by Dave McNary
The Jim Henson Co. has promoted Blanca Lista to VP of feature film production to oversee the expanding film development slate for live action, animation and puppet features, Variety has learned exclusively.
Lista is leading the development for legacy projects such as “Fraggle Rock” and “Power of the Dark Crystal” as well as new projects including “The Portable Door” and the animated “Frog and Toad”; “Pinocchio,” to be co-directed by Guillermo Del Toro; and “Which Witch” with Billy Crystal starring, producing and writing.
“Blanca has greatly contributed to the expansion of our development slate,” said CEO Lisa Henson. “Her unique eye for innovative projects balanced with her deep respect for our legacy titles makes her an invaluable member of our team.”
Lista joined the company in 2009 as a story editor and served as a production executive on “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” for Disney. Prior to joining the company, she worked at Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment.