Slumberkins may have fallen short last fall on ABC’S “Shark Tank,” but it still apparently has the star power for television.
The Jim Henson Company, the Los Angeles production company best known for creating “The Muppets,” announced Monday it will launch a children’s series around the plush, educational dolls that were first created in Vancouver.
“We know that parents want to help their kids be prepared for the challenges of the world,” said Halle Stanford, president of television for the company. “There is a lack of tools to help teach children how to handle their ‘big feelings’ in a healthy way. Slumberkins provides support to kids and families through books, plush and soon, with the help of the Jim Henson Co., through video entertainment.”
Details are still scant, according to Slumberkins co-founders Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard. They will co-produce the show, but production has not officially begun and The Jim Henson Company is still shopping for a network, they said. Still, the Prairie High School grads are excited for the deal.
“We couldn’t think of a better partner,” Oriard said. “They’re so in-line with our thinking. When you have a child’s attention, it’s special and meaningful, and you should do everything you can with their attention, like help them learn.”