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Are these two pages (and category) needed? The articles we have on Chris Curtin and Russell Hampton aren't particularly interesting right now. We don't know much about their roles with the Muppets creatively - yes, they were officially the holding company's head but what exactly that entailed at the time isn't clear. All we really have on Curtin, Muppet wise, is his presentation at a Disney properties conference in '05; and not much is known about Hampton's role as manager. We don't have an article on Lylle Breier (whom we have a lot more Muppet stuff on - several interviews, presentations, quotes, etc.). We don't have an article on Debbie McClellan (director of creative affairs) whom has been with the Muppets since they were at Henson and has been directly involved in many Muppet projects. What is the standard for a Muppets Holding Company staff member getting an article? Should Breier get an article? Should Curtin and Hampton's articles be kept? If kept, should this category be renamed "Muppets Studio Staff"? Thoughts. -- Brad D. (talk) 17:57, May 6, 2010 (UTC)

Hampton and Curtin were pretty important and I feel like we should have pages for them. For all intents and purposes, they ran the Muppets for their tenure. Same goes for McClellan and Breier. Breier's been running the Muppets for some time now, and McClellan's been instrumental. I'll see if I can get some details together. —Scott (talk) 18:03, May 6, 2010 (UTC)
Three years later, I looked at the pages again, and they're still pretty dull. Whether Curtin and Hampton ran the Muppets or not (and their tenures were mostly during the "holding" stages), we previously deleted pages for CTW execs who had longer tenures and more direct Muppet involvement. Curtin's page at least has a cute pic, but even that could be merged, and it seems to me the names can just be mentioned, the way we do for many CTW people in credits lists and other examples, where we acknowledge their contribution but don't have anything really to say about them personally. (And as always, that doesn't mean the deletion is permanent if at some point we actually find a way to make the articles relevant and interesting on their own, but after three years, I'm a tad skeptical). -- Andrew Leal (talk) 02:19, July 8, 2013 (UTC)
Okay, I'm merging. I already merged Chris Curtin, keeping the picture, specifying his title, and the months he served. The only other info on that page was that he left when Iger took over and I don't think that really matters for our purposes. Hampton's page is really just a brief stub with even vaguer info, just that he took over in the fourth quarter, and mentioning his other executive titles which had nothing to do with the Muppets. So I'm really not keeping any of that, but I may as well park it here for the record, as we did with the Sesame Workshop Staffers, in case we ever find a reason to recreate the page but then can't find our original info. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 06:05, July 11, 2013 (UTC)

Russell Hampton

Russell Hampton

R. Russell Hampton, Jr. served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Muppets Holding Company, having replaced Chris Curtin in the 4th quarter of 2005. He also managed the Baby Einstein property owned by The Walt Disney Company.

In May 2006, he was named to his current position as President, Disney Publishing Worldwide.

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