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Jim Henson adds 9 Story, Mattel alum

The Jim Henson Company (TJHC) has appointed an exec from 9 Story Media Group as senior VP of global distribution.

Claudia Balzer Scott-Hansen

Claudia Balzer Scott-Hansen has joined TJHC to lead global sales of the company’s titles across all platforms and genres, reporting to Chris Lytton, TJHC’s chief operating officer and executive VP of strategy and business affairs.

TJHC’s distribution team also includes veteran Henson executive Anna Moorefield, VP of global distribution, and covers a slate that includes children’s, fantasy and sci-fi programming.

Scott-Hansen joined 9 Story Media Group in September 2015 having previously served as senior VP and group director of broadcast for the Americas and EMEA at Mattel-owned Hit Entertainment.

Prior to joining Hit in 2006, Scott-Hansen was head of formats and head of Southern European distribution at BBC Worldwide in London. She also worked for two years at the BBC’s Natural History Unit, responsible for European coproductions.

Scott-Hansen will attend MipJunior and Mipcom later this month shopping new seasons of TJHC shows such as Dinosaur Train and Fraggle Rock, as well as digital citizenship preschool series Dot and Hulu original series Doozers.

TJHC’s executive VP of global distribution, Richard Goldsmith, left the company at the end of 2016 to join French children’s producer and distributor Cyber Group Studios first North American subsidiary in LA.

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