Los Angeles / Toronto (March 22, 2023) – Award-winning global production company, marblemedia, and The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in innovative and iconic entertainment, are partnering once again, this time on the original scripted comedy series, Felix (10×30), which will break new ground by debunking the stereotypes and stigmatization around neurodiversity and mental health challenges among children.
Created by Miklos Perlus, and inspired by his neurodivergent son, Felix is a live action comedy about a boy, his family, and his “feels” – five original characters to be created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ that manifest his larger-than-life emotions. They live in his house; they follow him to school; they eat all the good snacks; they’re like the worst pets ever. And now that Felix attends a school for neurodivergent kids like him, he’s finally learning how to live with his very real emotions.
“For generations, the art of puppetry has helped us process our thoughts and feelings. By authentically depicting the nuanced and complex ways that neurodivergent children experience the world, Felix will use comedy and a cast of original hilarious characters to introduce audiences to new ways of thinking, reducing the stigma around mental health and inspiring families to improve their own communication,” said Halle Stanford, President of Television for The Jim Henson Company.
marblemedia and The Jim Henson Company have partnered previously on live-action preschool series Hi Opie!, in 2014 and its spin-off Opie’s Home in 2016.
marblemedia is a global multi-award-winning production company based in Toronto, Canada. For over 22 years, the company has been leading the future of entertainment through its diverse production slate of Scripted, Unscripted, and Kids & Family programming which has built up a library of over 2,100 hours of television.
The company has seen momentous growth over the past three years with recent success stories including the global phenomena and Netflix Original competition series Blown Away, hit family comedy Overlord and the Underwoods (Hulu, Nickelodeon, CBC, BYUtv, ITV), new Netflix Original competition Drink Masters, CBC original formats Race Against the Tide and Best in Miniature (with discovery+ UK & Ireland), five seasons of hit competition series All-Round Champion (BYUtv and TVOKids), new format A Cut Above (Bell Media and Discovery US), family comedy The Parker Andersons/Amelia Parker (Super Channel, BYUtv) and teen series Open Heart (Teen Nick, YTV). marblemedia is also looking forward to the release of the company’s first ever feature doc on the iconic and beloved Mr. Dressup coming out on Amazon Prime later this year.
marblemedia was founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a commitment to creativity and innovation. The company has offices in Los Angeles and London, plus a 50-acre production facility north of Toronto.
About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 65 years and is recognized as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation. The Company’s most recent credits include the acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix, the Emmy®-winning Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock for Apple TV+, and the feature film The Portable Door for MGM+. Other television credits include Slumberkins, Harriet the Spy and Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, all for Apple TV+, Word Party for Netflix, Earth to Ned for Disney+, and the Emmy-winning Netflix Original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Other TV productions include Dinosaur Train (PBS), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Sid the Science Kid (PBS), and Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), as well as Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, and the sci-fi series Farscape. Feature film credits include The Star (Sony Pictures Animation), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Disney), and the ground-breaking fantasy classics The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth.
With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and post-production facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative credits include The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell (Netflix), the feature film The Happytime Murders, and the popular live puppet improvisational show Puppet-Up! – Uncensored.
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