Syfy has greenlighted eight episodes of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, which will pit 10 aspiring creature creators competing in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts. The winner gets $100,000 and a contract working at the famed Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson is aboard as lead judge. This is the puppeteering version of the network’s Face Off, in which aspiring special effects makeup artists go head-to-head, and an early 2014 premiere is planned. Serving as mentors on Creature Shop Challenge will be three longtime Creature Shop artists: designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and animatronics master John Criswell, and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel. The Jim Henson Co is producing the series, with Brian Henson executive producing with his sister Lisa Henson, the company’s CEO who also is in production on Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Joseph Freed and Rob Bagshaw are also exec producing.
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