Kids’ entertainment and publishing veteran, Sarah Maizes has joined the Jim Henson Company in the created role of vice president of children’s entertainment.
Boasting 20 years of experience in the industry, Maizes’ new role will see her focus on the development and production of all pre-school and children’s programming for TV, home entertainment and digital media in animated and live-action formats.
An established entertainment development executive and author of several award-winning books for both children and parents, Maizes most recently served as a production executive on the Company’s new series for pre-schoolers, Dot.
“Sarah brings her rich entertainment experience and deep understanding of kids and parents to her new role at Henson,” said Halle Stanford, the firm’s executive vice president of children’s entertainment.
“She has a truly authentic point-of-view as both a parent and a grown up kid, that will give a hilarious, honest touch to her work here.”
Maizes began her career as a literary agent at William Morris where she represented children’s book authors and illustrators and went on to help build the agency’s kids’ entertainment division.
In 1998, she moved to Los Angeles where she was a development executive at Nelvana KingWorld Animation and Mattel Entertainment.
Maizes also spent time in the comedy world at Acme Comedy theatre, and performing stand up at the Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Stroe and Stand Up NY.