Shout! Studios Re-Releasing ‘Labyrinth,’ ‘Dark Crystal’ Digitally Feb. 6

Shout! Studios will present the films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal for digital purchase and rental starting Feb. 6 as part of its collaboration with The Jim Henson Company.

They will be available via Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Redbox Digital, Vudu, Microsoft and other digital platforms.

In 1982’s The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, the Gelfling Jen, the last of his kind, is sent on a quest by the peaceful Mystics to find the missing shard that will restore balance and heal the faraway planet of Thra, where evil Skeksis are in control.

In 1986’s Labyrinth, directed by Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) must navigate the maze of the Goblin King Jareth (David Bowie) to rescue her baby brother.

The films were previously available through digital retailers and Movies Anywhere from Sony Pictures. The Shout! Studios rebranding will include new digital key art and trailers. Shout! will also offer both films together in a digital bundle on select platforms for the first time.

Apple iTunes will offer legacy bonus materials with each film. Dark Crystal includes commentary with artist and conceptual designer Brian Froud; the featurettes “The World of The Dark Crystal,” “The Myth, Magic and the Henson Legacy,” “Light on the Path of Creation” and “Shard of Illusion”; a storyboard track; the deleted funeral scene; original Skeksis language test scenes; and photo galleries.

Labyrinth includes commentary with Froud; the featurettes “Reordering Time: Looking Back on Labyrinth,” “The Henson Legacy,” “Remembering The Goblin King” and “Inside the Labyrinth”; an anniversary Q&A; and original theatrical trailer, teaser trailer and TV spots.

 

Tara Billik Joins The Jim Henson Company as VP of Feature Films

Tara Billik has joined The Jim Henson Company as VP of feature films, overseeing the development of the company’s fantasy, science-fiction, animated and family projects. Billik reports to CEO Lisa Henson.

Tara Billik (Jim Henson Company photo)

The Jim Henson Company’s most recent features include the Oscar-winning Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (Netflix), as well as The Portable Door for MGM+. Projects currently in development include Muppet Man with Disney, The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear (Netflix)and the Labyrinth sequel with Sony’s Columbia TriStar.

Billik most recently served as VP of film and TV at Mythical Entertainment and as VP of development and production at Gunpowder & Sky. She previously held creative development positions for producer Marianne Maddalena and Oscar winner Graham King’s GK Films. Billik began her career working for Wes Craven, and has worked on a myriad of productions including Hugo, The Tourist, The Rum Diary, The Town, Rango, The Hills Have Eyes 2, Edge of Darkness and more.

Billik hails from Michigan and holds a B.A. in film and video studies from The University of Michigan.

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Apple TV+ Debuts Trailer for ‘Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,’ Due Jan. 21

Apple TV+ released the trailer for “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” the reboot of the classic series “Fraggle Rock,” debuting on Apple TV+ Jan. 21.

The new 13-episode Apple Original series from the Jim Henson Company in association with New Regency follows last year’s Apple Original shorts “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!”

The new series follows Gobo, Red, Wembley, Mokey, Boober and new Fraggle friends on adventures about the magic that happens when we celebrate and care for our interconnected world.

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In addition to “Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock,” Apple’s growing partnership with the Jim Henson Company includes “Harriet the Spy,” the first animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel premiering Nov. 19; the “Fraggle Rock: Rock On!” shorts; the 88 episodes of the original “Fraggle Rock” series; and recently added bonus specials “Down at Fraggle Rock,” “Doozer Music” and “Fraggle Songs.”

 

Jim Henson Company Expands Role of Exec Anna Moorefield

The Jim Henson Company has expanded the responsibilities of long-time executive Anna Moorefield, VP of global distribution, to head all content distribution strategies for the company across all platforms.

Moorefield’s new scope of responsibilities include overseeing sales of all forms of media across TV, cable, home video and theatrical in all territories.

She reports to Chris Lytton, COO and EVP of strategy and business affairs.

Based at The Jim Henson Company headquarters in Hollywood, Calif., Moorefield oversees the distribution of current preschool hits such as “Dinosaur Train,” “Dot.,” “Doozers,” “Splash and Bubbles” and “Word Party,” as well as classics such as “Fraggle Rock” and “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.” Moorefield also manages the distribution of primetime fantasy/sci-fi properties, including Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, “The Storyteller” and “Farscape.”

Most recently, Moorefield was responsible for the launch of numerous Jim Henson Company classic and other properties on Prime Video. Through Amazon Prime Video Direct, a service that enables filmmakers and studios to reach Amazon’s global audience, she spearheaded the creation of a one-stop destination for viewers of Henson properties.

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“Anna joined us with a strong background in digital distribution, and her efforts have made a tremendous impact on our overall digital strategy, including the roll-out of new brands as well as re-introducing our revered catalog of classics to existing fans and new audiences,” said Lytton in a statement. “Anna is deeply passionate about our content, and her dedication and enthusiasm make her especially well-suited to take the reins of our global distribution business.”

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Before joining the Jim Henson Company in 2015, Moorefield served as an account manager for the international television and digital distribution team at Lionsgate. In addition to building partnerships with platforms such as Netflix, iTunes and Google Play, she also worked closely with her counterparts in linear and digital distribution to develop and execute broader sales strategies in the Latin American and Asian markets.