the independent film The Portable Door, (releasing April 2023 on MGM+), and the sequel to Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, currently in production for Disney+. Recent television credits include the reboot of Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock and the animated series Harriet the Spy for Apple TV+.

The Jim Henson Company is seeking a talented Animation/ Digital Coordinator to join our 2-person Digital Puppetry Studio. The Henson Digital Puppetry Studio uses patented technology to allow producers, directors, and performers to manipulate three-dimensional CG characters in full CG environments. This is done in real-time for broadcast or streaming. Must be experienced with animation pipelines and processes.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise internal technology development (Shotgrid, Unreal, Custom Software Development)
  • Ability to translate technical concepts into layperson's terms (i.e. different software and coding language)
  • Ability to organize people and keep internal/external teams focused
  • Portfolio organization and talent recruiting. Outreach and relationship building with animation and VFX schools.
  • Coordinate meetings and send calendar invites.
  • Meeting prep for internal and client meetings.
    • Securing NDAs.
    • Preparing supplemental materials.
    • Coordinating lot access and meeting logistics
    • Research on new companies and people.
  • Participate in the creation of promotional materials and decks for the department.
  • Prepare and track staff workload (Primarily for the Creative Supervisor as well as intermittent freelance staff)
  • Serve as a liaison between Digital Creature Shop and other departments at the company.
  • Supervise the upkeep of the equipment inventory and the departmental wiki.
  • Coordinate start paperwork for new hires.
  • Weekly payroll review and coding.
  • Sign and code overhead invoices and credit card charges and submit them through the appropriate channels. Create and log POs as necessary.
  • Prepare weekly executive meeting updates.
  • Keep tabs on license server and ensure that software licenses are tracked, adjusted, and/or renewed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Coordination of schedule for the edit bays
  • Take and process notes and next steps in departmental meetings.
  • Ensure that freelance invoices are submitted on time by directly following up with contractors on a weekly basis.
  • Maintain digital filing system for department.

Qualifications:

  • Must be experienced with animation pipelines and processes
  • At least 2 years in a production coordinator position or equivalent.
  • Ability to solve complex problems efficiently.
  • A calm and positive attitude.

Pay Scale: $60,000-$85,000/year depending on experience.

Please apply online by submitting a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to jobpostings@henson.com.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

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Job CategoryGeneral Employment

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as a top-tier, award-winning film production company and an innovator in...

Jim Henson's Creature Shop Positions

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 7 months ago

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), Word Party (Netflix), and Earth to Ned (Disney+). Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets and the classic Muppets, as well as the iconic characters from DinosaursFarscape, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and many more. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things AreForgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five Children and It. 

The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. A recipient of more than 9 Emmy Awards for its outstanding work building puppets for Sesame Street, the Shop also received an Academy Award for its visual effects work on the film Babe. Other awards include a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom-based interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for its work in developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio, a patented control system technology that enables puppeteers to perform computer-generated characters in real time. www.creatureshop.com

We are adding to our roster for future projects on a short-term freelance basis. Work will be performed on site at our NY or Los Angeles Shops. We actively encourage individuals belonging to diverse groups (racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment to bring unique characters both large and small to life.
  • Work well under pressure, be highly organized, and have a positive attitude.

Skills

  • Costume Design
  • Hand sewing
  • Machine sewing
  • Costume fabrication
  • Familiarity with fabric dyeing and distressing is a plus

Pay Range: $20-$75/per hour

Please apply by email and attach your portfolio or resume:

jobpostings@henson.com

We are currently NOT accepting applications or attachments via the online link.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Features

Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Re...

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 7 months ago

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), Word Party (Netflix), and Earth to Ned (Disney+). Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets and the classic Muppets, as well as the iconic characters from DinosaursFarscape, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and many more. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things AreForgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five Children and It. 

The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. A recipient of more than 9 Emmy Awards for its outstanding work building puppets for Sesame Street, the Shop also received an Academy Award for its visual effects work on the film Babe. Other awards include a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom-based interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for its work in developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio, a patented control system technology that enables puppeteers to perform computer-generated characters in real time. www.creatureshop.com

We are adding to our roster for future projects on a short-term freelance basis. Work will be performed on site at our NY or Los Angeles Shops. We are currently seeking Mold Makers. We actively encourage individuals belonging to diverse groups (racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment to bring unique characters both large and small to life.
  • Work well under pressure, be highly organized, and have a positive attitude.

Skills

  • Molding and casting
  • Seaming and patching
  • Other fabrication skills are a plus

Pay Range: $20-$75/per hour

Please apply by email and attach your portfolio or resume:

jobpostings@henson.com

We are currently NOT accepting applications or attachments via the online link.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Features

Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Re...

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 7 months ago

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), Word Party (Netflix), and Earth to Ned (Disney+). Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets and the classic Muppets, as well as the iconic characters from DinosaursFarscape, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and many more. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things AreForgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five Children and It. 

The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. A recipient of more than 9 Emmy Awards for its outstanding work building puppets for Sesame Street, the Shop also received an Academy Award for its visual effects work on the film Babe. Other awards include a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom-based interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for its work in developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio, a patented control system technology that enables puppeteers to perform computer-generated characters in real time. www.creatureshop.com

We are adding to our roster for future projects on a short-term freelance basis. Work will be performed on site at our NY or Los Angeles Shops. We are currently seeking Fabricators to include puppet builders, costumers, designers, etc. We actively encourage individuals belonging to diverse groups (racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment to bring unique characters both large and small to life.
  • Work well under pressure, be highly organized, and have a positive attitude.

Skills

  • Flat foam patterning
  • Sculpting and painting
  • Design
  • Hand sewing
  • Machine sewing
  • Costume fabrication
  • Molding and casting
  • Seaming and patching
  • Fabric dyeing and distressing
  • Flocking
  • Hair Punching and wig making
  • Puppet mechanisms and engineering
  • Puppet wrangling
  • Familiarity with Photoshop, ZBrush, and 3D printing is a plus

Pay Range: $20-$75/per hour

Please apply by email and attach your portfolio or resume:

jobpostings@henson.com

We are currently NOT accepting applications or attachments via the online link.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Features

Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Re...

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 7 years ago

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), Word Party (Netflix), and Earth to Ned (Disney+). Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets and the classic Muppets, as well as the iconic characters from DinosaursFarscape, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and many more. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things AreForgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five Children and It. 

The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. A recipient of more than 9 Emmy Awards for its outstanding work building puppets for Sesame Street, the Shop also received an Academy Award for its visual effects work on the film Babe. Other awards include a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom-based interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for its work in developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio, a patented control system technology that enables puppeteers to perform computer-generated characters in real time. www.creatureshop.com

We are adding to our roster for future projects on a short-term freelance basis. Work will be performed on site at our NY or Los Angeles Shops. We are currently seeking Sculptors. We actively encourage individuals belonging to diverse groups (racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment to bring unique characters both large and small to life.
  • Work well under pressure, be highly organized, and have a positive attitude.

Skills

  • Sculpting
  • Molding and casting are a plus
  • Seaming and patching are a plus
  • Other fabrication skills are a plus

Please apply online by submitting your portfolio to (see below). You may also include resume and cover letter.

Pay Range: $20-$75/per hour

jobpostings@henson.com

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Features

Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Re...

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 7 years ago

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (Apple TV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), Word Party (Netflix), and Earth to Ned (Disney+). Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the Shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s best-known characters including the Sesame Street puppets and the classic Muppets, as well as the iconic characters from DinosaursFarscape, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and many more. Other feature film credits include Where the Wild Things AreForgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five Children and It. 

The shop is also known for its live performance work with artists like Coldplay, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5. A recipient of more than 9 Emmy Awards for its outstanding work building puppets for Sesame Street, the Shop also received an Academy Award for its visual effects work on the film Babe. Other awards include a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom-based interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for its work in developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio, a patented control system technology that enables puppeteers to perform computer-generated characters in real time. www.creatureshop.com

We are adding to our roster for future projects on a short-term freelance basis. Work will be performed on site at our NY or Los Angeles Shops. We are currently seeking Mechanical and Animatronics Specialists. We actively encourage individuals belonging to diverse groups (racial, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, etc.).

Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively in a fast-paced creative environment to bring unique characters both large and small to life.
  • Work well under pressure, be highly organized, and have a positive attitude.

Skills

  • Puppet mechanisms and engineering
  • Other fabrication skills are a plus

Please apply online by submitting your portfolio to (see below). You may also include resume and cover letter.

Pay Range: $20-$75/per hour

jobpostings@henson.com

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We strive to foster a diverse environment and build a team that is inclusive across race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age, national origin, and veteran status.

Job Features

Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ provides digital puppetry, animatronic creatures, animation, and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live event, and advertising industries. Re...

Part-Time
Hollywood, CA
Posted 8 years ago

Digital Creature Shop Submissions
Hollywood, CA

Department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop

Job Description – Pipeline TD/Developer 1 and 2

  • Production support of artists and Maya scripting.
  • Design, develop, and maintain pipeline tools.
  • Improve and maintain the editorial pipeline and asset management system.
  • Improve work ow for artists in a multi-show environment.
  • Technical problem-solving and troubleshooting.

Qualifications – Pipeline TD/Developer 1 and 2

  • Strong understanding of the animation or visual effects pipeline.
  • Strong knowledge of Maya, Python, and MEL in a production environment.
  • Knowledge of and experience using Linux environment.
  • Preferred knowledge of SQLAlchemy and PostgreSQL.
  • Experience with Maya API a plus.
  • Experience with Python Web Frameworks, such as Pylons.

Job Description & Qualifications – Lighting Artist

  • Three-plus years of production experience using Maya, vRay, and Fusion or Nuke required.
  • Prior exposure to an animation environment preferred over visual effects.
  • Artist should be well-rounded in Maya with a focus on lighting, rendering, and compositing.
  • Must have a creative eye.
  • Will work on production shots as well as high-resolution marketing material.

To Apply

Please apply online by submitting the following documents to jobpostings@henson.com

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio (URL or PDF recommended, but not required)

No phone calls or faxes, please.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Digital Creature Shop SubmissionsHollywood, CA Department: Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Job Description – Pipeline TD/Developer 1 and 2 Qualifications – Pipeline TD/Developer 1 and 2 Job Descr...

Part-Time
Burbank, CA
Posted 8 years ago

Designer Portfolio Submissions
Burbank, CA

Department: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Reports To: Vice-President, Business Development, Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Posted August 12, 2015

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is seeking portfolio submissions from designers for consideration for future freelance design work focusing on character/creature design, environment concepts, and storyboard work.

To Apply

Please apply online by submitting the following documents to jobpostings@henson.com

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Portfolio (URL or PDF recommended, but not required)

No phone calls or faxes, please.

The Jim Henson Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Job CategoryJim Henson's Creature Shop

Designer Portfolio SubmissionsBurbank, CA Department: Jim Henson’s Creature ShopReports To: Vice-President, Business Development, Jim Henson’s Creature ShopPosted August 12, 2015 Jim Henso...

Internships

Thank you for your interest in an internship with The Jim Henson Company. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are willing to dedicate themselves to enhancing our company environment. We seek individuals who are organized, mature, and have a great sense of humor. You must have a positive attitude, desire to learn, and willingness to be flexible. This is a fun, relaxed place to work with a lot of creative energy and a good mix of hard work. You will see how our company functions from behind the scenes, and play a large role in contributing to our goals.

Please do not feel that you need to be a puppeteer, a puppet maker, or an arts and crafts buff to be considered for an internship. In fact, our internships are primarily in an office atmosphere located in our Los Angeles or New York offices. However, we welcome applicants with a special interest in the Company and its projects.

Interns must assume responsibility for their own transportation, living arrangements, etc.

Please note:
* We do NOT teach puppeteering, puppet making, mold making, sculpting, animatronic construction or foam latex construction.

Feel free to be creative with your application (although this is not necessary), but please maintain professionalism.

Internship Positions

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Puppeteering

At the present time we do not have any openings for new performers. However, we are always happy to consider the work of practiced puppeteers who are new to us. If you’re interested in contacting us, please send a brief 5–10 minute video, showing us your work with puppets and demonstrating a range of character voices. The video should be sent to:

PUPPETEER APPLICANTS
The Jim Henson Company
3718 Northern Blvd, Suite 400
Long Island City, NY 11101-1636