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Bringing interesting topics and people to our global community of students, alumni, and leaders in business and government to empower, educate and inspire. 

In each webinar we will bring experts from industry to our community with the purpose of sparking thought, connecting people, and stimulating engaging discussions.

Past Events:

Producing  Film and Television in a Time of Disruption in the Entertainment Business 

Joe Hadley

Chris Lytton

Wednesday, November 15, 2023



We invited Chris Lytton, President and COO of The Jim Henson Company, to speak in our Forward Together Webinar Series moderated by Dean Gerhard Apfelthaler.

Chris Lytton is the President and COO of The Jim Henson Company. The Jim Henson Company has remained a leader and an iconic brand in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized as a top creator of television and film programming and as an innovator in puppetry and animatronics. The Company’s recent productions include: a reboot of the Henson classic Fraggle Rock, for Apple TV+, Guillermo Del Toro’s Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, Pinocchio, made for Netflix and The Portable Door, a film starring Christoph Waltz and Sam Neill where Mr. Lytton was an Executive Producer.

Based out of the Company’s headquarters on its historic Hollywood studio lot, Mr. Lytton oversees the Company’s day-to-day operations, including business affairs, distribution, human resources, creature workshops, studio facilities and consumer products. He also focuses on exploring new lines of business, raising capital, and joint ventures.

Prior to joining The Jim Henson Company, Mr. Lytton served as COO and General Counsel at Route One Entertainment, a busy independent film financier where Mr. Lytton was an Executive Producer on movies such as The Free State of Jones, starring Matthew McConaughey. Previously, he was COO of international sales agency, Exclusive Media’s, production group which produced numerous projects including the Ron Howard directed film, Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth and Skiptrace, starring Jackie Chan, where Mr. Lytton was an Executive Producer. 

Mr. Lytton is an experienced manager of film and television companies, a seasoned deal maker and an entertainment industry expert.  He is a native Angeleno and graduated Cum Laude from UCLA and then attended the Southern Methodist University School of Law where he was a member of a law review journal and moot court.    

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