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June 10, 2024

SpringDocs | Jim Henson Idea Man | Q&A Panel

This filmmaker conversation features Director Ron Howard, Producers Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, and Margaret Bodde, and it is moderated by Variety's lead documentary reporter, Addie Morfoot. ASL Interpretered by Andréa Lust.

IDA's spring showcase takes you behind the scenes of the year's network films and programs. Since 2017, the Awards Spotlight, now titled SpringDocs, has taken IDA members behind the scenes of the year's telecasted Emmy-award contenders.

Jim Henson Idea Man takes us into the mind of this singular creative visionary, from his early years puppeteering on local television to the worldwide success of Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and beyond. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard captures Henson's restless creativity, ambition, and artistic evolution in the style and spirit of his complex subject, an artist who revolutionized television, inspired generations, and created some of the world’s most beloved characters.  Featuring new interviews with Henson's closest collaborators and children, as well as never-before-seen materials from his personal archives—including home movies, photographs, sketches, and diaries— Howard brings us an entertaining and insightful look at a man whose boundless imagination changed the world.