Hollywood, Calif., January 14, 2016 – The Jim Henson Company, an established leader in family entertainment for 60 years and recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation, has finalized a number of new agreements for a trio of preschool series—the multiple Daytime Emmy Award-nominated series Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals. The announcement was made today by Richard Goldsmith, Executive Vice President, Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company.
The Jim Henson Company has secured multiple deals for Dinosaur Train in key territories, including Europe where Buena Vista has acquired seasons three and four of the series for Disney Channel in Germany; Watchever GmbH has licensed season two for Austria, Germany and Switzerland; France’s cable and satellite provider Multithematiques has acquired season three; and Greece’s ERT has acquired season one. In Canada, season three of Dinosaur Train has been licensed to TFO (French Canada); and seasons three and four to Knowledge Network (British Columbia). In the Middle East and Africa, Dinosaur Train seasons one and two have been acquired by SIC for Angola & Mozambique; and Emirates Cable TV & Multimedia has acquired season three and four, and renewed season one. In Brazil, Swen Entretenimientos has acquired season one. Earlier this year, ABC Australia commenced broadcast of season one of Dinosaur Train.
In Asia, Sid the Science Kid season one has been licensed to Singapore’s Mediacorp; and to Nagase Brothers Inc. in Japan for its Educational Network. Emirates Cable TV & Multimedia has acquired SVOD rights to season two of the series for the United Arab Emirates, while also renewing season one; and Greece’s ERT has also acquired season one. In Latin America, TV Film International Inc. has picked up rights to season one for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
Finland’s MTV Oy has acquired Pajanimals, which has also been acquired by Greece’s ERT; RTB Brunei ; POD Worldwide for Thailand; Emirates Cable TV & Multimedia; and Swen Entretenimientos for Brazil.
“Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals are reaching evergreen status and have become a popular programming staple for many of our partners who continue to renew their agreements. They also continue to generate interest from new broadcast and digital partners worldwide—a true testament to the quality entertainment that The Jim Henson Company brings to every production we deliver to the marketplace,” commented Goldsmith.
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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