Lisa Henson

Recipient, Character Creation, 2010


The Jim Henson Company is a privately-owned company run by the adult children of Founder Jim Henson. They continue to produce television, film and media projects introducing new characters as well as grow the legacy brands including “The Dark Crystal,” “Labyrinth,” Fraggle Rock” and “Farscape.”

The Jim Henson Company was the original creator of some of the world’s most popular characters featured on both, “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street”. The Muppets, including Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and Kermit the Frog, are now owned and controlled by The Walt Disney Company as a result of a 2004 acquisition agreement. The Sesame Street Muppets, which include Elmo, Grover and Big Bird among others, are owned and controlled by Sesame Workshop, the producers of “Sesame Street.” Jim Henson’s Creature Shop continues to build the puppets used on Sesame Street, but the Company is not involved in the development, production or business of that brand.

Accepting the award is Lisa Henson, Chief Executive Officer of the The Jim Henson Company where she oversees all television and feature film production from early development through post-production.

Henson serves as executive producer of “Sid the Science Kid,” and the recently launched hit preschool series “Dinosaur Train” both of which are currently airing on PBS KIDS; “Pajanimals,” a short-form musical puppet series airing daily on Sprout. Other television credits include “Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” for ABC, the animated series “Frances” and the direct-to-DVD animated series “Unstable Fables,” a collection of feature-length irreverent retellings of popular fairy tales released by The Weinstein Company. She also produced “The Skrumps” an animated production featured exclusively at Yahoo! Kids. Henson has produced the files “Five Children and It,” “MirrorMask” and “Good Boy.” Features in current development include Edward Gorey’s “Doubtful Guest,” “Pinocchio,” “Happytime Murders” and the highly anticipated films “Power of the Dark Crystal” and “Fraggle Rock.”

As an independent producer; Ms. Henson produced feature films including “High Crimes” and “Zero Effect.” Prior to that, Henson was President of Columbia Pictures, in charge of all creative business affairs, administrative and production-related matters for the company. Before joining Columbia Pictures, Henson served 10 years as an executive at Warner Brothers working on such blockbusters as “Lethal Weapon” and “Batman.”

Henson graduated in 1983 with a degree in folklore and mythology from Harvard University, where she was the first female President of “The Harvard Lampoon.” She currently serves on the advisory boards of Innerkids, the Lab School at UCLA and MARC (the Mindful Awareness Center) at UCLA. She has previously served on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University, Tibet House and The Jim Henson Foundation For Puppetry.