The Jim Henson Co. has hired Jason Lust to serve as senior VP of its Feature Films division. Reporting to co-CEO Lisa Henson, Lust will oversee and expand the company’s animated and live-action film development slate by tapping library titles such as Labyrinth and Fraggle Rock, and acquiring children’s books, comics, video games and other existing properties.
Toon projects for Henson will either be produced through third-party studios or created internally using the company’s proprietary real-time animation technology known as HDPS (Henson Digital Performance System). The company currently has the feature animation project Let It Rain set up at Fox Studios, and Game Over at Warner Bros.
Lust founded the west coast operation of the management and production company Circle of Confusion, where he developed children’s books, graphic novels and video games into feature films. Among his accomplishments are setting up Outcast: The Unmagician at Universal, The Awful End at Warner Bros. and The Suffering at MTV Films.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Jim Henson Co. is best known as the birthplace of the world famous Muppets franchise, which is now owned by The Walt Disney Co. Henson still produces Muppet titles with Disney, including the recently aired ABC special, The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz. Other recent Henson productions include the Saturn Award-winning miniseries Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars and the features Five Children and It and MirrorMask. The company can be found on the web at www.henson.com.