Andy Heyward

China’s Youku boards ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’

Chinese streaming giant Youku has boarded Genius Brands International’s animated series Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten.  The deal will see the Alibaba-backed streamer co-producing the children’s series – TBI Kids’ Top Pick for MIPCOM – and bringing it to Chinese audiences. TBI understands that Youku has taken a stake in the show’s IP across broadcast, digital […]

ProSieben signs crime series from Cineflix

German broadcaster ProSieben has signed a multi-series deal with UK-based distributor Cineflix Rights. Crime and investigation series such as Cineflix Productions’ Cold Blood (seasons 1-8, comprising 99 hours), Nowhere to Hide (seasons 1-2. 12x60mins), Unusual Suspects (seasons 6-8, 20x60mins) and Murder Book (seasons 1-2, 23x60mins) are included in the agreement. ProSieben also gets new Cineflix […]

Foothill CEO joins Genius Brands in sales rejig

Foothill Entertainment CEO Jo Kavanagh-Payne has joined LA-based Genius Brands International, though will also remain with the Santa Barbara-based distributor she created. Kavanagh-Payne has been named senior VP, global distribution at Andy Heyward’s kids and family company. She will support Stone Newman, who has been promoted to president, global consumer products, worldwide content sales and […]

Genius re-hires ex-MGM exec

LA-based kids company Genius Brands International has re-hired former MGM VP of finance Rebecca Hershinger. Having worked with GBI since early 2014 through he role at CFO Advisory Services and as CFO for GBI between October 2014 and June 2015, she has been named CFO, reporting to company CEO and chairman Andy Heyward. Hershinger will […]

Genius Brands to sell $4.3m in stock

Children’s content group Genius Brands International will sell around US$4.3 million of its common stock and warrants. The firm has agreed a private placement with institutional investors and company management had been released, with the sale expected to close on November 3. This will comprise issuing investors 4.3 million shares at a US$1 per share […]

Kids VOD service hits Comcast

Genius Brands International has launched its new on-demand service Kid Genius on Comcast in the US, taking it into 21 million US pay TV homes. GBI is the content company run by kids TV veteran and former DIC boss Andy Heyward, and Kid Genius is its new free, ad-supported VOD brand. Launching on cabler Comcast’s […]

New on-demand kids net set for Comcast

Genius Brands International is launching a new children’s channel on Comcast Communications’ Xfinity On Demand service in the US. Kid Genius will launch on the channel in autumn 2015, running shows such as Secret Millionaire’s Club and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab and targeting 2-12s. GBI’s Baby Genius is already on Xfinity platform, going out via […]

Loesch joins board of Heyward’s Genius

Margaret Loesch has joined Andy Heyward’s kids producer and distributor Genius Brands International. Loesch was the founding president and chief creative officer of Discovery Communications-Hasbro joint venture channel Hub TV (which is now run by Discovery as Discovery Family Channel). She also oversaw the creation of Hallmark Channel when president and CEO of its parent […]

News brief: Genius hands Kaleidoscope sales role

Andy Heyward’s Genius Brands International is continuing to develop its distribution matrix by appointing sales houses to rep its catalogue in western Europe and Canada. Kaleidoscope Entertainment will handle sales of shows such as Baby Genius, Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab (pictured) and Llama Llama in Canada and NDRL will do the same in Germany, France, […]

Andy Heyward’s Genius hires digital exec

Genius Brands International, the kids content company run by Andy Heyward, has hired Jason Brumbaugh as vice president, digital. Brumbaugh is a former producer at Disney Interactive and at kids channel The Hub. He also worked at DIC, the kids producer and distributor that was run by Heyward before its sale to Cookie Jar. At […]