October 10, 2016 Fraggle Rock Converted to HD for a New Generation of Fans Digitally Remastered Library of the Beloved Series to Be Available on HBO Later This Year and Offered to International Buyers for the First Time at the Upcoming MIPJunior and MIPCOM 2016 Markets
Hollywood, Calif., October 10, 2016 - The Jim Henson Company announced today that the globally renowned television series, Fraggle Rock, which has been digitally remastered for fans and a whole new generation, will return at the end of this year on HBO, which was the original home of the series when it premiered in 1983. The new HD version of Fraggle Rock will be offered to international buyers for the first time at MIPJunior and MIPCOM this year.
From creative genius Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock stars a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, quirky cave-dwellers who live in an underground world alongside their industrious green neighbors, the Doozers, and a family of enormous Gorgs. The series follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity, and caring for the planet. With 96 episodes, 100 original songs and millions of fans around the world, Fraggle Rock has been seen in over 98 countries and has secured several prestigious awards, including three Cable ACE Awards and five International Emmy Awards.
Fraggle Rock has been remastered to HD by Los Angeles-based post production and film restoration studio illuminate, using their SmartRez Image Translation™ technology that uses proprietary algorithms to provide a completely new way to create HD images so rich that they look like they originated in HD.
“HBO was the initial home for the U.S. premiere of Fraggle Rock in 1983, and it’s fitting that the network premieres this beautifully remastered version of the series,” commented Richard Goldsmith, EVP, Global Distribution, The Jim Henson Company. “In remastering the series, illuminate has created a contemporary look for the series with meticulous attention paid to every detail--sharpening the images, cleaning up the contrast, increasing the vibrancy of the colors and re-formatting for wide-screen--all under the careful supervision of Brian Henson. Fans will delight in seeing this newly formatted series, and we’ll engage a whole new audience who will love meeting the Fraggles, Gorgs and Doozers.”
About The Jim Henson CompanyThe Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG-animated preschool series Doozers and the upcoming digital citizenship series for preschoolers Dot, and the Netflix series for young preschoolers Word Party. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! and the TV film Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.
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 postproduction 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 brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.
About HBOHome Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 131 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO NOW®, the network’s internet-only premium streaming service, provides audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.
About illuminateHeadquartered in Studio City, illuminate is a technology innovator in production and post-production serving the global entertainment industry. Working with major studios, TV networks, digital platforms, independent producers and distributors, illuminate provides traditional post-production services such as editorial, color correction, digital intermediate and distribution in 2K and 4K. Its production studio, which features two fully-equipped and staffed stages and multiple HD cameras for live and taped productions, has been used by television and feature film productions such as Anarchy Afterword (Sons of Anarchy), True Blood, The Mentalist and Gone Girl. For the past 20 years, illuminate has also pioneered restoration techniques that have revived valuable library content to today’s viewing standards. For more information, visit http://illuminatehollywood.com/
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