Dawn Turner Joins Jim Henson’s Creature Shop as Director of New Business Development
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has hired industry vet Dawn Turner as director of new business development.
Turner will identify and cultivate new global business opportunities for the iconic Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, focusing on promoting the services it can provide to customers in film, television, advertising, theater and live events, as well as augmented reality and virtual reality. His efforts will particularly focus on the store’s renowned hands-on animatronic and puppet work, as well as expanding the scope of his work in performed animation using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, an award-winning proprietary technology that allows puppeteers to perform CG characters in real time, allowing for more spontaneity and realism.
“Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is known around the world for creating some of entertainment’s most recognizable characters. I want everyone in the industry to know the full extent of our capabilities, not only in the world of practical creature effects, but also with digital puppetry and the exciting new opportunities it offers for all kinds of creative pursuits,” says Turner. “Whether it’s providing more improvised and realistic character performances and effects in real time, shortening the post-production turnaround process, and reducing post-production costs, the possibilities of Henson Digital Puppetry Studio are endless and I intend to make sure the creative community has the opportunity to learn all about this amazing technology.
Prior to joining Henson, Turner was a business development producer at Technicolor Creative Services and served as a visual effects and animation producer on a number of creative projects. Some of his credits include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Nim’s Island, Bruce Almighty, Scary Movie 4, The Boondocks, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Shark Tale, Madagascar and much more. Turner also served on the Visual Effects Society Awards Committee for several years and is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, Women in Animation, and Women in Film.
About Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop provides digital visual effects, animatronic creatures, animation and soft puppets to the international film, television, theater, live events and advertising industries. Recent credits include Fraggle Rock: back to the rock (AppleTV+), Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time (discovery+), The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix), word party (Netflix) and Splashes and bubbles (PBS Children).
Based in Los Angeles and New York with satellite shop capabilities internationally, the shop is known for designing and building some of the world’s most recognizable characters, including the sesame street puppets, the classic muppetsthe dinosaurs of Dinosaursthe aliens of Farscape and the fantastic creatures of The dark crystal and Labyrinth. Other feature film credits include The happy murders, where the wild things are, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Five kids and that. The store is also known for its live performances with artists such as Cee Lo Green, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Deadmau5.
Recipient of more than nine Emmy Awards for his outstanding work in constructing puppets for sesame streetthe shop also received an Oscar for its visual effects work on the film baby. Other accolades include an Academy of Science and Engineering award for the Henson Performance Control System, a powerful custom interface for puppeteers, and an Emmy Award for his work developing the Henson Digital Performance Studio. a patented control system technology that allows puppeteers to play computer-generated characters in real time.