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Chris Lytton Appointed Chief Operating Officer of The Jim Henson Company (EXCLUSIVE)

The Jim Henson Company has appointed veteran exec and attorney Chris Lytton as chief operating officer and the newly-created position of executive vice president of strategy and business affairs.

“Chris comes to us with a deeply entrepreneurial background, making him uniquely suited to join the leadership of our independent Company,” said Lisa Henson, president and CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “His leadership skills and experience in developing strategic financial partnerships are certain to serve our new businesses as well as our core mission of entertaining families all around the world.”

Under the new title, Lytton will oversee the company’s business affairs, consumer products, and distribution. In addition, he will focus on “exploring new lines of business and joint ventures, including opportunities with China and other international markets,” according to the company.

“The Company has a respected tradition of celebrating innovation and authentic creativity, and you can feel that dynamism in the atmosphere across all its businesses and productions,” Lytton said. “For me, working with Lisa and Brian [Henson], and with their successful team, is an extraordinary opportunity.”

Before joining The Jim Henson Company, Lytton served as COO of Route One Entertainment, a media fund with credits that include “Free State of Jones” and “Tallulah.” He was also co-head and COO of Exclusive Media’s film production group, which was behind the films “Rush” and “Begin Again.”

The Jim Henson Company has produced children’s and family entertainment, inclduing puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation, for the last 60 years. Their recent credits include the Emmy-nominated series “Sid the Science Kid,” “Dinosaur Train,” and “Pajanimals.”

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