Longtime Henson executive Halle Stanford has been promoted to President of Television for The Jim Henson Company. The announcement was made today by Lisa Henson, CEO, to whom she reports. In Stanford’s expanded role, she will now add primetime development and production to her current responsibilities of overseeing the Company’s award-winning work in kids’ entertainment. She will especially focus on the newly announced deal with UTA to build partnerships, expand the Company’s talent base, and grow the primetime slate of productions.
“Halle has remained an integral part of the Company, especially spearheading our efforts in the last 10 years to create innovative, powerful content that engages kids and families around the world,” said Henson. “She has built a home here for exceptional talent to thrive and has demonstrated again and again her ability to connect excellent storytelling and memorable characters with her target audience. Looking ahead, as we move our focus to primetime television, she will lead the charge with her creative passion and strong partnerships with the industry’s top talent.”
Stanford is currently executive producing the upcoming Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. A nine-time Emmy-nominated children’s television producer, she also currently executive produces eight series that air across traditional and new media platforms, with credits including Word Party and Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix); Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid and Splash and Bubbles (PBS); Dot. and Pajanimals (Universal Kids); Doozers (Hulu), with many more high-profile projects in development around the world. Stanford joined The Jim Henson Company in 1993.