Eskenazi upped at Henson

Exec named sr. VP, will work with new parent co. EM.TV

HOLLYWOOD — Paul Eskenazi has been tapped senior veep, corporate development worldwide, for the Jim Henson Co., where he has been veep of strategic planning since 1998.

Eskenazi will oversee the integration efforts following the acquisition of the company by EM.TV & Merchandising. He will lead the company’s worldwide strategic planning, business development and international growth efforts.

He will be responsible for evaluating cross-divisional areas of growth and coordinate with the company’s interactive and film divisions to secure partners and business opportunities.

“With the acquisition by EM.TV & Merchandising, the Jim Henson Co. is positioned for rapid growth, which necessitates a senior exec of Paul’s caliber to spearhead many new initiatives that will transform our company,” said Charles H. Rivkin, prexy and chief exec officer.