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Henson closes NY office

Discussion in 'Muppet Headlines' started by Boober_Gorg, Nov 26, 2003.

  1. Boober_Gorg

    Boober_Gorg Well-Known Member

    Henson shutting down NY office??

    Word on Tough Pigs is, they're going to close the New York headquarters.

    I wish this weren't true. I hope it isn't. Is there anyone here who can verify this information?

    :cry: :cry: :cry:
  2. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    That would stink royally since that was where Jim Henson founded the company, practically!!
  3. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    It was rumored just after the close of the UK offices a while back this might happen (either Chaplin or NY) and I guess its more cost effective for them to keep Chaplin. Yes, it's a massive shame due to the history of the place but it does help with streamlining and means the Henson Co would have one central base with lots of facilities there which might not be bad. Maybe the kids had wanted everyone to relocate there eventually anyway ? I dunno. Just gotta hope it doesn't mean more people losing their jobs again.

    If they do close it, I hope they let the public in for an open day for people to tour it before the end. Obviously they probably need the money so turning it into a Henson museum is most probably out of the question but that would be very fitting.
  4. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    :cry: Say it ain't so
  5. Muppetfreak

    Muppetfreak Well-Known Member

    Sigh, this also crushes my dreams of switching from Sesame to there......

    I don't want to move to CA!!!!!!

    *whines loudly*

    No offense to those who live there.....
  6. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    If this is true, it's a sad day for JHC history...but like the Muppet Movie, perhaps it's time for Kermit and the gang to finally move to California.
    And as everyone knows, California is where it's at!

    ...and we know what this means...if there is ever a Muppetfest again, it's coming back here! *wheee*

    FISH'N'WOLFE Well-Known Member

    Where's Secret Squirrel? We need some kind of confirmation.
    If this is true, it's some seriously depressing news. :cry:
  8. KPrell

    KPrell Active Member

    Wow, first I heard of it.

    Jim auditioned and hired me at 117 almost 24 years ago. It was the heart of the company for decades. It's sad to see it go...


    :excited: (inappropriately happy Red smilie)
  9. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Well, IF this is true: Oh. My. GOD. See, I'm so mad I even said the Lord's name in vain.

    How can they CLOSE the NY office? With the staircase, and the mural, and the Bert and Ernie window, that's the physical SYMBOL of the Henson Company to me. Heck, I wanted to work there one day, even as a janitor! I mean, gees, close the Chaplin lot for all I care!

    Dear God, that's bananas! At least leave all that stuff in there. Get the City of New York to make it a landmark or something. Sorry, it's sentimental to me and I've never even been.
  10. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Oh man, I agree...but at this point, I'm not surprised at any move these days.
    The news we gather from JHC HQ is usually one of closures, layoffs, etc as of late...this sadly is just a more final step. I think could can come of moving and consoliating to Hollywood. New York my be the spiritual homebase of the Muppets, but I think California can be a big new start. Its hard tho...I can imagine all the memories and emotion everyone from staff workers, builders and performers to even fans have of it. I say transplant the artifacts and everything that made that place unique and JHC to the new place!
  11. muppet_dk

    muppet_dk Well-Known Member

    I really hope it turns out to be nothing more than evil rumors.
    As the others say there's just to much history in that building.
    Of course it would be cheaper to have the company in one place, but I hope that they would think about it one more time before they do anything.

    If they close the NY office then the idea by turning it into a landmark, sounds like a great idea.
  12. Beebers

    Beebers Well-Known Member

    If true, this is terrible news.

    There would be our Hensonian Museum. There are massive grants and funding mechanisms for that sort of thing - it could, and should, absolutely be turned into a museum without the family having to spend money on it. And, they can start their own trust which could help fund it as well.

    But, let's hope it doesn't come to that. This is awful news. Where's our Phil Chapman to confirm or deny?? :cry: :cry: :cry:
  13. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    I think the only reason it isnt hitting you as hard as others is because your excited that The whole Henson company are moving to your neighbourhood.

  14. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Man, will we ever hear good news from the folks at JHC?
  15. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Well, Henson's been based in LA since '90/91. Jim was moving his HQ to LA during the Disney deal anyway, but I know what you mean.

    But man, Henson closing the NY townhouse is like Disney closing its whole Burbank lot. It's just gotta be like a museum or a HQ for the JH Legacy or Foundation or something. There's just too much history there. They've had it since '77! I know it isn't a production studio, but the place is special nonetheless.

    Wow, I haven't been this mad at Henson since, well, when they sold to EM.TV! It's truly sad...if it's true.
  16. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    Most of the Muppeteers seem to live and work on the West Coast it would seem(not Sesame/etc performers) Also, for over a decade they've been operating in Hollywood as someone pointed out. I remember Luke pointed out this possible scenario over a year ago. It's a symbolic loss, but perhaps the beginning of a new era? I'm just trying to put a happy thought on this solem occation.
    They've shut down the puppet building workshops, and done some cutbacks...tho this wasnt a total shock to me. What matters to me is that JHC finally owns JHC again...and sure, were back to 1999 minus Sesame Street, I'm hoping some good can come of this consolidation.

    Now here's a question...is it true they've been cutting off or downsizing the UK JHC related things?(either offices, or CS?)
  17. BlueFrackle

    BlueFrackle Well-Known Member


    They stopped the Television Production part of Henson's in the UK. Which wasnt producing anything anyway... And while it wasnt producing stuff it was just used as the Creature Shop. So basically nothing happened.
  18. Beebers

    Beebers Well-Known Member

    I'm reluctant to say this at all, but these sorts of closures and cutbacks are always financial streamlining, normally due to fiduciary distress. There tends inevitably to be a heartless feeling to it. I've always viewed JHC as having a New York City heart and inspiration. Everything grew from there, and, it seems, should continue to do so.
    Word on the reliable street is that it's absolute chaos within the company, financially and personnel-wise, at the moment.
    Some confirmation re:NYC would be nice.
  19. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Nothing visually happened, majority of the management were made redundant and most of their creative work (shows and ideas) were in jepoardy of being dumped. Obviously they all went freelance or formed their own offshoot companies though and it could still work out so um yeah .... nothing happened.
  20. Chilly Down

    Chilly Down Well-Known Member

    This is just devastating.

    I don't think Henson is a Heartless Corporation for doing this. They need to do what they need to do to remain financially stable. And there's more work for them in LA than anywhere else. And after all, we make the same choices in our own lives--who lives in the same house their whole entire life?

    All the same, I'm sure this was a hard decision for the Hensons, and it's hard for us as well. Like everyone else, I wanted to see the inside someday, and take a look at that beautiful mural, that marvelous wall-sized SS photo, and the stained-glass window. (And hey, if there were any actual Muppets around, I wouldn't mind that either!)

    *sigh* Oh, well. I don't know how much, if any, of that building can be preserved. But some small part of me hopes this isn't as bad as it sounds.

    "Saying Goodbye" is playing on MC Radio right now...how appropriate.

    :cry: :boo: :eek:

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