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The Muppets Studio, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of media conglomerate The Walt Disney Company, formed in 2004 through the acquisition of The Muppets and Bear in the Big Blue House characters from The Jim Henson Company. In late 2006, the company's name was changed from Muppets Holding Company, LLC. Image File history File links Jim_Henson's_Muppets. ... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney; NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters, and the company created by Jim Henson. ... Bear in the Big Blue House is a television program for young children produced for the Disney Channel by The Jim Henson Company. ... The Jim Henson Company is an American company founded in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ...

Since the mid-1980s, Jim Henson had been in talks with Disney CEO Michael Eisner to sell Disney the Muppets. He and other Muppet performers had secretly filmed tutorials for Disney animators, entertainers and Imagineers on the matter of how to properly operate a Muppet, and many Muppet producers were already preparing for the transfer. On August 28, 1989, the two announced a deal for Disney to buy Henson Associates and all of its characters, excluding those featured on "Sesame Street." The deal fell through several months after Jim Henson's untimely death in 1990, largely due to clashes between the Henson family and Disney attorneys. Following several legal battles, the theme park attraction, Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3D, opened at the Disney-MGM Studios in May 1991. For the company founded by Henson, see The Jim Henson Company. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Disney Creative Entertainment is the theatrical and technical live entertainment production division of Walt Disney Imagineering, a fully-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Jim Hensons MuppetVision 3D is an attraction found at Disney-MGM Studios, part of Walt Disney World located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and at Disneys California Adventure park in Anaheim, California. ... Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA. It opened on May 1, 1989. ...

Disney CEO Michael Eisner remained interested in Henson for many years. It was only until 2003 that negotiations were finally re-opened after the Henson family bought The Jim Henson Company back from EM.TV, to whom they had sold the company in 2000. Michael Eisner officially announced the purchase of the Muppets characters from The Jim Henson Co. in February 2004, and the first Muppets movie under complete Disney control (several Muppets movies had been made before with the help of Walt Disney Pictures), The Muppets' Wizard of Oz, went into production immediately and aired on ABC in May 2005. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Walt Disney Pictures 2006 - present logo. ... Promotional poster The Muppets Wizard of Oz, an original made-for-television movie, aired May 20, 2005 as a special Friday night edition of ABCs The Wonderful World of Disney. ...

When Eisner stepped down and new Disney CEO Robert Iger succeeded him, one of the first things Iger did the day after becoming CEO was remove the head of the Muppets Holding Company and several senior staff, who Eisner had personally hand-picked himself when the Muppets became Disney property in April 2004, and who had travelled with the Muppets from Jim Henson to Walt Disney through the purchase. Many see this as a demonstration of Iger's power to the public and to Eisner. The Company has also been holding open auditions across North America for Muppet performers working in Disney theme parks, the Disney Cruise Line and television and motion picture projects. The Muppets Studio operates as an entirely separate part of Disney, not part of Walt Disney Studio Entertainment or Walt Disney Consumer Products. Robert Iger Robert (Bob) A. Iger (born February 10, 1951 in Oceanside, New York) is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The Disney Cruise Line is a cruise line owned by the Walt Disney Company. ... Walt Disney Studios refers to several different entities and locations associated with The Walt Disney Company: Walt Disney Studio Entertainment, also known as the Walt Disney Studios Walt Disney Pictures, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Studio Entertainment Walt Disney Studios (Burbank), in California, serves as the international headquarters The... The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ...

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