Jim Henson Co. Restructures TV Dept.

As it works to increase its network and cable programming portfolio, The Jim Henson Co. has hired Eric Poticha as VP of television and Halle Stanford as head of children’s television. Both will report to Lisa Henson, who serves as co-CEO with brother Brian Henson.

Poticha will develop new comedy and drama series, miniseries and features for television, in addition to Muppet projects to be produced by Henson for The Walt Disney Co. He most recently served as VP of movies and miniseries at Fox Television Studios. Poticha originated the development of Muppets’ Wizard of Oz, a made-for-television feature from Touchstone Television and The Jim Henson Co., now in post-production.

Stanford will lead the company’s development and production of all animated and live-action preschool and children’s programming for both television and home video. She will also work closely with HIT Ent. on pre-school programming for the co-production agreement recently announced by the two companies. She returns to the Jim Henson Co. after successfully founding 7 Crows Stories, a children’s creative company responsible for consulting on Krypto and Baby Looney Toons, two upcoming animated preschool series for Warner Brothers Animation Studios. During her previous tenure at Henson, Stanford initiated the company’s acquisition and development of Frances, an animated preschool project currently in postproduction and featuring the company’s proprietary digital puppetry technology.