The eldest child of film producer and puppeteer Jim ("the Muppets") Henson, Lisa Henson, while finishing studies in ancient Greek folklore and mythology at Harvard University, joined Warner Bros. as a production assistant in 1983. In the short ten years which followed--during which time she was associated with such popular Warners fare as the "Lethal Weapon" series, "Batman" (1989), "Batman Returns" (1992), "New Jack City" (1991) and "Free Willy" (1993)--Henson rose to the position of executive vice president in 1992. Noted for her drive, forthrightness and ability to make decisions, Henson was wooed a year later to Columbia during a low point in its recent history, what with several notable boxoffice flops and the studio's involvement in the Heidi Fleiss scandals. Her appointment as head of production at Columbia made her the youngest such executive and Hollywood, and one of the very few women to occupy such a lofty position in Hollywood's corporate structure. She eventually was named as president of Columbia Pictures in August 1993, a post she held until July 1996. Henson subsequently formed Manifest Film Company with Janet Yang.