The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company is an American entertainment company. It started with Muppets, LLC. in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson. Henson is the creator of The Muppets. The Muppets helped the company become popular worldwide. They were well known in family entertainment for more than forty years.
|Formerly||Muppets, Inc. (1958–1976)|
Henson Associates, Inc. (1976–1990)
Jim Henson Productions, Inc. (1990–1998)
|Founded||November 20, 1958|
|Founders||Jim and Jane Henson|
|Headquarters||Jim Henson Company Lot, |
Los Angeles, California,
(President & CEO)
|Products||Puppetry, Animation, Computer graphics, Digital puppetry, Entertainment|
EM.TV & Merchandising AG
|Divisions||Jim Henson's Creature Shop|
Henson Recording Studios
In 1969, the company started making characters and more than 20 short movies for the popular children's show Sesame Street.
One of the company's first characters regularly on national television was Rowlf the Dog. He was first made for Purina Dog Chow commercials. He became famous when he became a regular character on The Jimmy Dean Show from 1963–66.
In 1976, British media mogul Lew Grade asked Jim Henson to make a weekly show based in England, which became The Muppet Show. The success of The Muppet Show led to many movies, specials, videos, and more.
In the early 1980s, Jim Henson also formed Jim Henson's Creature Shop. It made characters for shows such as The Storyteller, Farscape, and Dinosaurs; and movies such as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. It was also in the 1980s that Jim Henson produced new television series such as Fraggle Rock and The Jim Henson Hour.
In 1990, Jim Henson was talking to The Walt Disney Company about selling his company. Henson died during the week that he was going to sign the contract. His family decided to have the company keep the rights to the characters. However, on December 18, 1991, The Walt Disney Company bought the distribution rights to the entire Jim Henson Company library up to that time.
In 2000, Jim Henson’s children sold the company to the German media company, EM.TV. In January 1, 2001 they sold the Sesame Street Muppets to Sesame Workshop. In 2003 Henson's children bought back the company. In 2004, they sold the rights to The Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House characters to The Walt Disney Company. The Walt Disney Company now owns all Muppet-related trademarks, including the word “Muppet”.
Feature Films change
- The film's home media, TV, and digital distribution rights were purchased by The Jim Henson Company from ITC Entertainment in August 1984. The film rights were then acquired by Walt Disney Studios upon their parent company's acquisition of the Muppets franchise in 2004. Currently, Universal Pictures handles theatrical distribution—due to prior contractual obligations with the former Associated Film Distribution and ITC—but the film's ownership and copyright are controlled by Disney, with home media reissues of the film branded as a Walt Disney Pictures release.
- The film's home media, TV, and digital distribution rights were purchased by The Jim Henson Company from ITC Entertainment in August 1984. Currently, Universal Pictures handles theatrical distribution—due to prior contractual obligations with the former Associated Film Distribution and ITC.
- The film's home media, TV, and digital distribution rights were not purchased by The Jim Henson Company from Walt Disney Studios upon their parent company's acquisition of the Muppets franchise in February 2004.
- The Sesame Street Muppets only.
- After the Muppets' acquisition to Disney in 2005.
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- New York Times
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- Disney Corporate
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