November 14, 2016 The Jim Henson Company Taps Chris Lytton as new COO and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs.
Hollywood, Calif., November 14, 2016 - The Jim Henson Company has brought on seasoned industry executive and attorney Chris Lytton as COO and the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs. The announcement was made today by Lisa Henson, the Company’s President and CEO.
Lytton will oversee the Company’s day-to-day operations, including business affairs, distribution, and consumer products. He will also focus on exploring new lines of business and joint ventures, including opportunities with China and other international markets.
"Chris comes to us with a deeply entrepreneurial background, making him uniquely suited to join the leadership of our independent Company," said Lisa Henson. "His leadership skills and experience in developing strategic financial partnerships are certain to serve our new businesses as well as our core mission of entertaining families all around the world."
"The Jim Henson Company is a leader in creating iconic content for audiences around the world," said Lytton. "The Company has a respected tradition of celebrating innovation and authentic creativity and you can feel that dynamism in the atmosphere across all its businesses and productions. For me, working with Lisa and Brian, and with their successful team, is an extraordinary opportunity."
Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, 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.
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.
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