Who owns the rights to what?

GelflingWaldo

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In the past few years, The Jim Henson Company split their properties between different companies. Sesame Workshop, The Jim Henson Company, The Walt Disney Company, and distribution rights to HIT! Entertainment. Many people have been wondering what falls where and who got what? If there would be a DVD/VHS release, re-airing, or merchandising of the productions/properties who would have to make the call? I have worked on gathering the facts and looking up a lot of information, and have compiled a list of who has what. Many people can tell you that Disney has the Muppets, and Henson (and HIT!) have the Fraggles, and Big Bird is all Sesame Workshop. But here I try to list all the productions and where they fall. If I have missed any productions (or you think I misplaced one – which I don’t think I did) please post the productions and owners of them.
 

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Muppet Film & Television Library
Owned by: The Muppet Holding Company (a division of The Walt Disney Company)

Television Series
Little Muppet Monsters
Muppet Babies
Muppets Tonight
Tales of the Tinkerdee
The Jim Henson Hour ("Miss Piggy's Hollywood" segment)
The Jim Henson Hour ("MuppetCentral / Intertube" segments)
The Jim Henson Hour ("Secrets of the Muppets" Muppet segments)
The Muppet Show

Films and Specials
A Muppet Family Christmas
Hey Cinderella!
It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
Jim Henson's Muppet-Vision 3-D
John Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together
John Denver and The Muppets: A Rocky Mountain Holiday
Kermit's Swamp Years
Mr. Willoby's Christmas Tree
Muppet Classic Theater
Muppet Meeting Films
Muppet Treasure Island
Muppets From Space
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of The Muppet Show
The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
The Frog Prince
The Great Muppet Caper
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Musicians of Bremen
The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
The Muppet Valentine Special
The Muppets at Walt Disney World
The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
The Muppets Go Hollywood
The Muppets Go To The Movies
The Muppets on Puppets
The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Muppets' Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Muppets-A Celebration of 30 Years
The Tale of the Bunny Picnic
 

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Jim Henson Family Showcase
Owned by: The Jim Henson Company
Distribution Rights: HIT! Entertainment (until 2009)

Television Series
Animal Jam
CityKids
Construction Site
Donna's Day
Family Rules
Fraggle Roc: Animated
Fraggle Rock
Jim Henson's Animal Show with Stinky and Jake
Jim Henson's Dog City
Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories
Mopatop's Shop
Telling Stories with Tomie dePaola
The Ghost of Faffner Hall
The Hoobs
The Jim Henson Hour ("Dog City" mini-movie)
The Jim Henson Hour ("Living With Dinosaurs" mini-movie)
The Jim Henson Hour ("Monster Maker" mini-movie)
The Jim Henson Hour ("Secrets of the Muppets" non-Muppet segments)
The Secret Life of Toys
The Wubbolous World of Dr. Seuss

Films and Specials
CityKids
Down at Fraggle Rock: Behind the Scenes
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
Good Boy!
Inside the Labyrinth
Jim Henson Presents: The World of International Puppetry
Labyrinth
The Christmas Toy
 

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Jim Henson Sci-Fi & Fantasy Library
Owned by: The Jim Henson Company

Television Series
Aliens in the Family
Brats of the Lost Nebula
Farscape
Jim Henson's The Storyteller
Jim Henson's The Storyteller - Greek Myths
The Fearing Mind

Films and Specials
Buddy
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Mirror Mask
Rat
The Cube
The Dark Crystal
The Witches
The World of The Dark Crystal
Time Piece
Youth '68
 

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Sesame Street Library
Owned by: Sesame Workshop

Television Series
Sesame Street
Play with me Sesame
Sesame Street: Unpaved
The Jim Henson Hour ("Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting" Episode)

Films and Specials
A Special Sesame Street Christmas
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!
Big Bird Brings Spring to Sesame Street
Big Bird in China
Big Bird in Japan
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
CinderElmo
Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Elmo Saves Christmas
Elmopalloza
Sesame Street in Puerto Rico
Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration
Sesame Street Presents Follow that Bird
Sesame Street Stays Up Late!
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
The Adventures of Super Grover
The Street We Live On: A Celebration of 30 Years
 

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Other Productions


Bear in the Big Blue House
Owned by: The Muppet Holding Company (a division of The Walt Disney Company)

Dinosaurs
Owned by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (a division of The Walt Disney Company)

Sam and Friends
Owned by: WRC-TV (owns productions, but the characters are not owned by WRC-TV)

The Great Santa Claus Switch
Owned by: Sofa Home Entertainment (The Ed Sullivan Show)
 

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Many TV shows, specials, and films have ties to other companies as well. These productions may need to be to be cleared by the other companies before use of them can take place in distribution of the actual productions (not the characters), for example “Follow that Bird” is also tied to the producing company at Waner Bros.; “Muppets From Space” is tied to Columbia Tri-Star; and Farscape is tied to the Sci-Fi channel; there are other “strings” attached to other productions (not all have them) but none of them should hinder any progress from happening with the production(s) if the owning company wants something to happen.


There are several specials, films or TV shows that blur the line between ownership. For example “The Christmas Toy” and “Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas” (both Henson owned productions) feature Kermit the Frog (a Disney owned character); although Kermit is not owned by Henson, the production is. Therefore the parts with Kermit can stay in the production without edits in future releases or airings. Likewise “A Muppet Family Christmas”, “The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years” and “The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson” (which features Muppets, Henson characters, and Sesame characters) is owned by Disney and can be used uncut. The “un-owned” characters can not be licensed for merchandise (Disney can't make a Sproket doll just cause he was in "A Muppet Family Christmas"; nor can Sesame Workshop make a reporter Kermit action figure) and the non-owned characters can not be used as the “selling point” of a product (Kermit can’t be overplayed on the Emmet Otter DVD cover to “trick” people into buying the special thinking it is a Kermit/Muppet/Disney production). Disney-owned “The Muppet Movie”, which features Sesame Workshop-owned character Big Bird, does not need editing; likewise Sesame Workshop-owned “Follow that Bird”, which features Disney-owned Kermit does not need editing.


The only production which has been chopped between companies is the television series “The Jim Henson Hour”. The Muppet segments are solely those of They Muppet Holding Company (Disney), but The Storyteller, and other mini-movies were retained by the Jim Henson Company. Also to clear up confusion, the “Dog City: Mini-movie” (which does feature Muppet character Rowlf the dog), is still owned by Henson (as is the spin-off TV show), yet the pre-movie segments from the episode (with the Muppets going to the movie, and the Bean Bunny “pre-show”) are owned by Disney. Seeing a complete re-release of “The Jim Henson Hour” (either on DVD, VHS, or TV) would require The Jim Henson Company and Disney to create a deal to split earnings, ownership, and rights; it is possible to see in the future – but is not likely. Seeing the show’s divided segments is more likely. All other Henson productions do not need to be edited for content due to the deal; but they may end up being edited for other reasons (music rights, content, time, or releaser discretion).
 

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GelflingWaldo said:
Jim Henson Family Showcase
Owned by: The Jim Henson Company
Distribution Rights: HIT! Entertainment (until 2009)

Television Series
The Jim Henson Hour ("Secrets of the Muppets" non-Muppet segments)
Are you kidding me? I had no idea they were that splintered. I greatly appreciate the list, albeit depressing.
 

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Actually,The street we live on was 35 years!

By the way,

(1)What year was the adventures of Super Grover?
(2)How long is it?
(3)How is it?
(4)What channel did it first just air on?
(5)What Super Grover skits are on there and what year were they?

5 questions please because this special seems to be really really really interesting! :wink: :excited:
 
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