NEW YORK – The Jim Henson Company and Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (GV), a leading distributor of entertainment and lifestyle media, have announced a new multi-year distribution agreement that will provide GV with exclusive physical and digital home video distribution rights to a number of classic Henson family properties in the U.S. as well as digital distribution in Canada.
To kick off the relationship, Gaiam Vivendi will issue exclusive new DVDs of “Fraggle Rock” in 2013 as part of the year-long 30th anniversary celebration of this beloved series, featuring all-new bonus materials, packaging, and more. Additionally, GV will re-release an array of Henson family titles such as “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas,” “The Hoobs” and “Animal Show with Stinky and Jake,” along with new productions including the highly anticipated Fraggle Rock spin-off for preschoolers “Doozers.” GV will also make available previously unreleased Henson series such as the BAFTA-winning “Construction Site.”
Gaiam Vivendi will also roll out the iconic Henson catalog across its broad range of digital partners starting in December 2012, allowing millions of fans to experience all their favorite Henson titles and discover new properties as well via their platform of choice.
“Our partnership with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment ensures that Henson entertainment titles will receive the broad distribution they deserve, acquainting the next generation of our fans with the characters and innovative storytelling that has been synonymous with The Jim Henson Company for over 50 years,” said Richard Goldsmith, EVP of Global Distribution for The Jim Henson Company.
“The Jim Henson Company is an extraordinary company that continues to appeal to generation after generation with its unique family programming,” said Bill Sondheim, President of Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment. “We will leverage our broad physical and digital distribution reach to ensure that new generations are able to enjoy Henson properties in years to come. This acquisition is an affirmation of our recent acquisition of Vivendi and focus on becoming the leading independent in non-theatrical branded entertainment.”
About Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment (Nasdaq: GAIA) is a leading producer, distributor and marketer of entertainment and lifestyle media. With a diversified distribution network that spans more than 60,000 retail doors as well as an extensive digital platform, the company dominates the health and fitness category and ranks among the top three providers of non-theatrical programming. With content focused on film, fitness, sports and family programming, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment provides sales, marketing and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry's most prestigious brands, including Discovery Communications, Jillian Michaels, NFL Films, National Geographic, Marvel Animation, Shout Factory, Televisa, and World Wrestling Entertainment.
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 the Emmy® nominated "Sid the Science Kid," "Dinosaur Train," "Wilson & Ditch: Digging America" and "Pajanimals." Features include "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable Fables" and 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™, 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's Henson Alternative brand has recently launched the national tour of "Stuffed and Unstrung," a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 "Best Stage Shows of 2010" by Entertainment Weekly. www.henson.com; www.facebook.com/hensoncompany; www.twitter.com/hensonparents