Kermit & Co expands with Henson hires

Michelle Clancy | 17-01-2013

Is a personal assistant for Miss Piggy in the works? The Jim Henson Company has expanded its personnel base in the wake of the increasing success of its children's properties.

The Jim Henson Co's global distribution division has promoted Andrew Thomas to director of global distribution of sales and marketing. It also has appointed Karen Lee Arbeeny to the newly formed position of executive director of distribution business affairs, Casie Shapiro as director of global distribution for sales and Adam Lucas as the distribution coordinator.

The hiring is thanks to the increasing worldwide success of Henson's children's properties, including Dinosaur Train, Pajanimals and Sid the Science Kid, and the expansion of its third party licensing and distribution label, Henson Independent Properties (HIP), which includes the hit Annoying Orange.

"Over the last several years, we have built a distribution business that services clients in over 200 countries on multiple media platforms around the globe," said Richard Goldsmith, executive vice president of global distribution for the Jim Henson Co. "We are now distributing other companies' series internationally under our HIP banner, and we continue to build relationships with programmers spanning traditional broadcast, DVD, digital, online and mobile."

In his new role, Thomas will focus on television sales worldwide and will support the company's clients in the TV, DVD and distribution sectors by devising marketing and promotional campaigns. Thomas has been with The Jim Henson Company for nearly three years, working on a variety of distribution-related sales and marketing initiatives.