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Billy Crystal Joins Henson Co.’s ‘Which Witch’ (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Billy Crystal has come on board The Jim Henson Co.’s animated movie project “Which Witch” as a writer, producer and star.

The company, as part of an expansion of its feature film slate, is aiming to start production early next year with Brian Henson directing and producing. Samantha Sprecher and Lisa Henson are also producing.

The move comes with Henson Co.’s live-action family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” opening Friday through Disney in the U.S. “Alexander” is expected to take in about $20 million in its opening weekend and contend for the top spot against the second weekend of “Gone Girl.”

CEO Lisa Henson told Variety that casting on “Which Witch” is underway with the company finalizing negotiations with a digital animation studio and a foreign financier for the project. The project is based on Eva Ibbotson’s 1979 book in which a »

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Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects

11 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Jim Henson Co. sits in the old Charlie Chaplin lot on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, with a giant Kermit the Frog perched at its entrance, even though the Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004. The corporation, run by the late Henson’s grown children, Lisa and Brian, with a staff of about 80 employees, focuses on an array of programming targeted to adults and children. “It’s a lot of different businesses,” says company CEO Lisa Henson, who served as president of Columbia Pictures during the 1990s.

“We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Disney having the Muppets,” Lisa adds. “It’s a good time to be taking stock. We’ve been really busy.”

Recent projects include a live-action movie of the popular 1972 children’s story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”; pre-school TV programming (including “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Henson Co. Busy With Wide-Ranging Slate of Film, TV and Theater Projects

11 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Jim Henson Co. sits in the old Charlie Chaplin lot on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood, with a giant Kermit the Frog perched at its entrance, even though the Muppets were sold to Disney in 2004. The corporation, run by the late Henson’s grown children, Lisa and Brian, with a staff of about 80 employees, focuses on an array of programming targeted to adults and children. “It’s a lot of different businesses,” says company CEO Lisa Henson, who served as president of Columbia Pictures during the 1990s.

“We’re coming up on the 10th anniversary of Disney having the Muppets,” Lisa adds. “It’s a good time to be taking stock. We’ve been really busy.”

Recent projects include a live-action movie of the popular 1972 children’s story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”; pre-school TV programming (including “Dinosaur Train” and “Sid the Science Kid »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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