Los Angeles, CA (August 8, 2022) – The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in innovative and iconic entertainment, and Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, have announced a worldwide distribution deal to bring thirteen of Henson’s popular series and specials to streaming, broadcast, and home entertainment distribution platforms across all territories, including the global AVOD premiere of Henson’s award-winning Farscape. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s CEO Garson Foos, Jeffrey Peisch, Shout’s Senior Vice Present of Programming & New Business Development, and Kerry Novick, Vice President of Global Distribution at The Jim Henson Company.
In addition to the sci-fi classic Farscape and its follow-up mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, this multi-year distribution deal provides Shout! Factory and its streaming service Shout! Factory TV with all worldwide rights, including broadcast, streaming, on-demand, home entertainment, and non-theatrical rights to Jim Henson’s Emmy-winning fantasy anthologies The Storyteller, and The Storyteller: Greek Myths, as well as classics including Jim Henson’s World of Puppetry, Monster Maker, Lighthouse Island, Living With Dinosaurs, Dog City, and Ghost of Faffner Hall, as well as later productions like The Fearing Mind, Mopatop’s Shop, and Brats Of The Lost Nebula.
Shout! Factory in collaboration with The Jim Henson Company, will support these productions (individual programs and complete series) with a long-term growth strategy that entails streaming media initiatives, content syndication (digital, EST, VOD, and broadcast), and packaged media (Blu-ray™/DVD). Leveraging extensive access to archived content from The Jim Henson Company, Shout! Factory plans an aggressive rollout of the fan-favorite series Farscape on streaming, broadcast, transactional platforms, and packaged media. As excitement builds, Shout! Factory, Shout! Factory TV and The Jim Henson Company will announce additional activities and news.
“FAST Channels are the wave of the future in terms of getting your content front and center for both devoted fans and new audiences. Shout! Factory is one of the best in this business, and audiences will enjoy watching beloved Henson productions, like The Storyteller, as well as discovering new favorites through this partnership,” said Novick. “We’re especially excited for the global fans of Farscape to once again explore the uncharted territories with John Crichton and the crew of Moya in its long overdue premiere on AVOD.”
“The entire team at Shout is enthusiastic to be working with The Jim Henson Company on Farscape and other popular series,” said Jeffrey Peisch, Shout’s Senior Vice President of Programming & New Business Development. “The Jim Henson Company has produced some of the most acclaimed television programs of the last several decades; we are humbled and energized to be given the opportunity to make Henson programming available to the widest possible audience.”
About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained a leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation. Henson’s most recent television credits include Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock, Harriet the Spy and Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, all for Apple TV+, Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time for discovery+, Earth to Ned for Disney+, and the Emmy Award-winning Netflix Original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. The Company is currently in production on the Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio for Netflix and the feature film The Portable Door.
About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a leading multi-platform media company devoted to film and TV distribution, development, and production. Founded by Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, and Garson Foos in 2003, Shout! owns and manages a large portfolio of films, contemporary and classic TV series, animation, and documentaries. The company’s creative acquisition mandate has established it as a leading independent distributor, with partners and properties including GKIDS, Sesame Street, LAIKA Studios, The Carol Burnett Show, The Johnny Carson Show, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, ALF, ITV Studios, Major League Baseball Productions, and many others. Shout! Factory Kids focuses on live-action and animated kids and family properties as well as anime, and the company releases films and television shows in other genres under the Scream Factory and Shout Select imprints. Shout! develops, acquires and distributes new films via Shout! Studios, owns and operates libraries including Mystery Science Theater 3000 (in partnership with creator Joel Hodgson) and the Roger Corman New Horizons Pictures Library and operates the acclaimed streaming service Shout! Factory TV. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.
Tom Chen, Shout Factory
Nicole Goldman, The Jim Henson Company