Wendy Goldman Getzler
A merger between A Squared Entertainment and Genius Brands has resulted in the creation of a multimedia and brand management company under the current Genius Brands International, which will be helmed by Andy Heyward and a consortium of kids media, entertainment and finance execs.
The world may be getting some more tech-savvy bilingual preschoolers. First Sesame Street backs bilingual platform Oznoz, and now VTech is set to house a new preschool video series from foreign-language learning program Little Pim on its InnoTab learning tablet.
Former Mattel CEO Jill Barad and Playmobil president Horst Brandstatter will be inducted into the US Toy Industry Association (TIA) Hall of Fame, along with the late Jack Friedman, former chairman, CEO and co-founder of Jakks Pacific, and the late co-founders of Wham-O, Arthur “Spud” Melin and Richard Knerr.