Jim Henson partners with Rehab and 2 Friends Entertainment to bring literary tales to TV screens

Jack Ridsdale

By Jack Ridsdale

February 9th 2018 at 10:36AM
UPDATED February 9th 2018 at 3:29PM
Jim Henson partners with Rehab and 2 Friends Entertainment to bring literary tales to TV screens

Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and Audrey Penn's heartwarming The Kissing Hand have been added to the Henson company's development slate.

The Jim Henson Company has partnered with Rehab Entertainment and 2 Friends Entertainment to bring two classic book properties to television screens.

Louise Fitzhugh's celebrated girl power book series Harriet the Spy is to be adapted into a new stylised 2D animated series that will follow the title character and aspiring writer Harriet, as she observes and writes about the bustling world of New York in the 1960s. BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Karrot Entertainment (The Snowy Day, Sarah & Duck) is attached to animate the series.

Elsewhere, Jim Henson's creature shop will bring Penn's The Kissing Hand to life as Chester the Raccoon learns to navigate school, friends and daily trials and tribulations.

“Both of these classic book properties share The Jim Henson Company’s commitment to entertain and inspire children, featuring dynamic characters and stories that celebrate creativity, empowerment, and joy," said Halle Stanford, president of television for The Jim Henson Company.

"We have a deep respect for Harriet the Spy, and her many fans, and we’re ready to bring this real girl to audiences around the world. Similarly, The Kissing Hand, which is arguably the top book parents use to prepare their children for preschool and kindergarten, is deeply nurturing and perfectly suited for puppetry.  Now more than ever, we believe children need the stories of Chester Raccoon and his Mama to encourage them to adventure in the world while still maintaining the loving connection of family and friends."

Both properties have been shepherded by Rehab Entertainment’s John Hyde and Terissa Kelton, and 2 Friends Entertainment’s Wendy Moss-Klein and Nancy Steingard, alongside The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford.