Henson inks new broadcast deals for classics
The Jim Henson Company has a slate of international broadcast license agreements for the company’s 1980s live-action fantasy feature films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal, as well as its science fiction series Farscape.
The Dark Crystal touted as the first-ever all puppet, full-length feature film, has been licensed in the US to premium cable network Showtime, HD Net and Netflix; as well as to Spain’s SelectaVision; public broadcast network Ceske Televis in the Czech Republic; New Zealand’s pay television service Sky TV; Bolivia’s commercial broadcast network Red Uno and South Africa’s pay television network TopTV. With 2012 marking the 30th anniversary of the film, The Jim Henson Company is in development on a sequel.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary last year, the enduring fantasy Labyrinth, co-produced Lucasfilm, and which stars David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, has been licensed in the U.S. to Showtime, HD and Netflix; Spain’s Selectavision, New Zealand’s Sky TV; Russia’s private free-to-air broadcaster TV-3; Hungary’s cable/digital network MTV; public broadcaster HRT (Hvratska Radiotelevizija) inCroatia; satellite network Viasat for airing in Estonia and Latvia and Red Uno in Bolivia.
Fusing live-action, state-of-the-art puppetry, prosthetics and CGI animation, Farscape, the award-winning sci-fi series has been licensed in the U.S. to Netflix; pay TV network AXN for Central Europe; Italy’s public broadcaster RAI; Spain’s Selectavision; Russia’s TV3; Viasat in Estonia and Latvia; public broadcaster Seychelles Broadcasting, South Africa’s TopTV, and FX in the UK. The series has also been licensed to Digital Access Russia as part of its internet and mobile subscription video-on-demand offer. Following its US HD Blu-ray release in the US the series will be available to broadcasters for the first time in HD.
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