Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) August 10, 2009
Symbiote Studios LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of statues and high-end collectibles has been awarded the rights to create vinyl toys and polyresin statues based on The Jim Henson Company's fan-favorites "Fraggle Rock" and "Farscape". The vinyl toys will be stylized and be presented in the popular Symbiote series. The statues will be limited edition collectibles with the individual number hand written on the base.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to work with The Jim Henson Company." Said Joseph Reiter, President and CEO of Symbiote Studios. "Fraggle Rock and Farscape are both beloved franchises that we will give our utmost respect and attention."
Early production of the products has already begun with an estimated release date of Q1 2010.
"Fraggle Rock" premiered 1983 and has garnered multiple awards and a loyal global fan following. The show was created by Jim Henson as an international co-production and was adapted for each territory to meet the needs of its audience. By showing cooperation and conflict resolution among the different inhabitants of the Rock (the Fraggles, the Doozers and the Gorgs), the show taught the concepts of mutual respect and peace. Currently, The Jim Henson Company is in active development on a "Fraggle Rock" feature film.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, "Farscape" follows the adventures of astronaut John Crichton, catapulted across a thousand galaxies and trapped among alien creatures that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. A groundbreaking sci-fi production, Farscape is an international favorite. Named by TV Guide as one of television's "Best Cult Shows Ever" and by Empire Magazine as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," the show has continued to find new audiences in syndication and on DVD around the world as well as on iTunes, where it debuted as the top selling sci-fi show.
About Symbiote Studios
Symbiote Studios LLC is a premier manufacturer of figures, statues and busts for the comic, movie and video game markets. Comprising of today's leading artists, sculptors and licensors, Symbiote Studios LLC is committed to creating innovative and high-quality products, including such licenses as Autumn Beauty™, Dr. Tran™, Monkey Island™, Sam & Max™, Star Wars™ and Symbiotes™.
Symbiote Studios products are currently sold in specialty, trend, collectible and comic shops, as well as on the World Wide Web at http://www.symbiotestudios.com
About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include "Sid the Science Kid", and "Pajanimals". Features include "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "MirrorMask," and "Unstable Fables." Television productions include "Fraggle Rock" and the sci-fi cult series "Farscape." With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment.
The Company is currently in production on 40 episodes of "Dinosaur Train," an animated preschool series teaching concepts of natural science and history, set to debut on PBS KIDS in fall 2009. The Company's Henson Alternative brand continues to produce "Puppet Up! - Uncensored," a live puppet improvisational show that runs monthly at the Avalon Hollywood. The Company has also announced the creation of Jim Henson Designs, a merchandise collection inspired by Jim Henson's earliest sketches, and The Jim Henson Company: Discoveries, an acquisitions banner that celebrates outstanding third party produced independent film, television and video productions from around the globe embodying the Company's enduring legacy. http://www.henson.com
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