Thanks to the recent success of its many animated and puppet TV properties such as Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and Pajanimals, The Doozers and third-party properties such as The Annoying Orange, The Jim Henson Company’s global distribution division is expanding its business and its team. Richard Goldsmith, exec VP of global distribution announced the promotion of Andrew Thomas to director of global distribution, sales and marketing, and the appointments of Karen Lee Arbeeny to the newly formed position of exec. director, distribution business affairs; Casie Shapiro as director, global distribution, sales, and Adam Lucas as the distribution coordinator. They will all report to Goldsmith. Arbeeny will also report to the company’s general counsel.
“Over the last several years, we have built a distribution business that services clients in over 200 countries on multiple media platforms around the globe. We are now distributing other companies’ series internationally under our HIP banner, and we continue to build relationships with programmers spanning traditional broadcast, DVD, digital, online and mobile,” said Goldsmith. “Additionally, as a result of The Jim Henson Company’s aggressive initiative to rollout our preschool properties to the international marketplace, we have been able to expand our team and its focus, generating new opportunities for our original productions, as well as for our HIP properties.”
For more info, visit www.henson.com.