October 3, 2018 The Jim Henson Company Appoints Claudia Balzer Scott-Hansen as Senior Vice President, Global Distribution
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (October 3, 2018) – The Jim Henson Company has appointed Claudia Balzer Scott-Hansen to the role of Senior Vice President, Global Distribution, reporting to Chris Lytton, the Company’s COO & Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs.
“Claudia has a rich knowledge of the media landscape and a deep understanding of the ever-changing opportunities for innovative content producers like The Jim Henson Company,” commented Lytton. “Her expertise in the global market with both traditional and new outlets will be extremely valuable as we continue to reach international audiences with classic and contemporary award-winning programming Including educational, fantasy, and primetime genres.”
"The Jim Henson Company has built a robust and diverse library of new and established properties, and there is tremendous interest worldwide to exploit them across multiple platforms,” commented Scott-Hansen. “In particular, the all-new season of the iconic Dinosaur Train, a favorite of mine and my own children, as well as children and families around the world, is sure to be a hit at MIP Junior and MIPCOM.”
Claudia and her team - including veteran Henson executive Anna Moorefield, Vice President of Global Distribution - will focus their efforts on licensing television, digital and DVD rights across the Company’s classic and more recent offerings of children’s, fantasy and sci-fi programming that collectively have amassed over 50 Emmy Awards. Headlining the slate is the new Season 5 of the six-time EMMY®-nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor series DINOSAUR TRAIN™, to air in the U.S. on PBS KIDS®. The new season's 11 colorful CG-animated half-hour episodes (or 22 x 11’ episodes) continue the exploration of natural science with an emphasis on adventure, discovery, new inventions and traveling outside our comfort zone with Buddy the young tyrannosaurus and his adoptive family of Pteranodons.
Additional titles include Dot., the digital citizenship series for preschoolers about to debut its second season in the U.S. on Universal Kids and Hulu; the marine biology-themed animated series Splash and Bubbles, airing in the U.S. on PBS KIDS; Doozers, a Hulu original series (also available on Universal Kids in the U.S.) featuring the wildly popular characters from the classic Henson series Fraggle Rock; and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, airing in the U.S on PBS KIDS. Classic television productions include the internationally beloved Fraggle Rock, now available in HD for a whole new legion of fans, Jim Henson's popular The Storyteller, and the sci-fi cult classic series Farscape.
Claudia Scott-Hansen is an accomplished media professional with over 20 years-experience in media rights distribution and global franchise development. Since September 2015, Claudia served as Vice President, Business Development, at 9 Story Media Group. In that role, she led the company’s global partnerships, as well as the strategic management of the Digital and Consumer Products divisions and worked to align development and co-production partners to finance the production of new properties. Previously, Claudia was SVP/Group Director Broadcast, Americas and EMEA at HIT Entertainment (owned by Mattel since 2012). Prior to joining HIT in 2006, Claudia was the Head of Formats and Head of Southern European Distribution at BBC Worldwide, based in London.
About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 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 Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Universal Kids /Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/ Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Universal Kids). Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The Company is currently in production on the upcoming Netflix original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Projects in development include the highly anticipated film Fraggle Rock.
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 brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show, and its feature The Happytime Murders, starring Melissa McCarthy, was released this summer.
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