LOS ANGELES: The Jim Henson Company is continuing to build out its global distribution division, making several new appointments within the unit.
Andrew Thomas has been promoted from manager to director of global distribution for sales and marketing. Thomas will be focusing on TV sales worldwide and will support the company's clients in the TV, DVD and distribution sectors with marketing and promotional campaigns.
Several new hires have also been made for the team, including Karen Lee Arbeeny taking on the newly created post of executive director of business distribution. Cassie Shapiro becomes the director of global distribution and sales, while Adam Lucas takes on the role of distribution coordinator. All will report to Richard Goldsmith, the executive VP of global distribution, sales and marketing. Arbeeny also reports into the company's general counsel.
“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. 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,” said Goldsmith. “Additionally, as a result of The Jim Henson Company’s aggressive initiative to rollout our preschool properties to the international marketplace, we have been able to expand our team and its focus, generating new opportunities for our original productions, as well as for our HIP properties.”
By Kristin Brzoznowski