"Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" (TV show) is a reality competition series on Syfy featuring ten aspiring creature creators competing to out-imagine one another in a series of challenges where they will build everything from mechanical characters to whimsical beasts, bringing high-end inanimate creature designs to life. The contestants compete for $100,000 and the opportunity for the job of a lifetime — a contract working at the world-renowned Jim Henson's Creature Shop.

Brian Henson serves as lead judge on the series. Henson is an award-winning writer, director and producer and the Chairman of The Jim Henson Company and the Creature Shop.

Serving as mentors on the series will be world-renowned designer Peter Brooke, mechanization and animatronics master John Criswell and fabrication and artistic specialist Julie Zobel. The three are longtime Creature Shop artists who have dedicated their talents to the Henson legacy. Their tenures with The Jim Henson Company span decades and they bring a specialized knowledge having collaborated directly with Jim Henson himself. Working alongside the creature creators inside their workplace at the Creature Shop, they will be available for consultation and hands-on assistance.

The creative challenges in the series will showcase the fascinating process behind creature building, from conceptual design to sculpting, fabricating and mechanization. Each episode will end with on-set performances involving the elaborate and life-like creations. The creature creators will be tasked to create everything from hand puppets to large-scale theatrical creatures that can master the balance between realism and fantasy.

"Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge" is a production of The Jim Henson Company. Brian Henson executive produces with his sister Lisa Henson, the company's CEO. Also serving as executive producers are Joseph Freed ("Little People Big World," "Rachael Ray") and Rob Bagshaw ("Paradise Hotel," "Top Chef Masters," "Project Runway All Stars").

The new best reality competition series is Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge


Network: Syfy
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: March 25, 2014
Seasons: 1
Production Company: The Jim Henson Company

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