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As it looks to maximise business priorities within all of its platforms, both digital and physical, The Jim Henson Company has appointed Claudia Scott-Hansen to the role of senior vice president of global distribution.

Hansen scott 5Oct2018Scott-Hansen boasts over 20 years-experience in media rights distribution and global franchise development and since September 2015 has served as vice president, business development, at 9 Story Media Group. In that role, she led the company’s global partnerships, as well as the strategic management of the digital and consumer products divisions and worked to align development and co-production partners to finance the production of new properties. Previously, she was SVP/group director broadcast, Americas and EMEA at HIT Entertainment and prior to that head of formats and head of Southern European distribution at BBC Worldwide, based in London.

Reporting to COO and executive vice president of strategy and business affairs Chris Lytton, Scott-Hansen and her team will focus their efforts on licensing television, digital and DVD rights across the company’s classic and more recent offerings of children’s, fantasy and sci-fi programming.

Headlining the slate is the new Season 5 of Dinosaur Train which will air in the US on PBS Kids. Additional titles include Dot., the digital citizenship series for pre-schoolers about to debut its second season in the US. on Universal Kids and Hulu; the marine biology-themed animated series Splash and Bubbles, airing in the US on PBS Kids; Doozers, a Hulu original series featuring characters from the classic Henson series Fraggle Rock.

“Claudia has a rich knowledge of the media landscape and a deep understanding of the ever-changing opportunities for innovative content producers like The Jim Henson Company,” said Lytton commenting on the appointment. “Her expertise in the global market with both traditional and new outlets will be extremely valuable as we continue to reach international audiences with classic and contemporary award-winning programming Including educational, fantasy, and primetime genres.”