The Jim Henson Co. has appointed Jamie Kershaw VP of business and legal affairs. Reporting to company president and COO Peter Schube, Kershaw is responsible for the business and legal affairs of all U.S. film, television and ancillary businesses.
Prior to joining the company, Kershaw worked as a business affairs and production attorney at DreamWorks SKG, where he worked on NBC primetime animated comedy series, Father of the Pride, and such films as The Terminal, and House of Sand and Fog. Earlier in his career, he served as VP of business and legal affairs at Fine Line Features.
Kershaw is a former board member and co-president of the board for Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and studied at the University of Jordan under a Fulbright Scholarship before going on to attend Stanford Law School.
The Jim Henson Co., which last year sold the rights to its signature Muppets franchise to Disney, is dedicated to expanding its 3D animation capabilities as it continues to provide puppetry and state-of-the-art animatronics for film and television productions such as its brilliant-but-canceled, Emmy-nominated SCI-FI Channel series, Farscape. The Los Angeles-based company has received nearly 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammys. Recent projects include the family film Good Boy! and the features Five Children and It and MirrorMask. In post-production are the preschool series Frances and the television feature Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. More information on the company can be found at www.henson.com.