Genius Brands International announced the appointment of the former President and CEO of Fox Kids Networks Worldwide; and also of David Neuman as Chief Creative Officer of the brand new channel.
Margaret Loesch and David Neuman
Genius Brands International announced the appointment of Margaret Loesch as Executive Chairman of Kartoon Channel!, which will be available in over 100 million U.S. television households and 200 million mobile devices, launching June 15. At the same time, David Neuman, former President of Walt Disney Television, has been named Chief Creative Officer of Kartoon Channel!, and will work closely with Loesch and General Manager Caroline Tyre.
Loesch was the founding President and CEO of Fox Kids Networks Worldwide, growing the channels across all metrics, where it was eventually sold to the Walt Disney Company for $5.5 billion. During this time, she launched a multitude of hit series, including “Power Rangers,” growing Fox Kids into the top children’s program service on television.
As President of Walt Disney Television and Touchstone Television, Neuman oversaw “The Wonderful World of Disney,” “Boy Meets World,” “Ellen,” and the then #1 sitcom on television, “Home Improvement”.
“I have known and admired Margaret and David for many years. There are no two more accomplished executives in our industry than Margaret Loesch and David Neuman. One doesn’t become the President of multiple children’s networks, or the President of Walt Disney Television, respectfully, without a reputation of being ‘Best in Class’. Their collective knowledge and relationships with the advertiser community, the creative community, and the distribution community in kid’s broadcasting are at the pinnacle of the field. They play to win, and nothing less,” said Andy Heyward, CEO of Genius Brands. “Having Margaret and David leading Kartoon Channel!, along with General Manager Caroline Tyre and Director of Content and Acquisitions Mark Shoeman, is going to be a tremendous jump start to creating viewership and market share, advertiser demand, and attracting the most powerful creative content and marketing in the field,” he added.
Meanwhile, Loesch commented: “I have admired David’s accomplishments and reputation as an innovator and magnet for talent for years and have had the good fortune to work extensively with Andy over the years. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with both David and Andy, and the Genius Brands’ team where I will oversee and provide advice on the creation of a new destination for kids and their families”.
Lastly, Neuman expressed: “The creative community is poised for new content and new ways of delivering it to today’s kids who have grown up in an on-demand non-linear world, and I look forward to hitting the ground running as we gear up for a massive June 15 launch".
Having Margaret and David leading Kartoon Channel! is going to be a tremendous jump start to creating viewership and market share” Andy Heyward CEO of Genius Brands