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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Press Release: The Jim Henson Company's Special Performances of 'Puppet Up!

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Brian Henson invites you to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Hollywood premiere of Puppet Up! – Uncensored, on Saturday, March 11th, 2017, at 6pm and 9pm. For the first time, the public is invited to attend this critically-acclaimed and internationally-renowned live stage show at The Jim Henson Company's historic Hollywood studio lot, providing an unforgettable and hilarious evening in a truly unique and treasured location.

Created by award-winning director, producer, Brian Henson ("Muppet Christmas Carol", "Muppet Treasure Island"), and actor, director, and improv expert Patrick Bristow ("Ellen," "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"), Puppet Up! – Uncensored promises to deliver a completely unique experience, expertly combining dynamic and spontaneous off-the-cuff comedy and outrageous story lines with the unmatched talent and creativity of Henson puppeteers. Puppet Up! – Uncensored is never exactly the same show twice. Guests may choose to interact with the show through real time suggestions or just sit back and enjoy the ever-changing antics presented on stage.

Over the years, the revolving cast of world-class puppeteers and over 80 unruly puppets have been entertaining audiences, selling out shows, and thrilling critics from coast to coast and around the world. In 2005, the show toured several international comedy festivals and finally in 2007, it premiered in Hollywood where it has since built an enthusiastic following.

"For the first time ever, we are giving our loyal Hollywood fans the opportunity to spend an evening on our historic lot while enjoying hilarious uncensored mayhem," said Brian Henson, show creator and Chairman of The Jim Henson Company.

General Admission tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting http://puppetup.tix.com or by calling 800.595.4849. Tickets are $60.00 and will be available for pick up at will call. A limited amount of VIP Parking on The Jim Henson Company lot is available for advance purchase only for $15.00. A full cash bar will be available an hour before the show, and the house opens for seating 20 minutes prior to show time. Puppet Up! – Uncensored is not recommended for ages 16 and under.

Visit us at www.puppetup.com or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @puppetup.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Muppets to Perform Live at the Hollywood Bowl This September

The Muppets are headed to the world famous Hollywood Bowl for a set of live performances this September.

Fireworks Finale: The Muppets Take the Bowl shows are slated for September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2017. The announcement was made by Miss Piggy in a YouTube video which you can watch below. 


More on this soon!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

The Jim Henson Company's "Julie’s Greenroom" Premieres March 17th

In "Julie's Greenroom", Julie Andrews stars as Ms. Julie, the director of the Wellspring Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Julie, along with her assistant Gus (played by Giullian Yao Gioiello), will bring the performing arts to a new generation of children with the help of the show’s kids, called Greenies, played by original puppets created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop. Over the course of the show, each episode will feature a different aspect of the performing arts – like music, dance, mime, voice, comedy, circus arts and more as the show’s children prepare their own original musical production.

The show promises a heavy lineup of celebrity guests to help teach the kids along the way. The trailer, which you can see below, includes stars like Sara Bareilles, Alec Baldwin, Idina Menzel, Carol Burnett, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt co-stars Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper.

Andrews said she’s delighted with the series, saying, “this project represents the fulfillment of a long held dream to educate children about the wonder of the arts. I am thrilled to be partnering with my daughter and long time coauthor, Emma, to bring this show to life along with our co-creator, Judy Rothman-RofÄ—. We could not be more honored to be working with the extraordinary Jim Henson Company. We are equally delighted to be premiering as a Netflix original production.”

13 half hour episodes of Julie’s Greenroom will premiere on Friday, March 17th on Netflix.

Sarah Maizes Named Kids Entertainment VP at The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has recruited 20-year children’s entertainment and publishing veteran Sarah Maizes into the newly created position of Vice President of Children’s Entertainment. The announcement was made Tuesday by Halle Stanford, EVP of Children’s Entertainment, to whom Maizes will report.

Maizes will focus on the production of all Jim Henson Co.’s preschool and children’s programming for TV, home entertainment and digital media, covering both animation and live-action productions.

An established entertainment development executive, Maizes most recently served as a production executive on Jim Henson Co.’s new preschool series Dot., airing now on Sprout. Maizes has also written several award-winning books for kids and parents, including On My Way to the Bath (Children’s Book Council’s Best Picture Book 2012) and On My Way to Bed (NYT Children’s Book Review Bookshelf “pick”). She has also written several non-fiction humor books, and is a regular parenting and lifestyle contributor to Today.com.

Maizes began her career as a literary agent at William Morris, representing kids’ book authors and illustrators and helping build the agency’s kids’ entertainment division. She move to LA in 1998 and became a development executive at Nelvana, KingWorld Animation and Mattel Entertainment. Maizes also traveled in comedy spheres, performing at Acme Comedy Theatre, Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and Stand Up NY.

“Sarah brings her rich entertainment experience and deep understanding of kids and parents to her new role at Henson,” said Stanford. “She has a truly authentic point-of-view as both a parent and a grown-up kid, that will give a hilarious, honest touch to her work here.”

MuppetsHenson Poll FINAL Results - The NEW "Pigs In Space" Segments & Other Possible NEW "Muppet Show" Sketches


What did you think of the second "Pigs In Space" episode, 'The Gravity of the Situation' which debuted December 16th, 2016 on The Muppets YouTube Channel?
EXCELLENT 64% (18)
VERY GOOD 29% (8)
FAIR 7% (2)
POOR 0% (0)
Total votes: 28

Which other sketch from "The Muppet Show" would you most like to see NEW episodes produced for The Muppets YouTube Channel?
Muppet Labs 15% (10)
Muppet News Flash 3% (2)
Muppet Sports 3% (2)
Veterinarian's Hospital 29%(19)
Swedish Chef 9% (6)
At The Dance 8% (5)
Dr Teeth & Electric Mayhem 9%(6)
Bear on Patrol 5% (3)
Gonzo's Stunts 5% (3)
Fozzie's Comedy Act 5% (3)
Rowlf at the Piano 6% (4)
other 5% (3)
Total votes: 66


Friday, February 03, 2017

Sneak Peak: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants #3 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants #3 (of 4)
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jared Cullum
Artist: Jared Cullum, Sonny Liew
Cover Artist: Jared Cullum
Price: $3.99
Available: February 8th, 2017
Synopsis: When Pru’s little brother Spoon goes missing, she’ll need the help of a forest spirit to save him from the lair of Ireland’s most fabled supernatural beings: the Fomorian Giants. Presented by Jared Cullum in gorgeous 
watercolor.








Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Sneak Peak: Archaia's 'Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Tales' Children's Book



From Nerdist

Back in the day, legendary puppeteer Jim Henson wasn’t only known for the kid-friendly Muppets, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock, but also for venturing into the world of high fantasy, with movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. The Dark Crystal in particular was ahead of its time when it was released in 1982, featuring no non-puppet performances at all, and a more mature and complex sensibility than previous Henson offerings, despite its PG rating. And family friendly or not, the vulture-like race called the Skeksis gave many a decent nightmare to kids back in the day, I can assure you.

The storyline of The Dark Crystal revolved around the elf-like “Gelfling” named Jen, who undertakes a quest to restore balance to his alien world of Thra by returning a lost shard to a powerful but broken gem. Although sequels were talked about for the film over the years, Henson’s untimely death in 1990 ended any movement on official continuations of the Dark Crystal for a long time. It was only recently that the unproduced screenplay for the sequel was announced as being adapted into a 12-issue comic book series The Power Of The Dark Crystal from Archaia, which is an imprint of BOOM! Studios.

In addition to the sequel maxi-series, the world of The Dark Crystal will also continue on in graphic novel form with the upcoming Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Tales. Writer and artist Cory Godbey, the acclaimed children’s book illustrator behind the best-selling Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales, now delves deep into the Skeksis-ruled land of Thra in this 8″ x 8″, 48 pages full color hardcover graphic novel. In one tale, when a little bird is hurt in a Skeksis net, Jen takes it to the Mystics for healing and learns how “every act of kindness grows like ripples in a lake.”

We have posted the undressed cover and a beautiful two-page, penciled spread from one of the short stories in the book, titled “Fizzgig’s Mighty Quest.” Both pieces are illustrated by Cory Godbey. Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Tales will hit July 26 in comic shops, August 1 in bookstores.