February 07, 2017 The Jim Henson Company Taps Sarah Maizes As New Vice President Of Children’s Entertainment
Hollywood, CA, February 7, 2017 - The Jim Henson Company has brought on 20-year veteran of children’s entertainment and publishing industry, Sarah Maizes, for the newly created position of Vice President of Children's Entertainment. The announcement was made today by Halle Stanford, the Company’s Executive Vice President of Children's Entertainment, to whom she will report.
In her new role, Maizes will focus on the production of all preschool and children’s programming for television, home entertainment and digital media in animated and live-action formats. 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.
“Sarah brings her rich entertainment experience and deep understanding of kids and parents to her new role at Henson,” said Stanford. “She has a truly authentic point-of-view as both a parent and a grown-up kid, that will give a hilarious, honest touch to her work here.”
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.
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 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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