BURBANK, Calif., May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Muppets Holding Company, LLC,
(MHC) a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, announced today that Martin G.
Baker has been hired as a consultant for the organization's new entertainment endeavors. A close colleague of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, Baker has more than 25 years of experience producing Muppets content in all media.
Baker's primary responsibilities will be consulting on entertainment initiatives as MHC enters its second year of stewardship of the Muppets brand. The Muppets franchise was purchased by The Walt Disney Company in April 2004 from The Jim Henson Company. Since that time, Baker has utilized his expertise to help integrate the Muppets into The Walt Disney Company family, including serving as producer on the new ABC telefilm "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz," which will air May 20th.
Baker's duties will include searching for ways to expand the Muppets' unparalleled talent base as demand for the brand grows. He will be leading a search for more multi-talented performers in the world of puppeteering who will serve as understudies to core Muppets performers and help the company develop new characters and service the growing international demands for the classic characters.