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September 7, 2023

The Jim Henson Company Introduces Three New Preschool Series at MIPJunior and MIPCOM 2023

“Monster Jam,” “Wowsabout,” and “Dani Can Dance” Available for Key Partnerships in All Territories

Roxy the Hedgehog and Ronald the Piglet explore AWE in the new Jim Henson Company series “Wowsabout.” © The Jim Henson Company / © Sonia Altizer

Hollywood, CA (September 7, 2023):

The Jim Henson Company will be introducing three innovative, whimsical new preschool series at the upcoming MIPJunior and MIPCOM markets. Two CG animated series, Dani Can Dance and Monster Jam, along with the live action puppet series Wowsabout, will make their market debut seeking key commissioning and co-producing partners.

“The Jim Henson Company is arriving at MIPCOM with a full fresh slate of high-quality, forward-thinking, live action and animated series that global audiences deserve and expect from us. We are ready to identify the potential broadcasting partners for these new projects that are sure to remain Henson favorites for years to come,” said Kerry Novick, Vice President of Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company.

“Featuring hilarious adventuring animals, grooving monsters, and a talented girl who loves to dance, these three series are wildly different, but they all share the hallmark of the best Henson series: transformative, innovative television that meets the needs of today’s kids and families,” said Halle Stanford, President of Television for The Jim Henson Company. “These new series come from our top creators, and kids around the world will love meeting the new stars of these shows who can stand alongside the legendary characters we are best known for.”

 

Jim Henson’s Monster Jam (working title, CG animation)

Get ready to stomp and roar! Right here on the dance floor! At the grooviest, funkiest, most monstrous club around. Everyone is invited to the Monster Jam – a safe place for kids to express their big emotions through physical movement, creative expression, and by letting their inner monster out! Based on Jim Henson’s original character drawings, this show – created by John Tartaglia (Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, Splash and Bubbles) and Russell Hicks (Nickelodeon) – features characters brought to life by the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio.

 

Wowsabout (live action puppets)

Roxy the Hedgehog and Ronald the Piglet are on a walking-adventure to find the ‘Wows’ on this gorgeous planet they call home. Starring adorable new puppets from the award-winning Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the series – created by Halle Stanford (Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, Sid the Science Kid) and Dorien Davies (Word Party, Julie’s Greenroom) – will explore the emotion of AWE! Our heroes will experience the beauty of the northern lights, a hot air balloon festival, the magnificence of the world’s tallest building, and so much more!

 

Dani Can Dance (CG animation)

Follow Dani as she dances her way through the ups and downs of a young girl’s life in this imaginative ‘dance-ical’ family series designed for preschoolers. Dani can dance any style of dance with aspirational mastery, delivering joy and positivity along the way. From creator Alex Rockwell (Word Party, Norman Picklestripes), this series uses the Emmy-winning Henson Digital Puppetry Studio to authentically capture the nuanced movements of professional dancers. This series will inspire kids to get off the couch and dance along with Dani!

 

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 Oscar®-winning 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+. The Company is currently in post-production on a new reimagining of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Eva Longoria and Cheech Marin for Disney+. 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.

 

Contact:
Nicole Goldman
The Jim Henson Company
ngoldman@henson.com
323.802.1608