Genius Brands International

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 […]

News brief: Asian kids nets gets Genius content

A raft of Asian broadcasters have bought shows from Genius Brands International. Singapore’s Mediacorp took Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab. Indonesia’s Spacetoon took Warren Buffet’s Secret Millionaire’s Club, Secret Lab and Mighty 7. TVB in Hong Kong took Secret Lab. “The appeal of our content continues to prove itself in virtually […]

TBI Kids Survey 2016: which digital service has the most potential?

It seems fair to throw this question to the people running digital services first. Hopster’s Nick Walters selects his own service as the one with most potential, but also sees promise elsewhere. “I think PopJam is really interesting and a promising take on doing social for kids in a way that’s cool, doesn’t condescend, but […]

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 […]

News brief: Turner Lat Am net buys Stan Lee toon

Pay TV channel Cartoon Network Latin America has bought Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 from Genius Brands International in a multi-territory deal. The superhero-themed show comes from Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture of LA-based GBI, Lee’s POW! Entertainment and Archie Comics. It has previous been sold to the likes of TF1 in France, which was […]

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, […]