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May 12, 1995 | CLAUDIA ELLER and CHUCK PHILIPS
Sony Pictures Entertainment is closing in on a deal with Jim Henson Productions to develop, produce and distribute motion pictures specifically aimed at the family market, according to knowledgeable sources. The agreement--which would cover feature films only--is being finalized and is not expected to be consummated for at least several weeks.
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December 28, 2007 | Bridget Byrne, For The Associated Press
BOREHAMWOOD, England -- Dressed in his red cape and carrot-logo T-shirt, "Bunnytown's" Super Bunny soars skyward above his brightly colored homeland. "Li'l Bad Bunny's fast, but he's forgotten one thing: I can fly faster!" he exclaims. Yet Super Bunny's rapid ascent didn't quite coordinate with a camera movement, so his flying feat needed to be performed again and again, until everyone on the set at Elstree Studios in this London suburb was satisfied.
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BUSINESS
December 14, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Muppets will not be moving to Disneyland after all. Jim Henson Productions and Walt Disney Co. on Thursday jointly announced that negotiations over a proposed $150-million sale of the Muppet characters to Disney had collapsed. Both sides declined to elaborate. But sources close to the talks said tensions have gradually escalated since the deal was unveiled 18 months ago.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2003 | Richard Verrier
German media company EM.TV said it scrapped an agreement to sell a half-stake in the Jim Henson Co. to a group headed by media entrepreneur Dean Valentine, raising the possibility that other potential suitors, including Walt Disney Co., could make a run for the creator of Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog. EM.TV said the decision was mutual but did not elaborate.
BUSINESS
July 21, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Muppet Makers Enter Interactive Business: Jim Henson Productions is developing interactive computer games based on the popular puppet characters and new ones, the company said. Henson Productions will join forces with Starwave Corp., founded in 1993 by Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft Corp. and owner of the Portland Trail Blazers. The new partnership, Jim Henson Interactive, expects to release its first CD-ROM in 1995.
BUSINESS
September 19, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Henson Forms Record Label: Jim Henson Productions announced the formation of a new record label and appointed Robert Kraft, vice president of music, to head the new company. Jim Henson Records will be the first public release of the complete collection of award-winning songs from "The Muppet Show," "Muppet Babies" and "Fraggle Rock," as well as its television and film productions. The label is being licensed to Bertelsmann Music Group under a five-year agreement for worldwide distribution.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Spam Challenge Rejected: U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled that Hormel Foods Corp. is being a bit piggy about its Spam trademark and said that Jim Henson Productions can go ahead with promotional plans for the wild boar Muppet character, Spa'am. Wood said Spa'am does not infringe on the Spam trademark and that the evil pig puppet can make his long-awaited appearance in the upcoming "Muppet Treasure Island" movie to be released in February.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Henson Heads for Homes: Brian Henson, president of Jim Henson Productions, said Wednesday that Jim Henson Home Video has been formed to market several hundred hours of TV shows from the Henson library, most of them new to video, featuring such characters as Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Henson Video also will release original made-for-video programs as well as Henson's feature films. The announcement was made jointly with Buena Vista Home Video--a division of the Walt Disney Co.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1995 | From Reuters
The makers of Spam canned lunch meat have taken umbrage at Spa'am, an unsavory wild pig who portrays "evil in porcine form" in a new Muppet movie. Hormel Foods Corp., which makes Spam, has sued Jim Henson Productions in Manhattan federal court, alleging that the film company "tarnished" its trademark and "falsely disparaged" Spam products.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 1990 | From Associated Press
Puppeteer Jim Henson talked to his cousin, a doctor, but seemed to have only a cold and did not have an actual medical exam during a visit to North Carolina the weekend before he died, his mother says. The 53-year-old Henson, the creator of the Muppets, died of complications from pneumonia in New York on Wednesday, three days after returning from a Mother's Day trip to Ahoskie. A memorial service was set for Monday. Henson had requested that no one wear black. Dr. David M.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2002 | Richard Verrier, Times Staff Writer
Once again, Mickey Mouse may try to bring Miss Piggy and her fellow Muppet friends into the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney Co. is considering whether to make an offer to buy Jim Henson Co., creator of Muppet characters Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, sources close to the matter said Thursday. It's unclear what Disney would be willing to pay Henson Co.'s parent company, financially strapped EM.TV & Merchandising.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2001 | Bloomberg News
EM.TV & Merchandising hired Allen & Co., a U.S. investment bank that specializes in media transactions, to help it find a buyer for Jim Henson Co., the creator of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. EM.TV, which bought Jim Henson a year ago for $680 million, hired the New York-based bank Wednesday, said spokeswoman Marion Moormann. EM.TV plans to hold on to the European merchandising rights of the Muppets as it tries to turn around the business. EM.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Henson Co., home to such popular family entertainment franchises as the Muppets and the "Bear in the Big Blue House" television show, has agreed to be sold for $680 million in cash and stock to Germany's EM.TV & Merchandising, the companies announced Monday. EM, a fast-growing publicly held media company based in Unterfohring, Germany, has been looking to enter the U.S. market and has been seeking sources of children's programming for its channels overseas.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2000 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and CLAUDIA ELLER
Jim Henson Co., home to such popular family franchises as "The Muppets" and "Bear in the Big Blue House," is in talks to sell part or all of its family entertainment business to Germany's EM. TV & Merchandising, according to industry sources. EM, a fast-growing publicly held media company based in Munich, acknowledged last month that it was close to making a U.S. acquisition but declined to divulge the company's identity.
BUSINESS
October 9, 1999 | Associated Press
An Orange County couple has sued the Jim Henson Co. for $250 million, accusing the Muppet makers of stealing their ideas and using them in a number of best-selling children's books. The copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, alleges Henson stole the idea for a character called "Nicky Moonbeam" who would comfort children afraid of the dark.
BUSINESS
October 23, 1998 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a Muppets 3-D movie invades Walt Disney Co.'s Anaheim theme park turf in 2001, don't expect Miss Piggy and Gonzo to hang out much with Mickey and his familiar gang. Proprietary characters from Barney the dinosaur to Woody Woodpecker are guarded jealously by their owners. And in the case of Muppets owner Jim Henson Co., the conditions for their use can be extraordinary. Does the idea of Kermit the Frog appearing with Snow White seem innocuous?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 2007 | Bridget Byrne, For The Associated Press
BOREHAMWOOD, England -- Dressed in his red cape and carrot-logo T-shirt, "Bunnytown's" Super Bunny soars skyward above his brightly colored homeland. "Li'l Bad Bunny's fast, but he's forgotten one thing: I can fly faster!" he exclaims. Yet Super Bunny's rapid ascent didn't quite coordinate with a camera movement, so his flying feat needed to be performed again and again, until everyone on the set at Elstree Studios in this London suburb was satisfied.
BUSINESS
September 23, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Spam Challenge Rejected: U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood ruled that Hormel Foods Corp. is being a bit piggy about its Spam trademark and said that Jim Henson Productions can go ahead with promotional plans for the wild boar Muppet character, Spa'am. Wood said Spa'am does not infringe on the Spam trademark and that the evil pig puppet can make his long-awaited appearance in the upcoming "Muppet Treasure Island" movie to be released in February.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1995 | From Reuters
The makers of Spam canned lunch meat have taken umbrage at Spa'am, an unsavory wild pig who portrays "evil in porcine form" in a new Muppet movie. Hormel Foods Corp., which makes Spam, has sued Jim Henson Productions in Manhattan federal court, alleging that the film company "tarnished" its trademark and "falsely disparaged" Spam products.
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