The Leading Next Generation Studio Obtains North American Distribution
Rights To Some Of The Jim Henson Company's Most Popular and Iconic Titles
Including Fraggle Rock, Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas, and The Hoobs
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 10 /CNW/ -- The Jim Henson Company, a leader
in family entertainment for over 50 years, and LIONSGATE (NYSE: LGF), the
leading next generation studio, announced today that they have entered into a
multi-year home entertainment distribution agreement. Under the terms of the
arrangement, Lionsgate obtains the North American distribution rights to over
350 hours of content in The Jim Henson Company's extensive film and television
library including television series, television specials and catalog home
entertainment titles for DVD, EST and VOD channels. The first new titles
scheduled to be released are the much anticipated Fraggle Rock: The Complete
Final Season (Season 4) and Fraggle Rock: A Merry Fraggle Holiday in November
2009. The announcement was made by Anne Parducci, Lionsgate Executive Vice
President of Marketing and Family Entertainment and Peter Schube, President &
COO, The Jim Henson Company.
"The Jim Henson Company has an incredibly rich legacy of properties. The
Company's works are beloved by fans both old and young and we relish the
opportunity to be able to bring properties like Fraggle Rock and Emmet Otter
into the home," said Parducci. "Adding The Jim Henson Company name to our
extensive family library is a major coup for us. We look forward to a long and
"Lionsgate has already proven itself to be a terrific distributor of
favorites like 'Fraggle Rock' and 'Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas,'
demonstrating the creativity and care these titles deserve and our fans
expect," said Schube. "We are looking forward to collaborating with them to
release more classic titles as well as to introduce lesser-known gems from the
Company's library to our audience."
The deal with The Jim Henson Company continues to build on Lionsgate's
tremendous success distributing product from some of the most prominent family
brands in the marketplace. Currently the second largest distributor in the
children's non-theatrical home entertainment category with a 17.6% market
share, Lionsgate releases to DVD a virtual who's-who in family entertainment
brands, including Speed Racer and Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Marvel(TM)
Animated Features, Wolverine & the X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Scholastic's Clifford the Big Red Dog, American Greetings' The Care Bears, HIT
Entertainment's Thomas & Friends(TM), Bob the Builder(TM), Barney(TM),
Angelina Ballerina(TM), MGA Entertainment's ever-popular Little Tikes brand,
Cookie Jar Entertainment's The Doodlebops, Nelvana's Miss Spider's Sunny Patch
Friends, and educational entertainment from LeapFrog Enterprises.
For The Jim Henson Company, the agreement is part of its current strategy
to establish new brands like the recent preschool hits "Sid the Science Kid"
and the upcoming "Dinosaur Train," as well as to relaunch existing library
titles with strong partners across all platforms and media, as seen with the
development of the upcoming "Fraggle Rock" and "Power of the Dark Crystal"
features and "Farscape" webisodes.
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong
and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion
pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a
strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast
network series, distribution and syndication of programming through
Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH
Entertainment and an array of channel platform assets. Its feature film
business achieved a record box office performance in the recent January-March
2009 quarter, driven by the success of "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail," "My
Bloody Valentine 3-D" and "The Haunting In Connecticut." The Company's home
entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and leads the
industry in its box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles
a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and
television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves
as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The
Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the world.
ABOUT THE JIM HENSON COMPANY
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family
entertainment for over 50 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 "Sid the Science Kid", and "Pajanimals".
Features include "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable
Fables." Television productions include "Fraggle Rock" and the sci-fi cult
series "Farscape." 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.
Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim
Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop(TM), a
pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international
film, television 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 is currently in production on 40 episodes of "Dinosaur
Train," an animated preschool series teaching concepts of natural science and
history, set to debut on PBS KIDS in fall 2009. The Company's Henson
Alternative brand continues to produce "Puppet Up! - Uncensored," a live
puppet improvisational show that runs monthly at the Avalon Hollywood. The
Company has also announced the creation of Jim Henson Designs, a merchandise
collection inspired by Jim Henson's earliest sketches, and The Jim Henson
Company: Discoveries, an acquisitions banner that celebrates outstanding third
party produced independent film, television and video productions from around
the globe embodying the Company's enduring legacy. www.henson.com
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