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      Lisa Henson

      Lisa Henson

      Highest Rated: 96% Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 23% The Happytime Murders (2018)

      Birthday: May 9, 1960

      Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, USA

      The daughter of legendary puppeteer Jim Henson, Lisa Henson established herself as a production executive and studio president before joining her siblings at the Jim Henson Company to oversee its vast library of new and classic animated and live-action films and television series. Born Lisa Marie Henson on May 9, 1960 in Westchester County, New York, she was the eldest of four children by Muppets creator Jim Henson and his wife, fellow puppeteer Jane Henson. Though she and her siblings - brother Brian and John Henson and sister Cheryl and Jane Henson - would all eventually find their way to working with puppets in films and television, Lisa initially decided, while still in high school, to follow a career that was involved in mathematics. But in her freshman year at Harvard University, Henson's interest in math foundered, and was soon replaced by a major in folklore and mythology. Despite the rigors of her studies, Henson also found time to become the first female president of the school's famed humor magazine, Harvard Lampoon. Her status earned coverage in national magazines, which led to an offer to join Warner Bros. as a junior executive. Henson worked her way up the entertainment industry ladder, moving from production executive to executive vice president at Warner, which produced "Lethal Weapon" and "Batman" during her tenure, and then three years as Columbia as president of production, where she oversaw such critical and box office hits as Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995). Four years later, she joined The Jim Henson Company as its CEO, and with siblings Brian, Jane and Cheryl, who were serving as company chairman, a member of its Board of Directors and president of the Jim Henson Foundation, respectively, oversaw a slew of critically acclaimed animated and live-action series that captivated young and adult audiences alike. Among the company's output during her tenure were such pres-school-minded PBS series as the Emmy-nominated "Sid the Science Kid" (2008-2013) and "Dinosaur Train" (2009- ), the CBC's "Dot." (2016- ), and the Netflix series "Julie's Greenroom" (2017), which starred actress Julie Andrews. For older children, Henson produced the computer-animated "Unstable Fables" (2008), which put a humorous spin on classic fables, as well as "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" (ABC, 2005), and the 2014 live-action comedy "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner. And for parents, Henson issued through the company's Henson Alternative imprint such series as "Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" (SyFy, 2014), the comedic talk show "No, You Shut Up!" (Fusion TV, 2014-2017) and "The Happytime Murders" (2018), a mix of rude live-action comedy and puppetry starring Melissa McCarthy and directed by Brian Henson. She also kept many of the properties launched during her father's lifetime in the spotlight: these included "Doozers" (Hulu, 2012- ), an animated series featuring the tiny, industrious creatures from "Fraggle Rock" (CBC/ITV/HBO, 1983-1987), a Netflix series, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" (2019- ) inspired by the 1982 feature "The Dark Crystal," as well as a sequel to that film titled "The Power of the Dark Crystal" and a sequel to the cult favorite "Labyrinth." Between these efforts, Henson also teamed with Guillermo del Toro for an adaptation of "Pinocchio" (2021).

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      ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE HORRIBLE NO GOOD VERY BAD DAY, from left: producer Lisa Henson, Jennifer Garner, on set, 2014. ph: Dale Robinette/©Walt Disney

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      81% 62% The Portable Door Executive Producer - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Road Trip Producer - 2023
      96% 90% Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Producer - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Train: Adventure Island Executive Producer - 2021
      23% 40% The Happytime Murders Executive Producer $20.7M 2018
      43% 70% The Star Executive Producer $40.4M 2017
      60% 43% Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow Producer - 2015
      62% 58% Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Producer $67.0M 2014
      No Score Yet 33% Sid the Science Kid: The Movie Executive Producer - 2013
      56% 44% The Kreutzer Sonata Executive Producer - 2008
      No Score Yet 38% Unstable Fables: The Goldilocks and the 3 Bears Show Producer - 2008
      54% 80% Mirrormask Executive Producer $865.0K 2005
      30% 36% The Muppets' Wizard of Oz Executive Producer - 2005
      63% 42% Five Children and It Producer - 2004
      44% 40% Good Boy! Producer $37.6M 2003
      30% 50% High Crimes Executive Producer $41.5M 2002
      34% 38% The Weight of Water Executive Producer $102.6K 2000
      66% 76% Zero Effect Producer $2.0M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Run, Run Children (Character) - 1965

      TV

      Credit
      100% 79% Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock Executive Producer 2022 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harriet the Spy Executive Producer 2021-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time Executive Producer 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Train Executive Producer 2010 2013 2020
      89% 94% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Executive Producer 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Train Executive Producer 2009-2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Julie's Greenroom Executive Producer 2017
      90% No Score Yet Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge Executive Producer 2014