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Wendel Mans Cinar’s Front

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Looking for Sam Wendel, Telefilm Canada’s former man in L.A.? He’s right where he has been for more than a decade – in Beverly Hills. In fact, Wendel is in the same building and office, sitting at…

Taking Kermit global

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It’s been 15 years since the last “Muppet Show” was produced. But Angus Fletcher, the Creature Shop’s VP in charge of international development and co-production, says he’s “yet to meet anyone…

MUPPETS MAKE MOVIES

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Kermit the Frog wants Mickey Mouse to put up his paws. Jim Henson Pictures, the spanking new film division of the wildly successful Jim Henson Prods., has set up its exclusive shingle with Sony…

EMPIRE OF THE IMAGINATION

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It is an empire built on a discarded old coat and a ping-pong ball, providing for this high-tech era a lasting reminder of the ultimate power of a boundless imagination and singular passion. Today…

EATING ITO CROW

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I dropped a humorous item in my Dish column in Daily Variety Dec. 7 that I might come to regret. It was a description of a holiday card from O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito that depicted him with…

On a ‘Treasure’ quest

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Both the method and madness behind taking a literary classic and Muppetizing it into a feature worked well once, so why not a second time? Slated for a February release through Disney, “Muppet…

LEGAL EAGLE

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It’s not easy being Miss Piggy’s attorney, but someone’s got to do it. Enter Peter Schube, who in addition to being VP of business and legal affairs for Jim Henson Prods., is general counsel for the…

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