L.A.-based Genius Brands International (GBI) has partnered with cable service provider Comcast to launch Kid Genius, a new channel for toddlers to tweens that will launch on Xfinity On Demand this fall.
Andra Sheffer (pictured) is picking up the Outstanding Achievement Award, while Mike Geiger will receive the Emerging Talent Award at the Canadian kids media org’s annual English-Language Awards of Excellence Gala,
Former Scholastic Media exec Caroline Fraser (pictured) is joining the company as its new VP of program development and acquisition alongside Leigh Zarelli, who becomes the new SVP of consumer brands.
Syahrizan Mansor is moving up the ranks at Viacom International Media Networks, having been named the new VP of Nickelodeon Asia.
As part of parent company Viacom’s restructuring efforts, a wave of layoffs has hit Nickelodeon’s preschool and animation operations, with the departure of five senior-level executives across both divisions, including EVP of preschool programming Teri Weiss (pictured).
American Greetings Properties taps ex-Zodiak Kids SVP Karen Vermeulen as its new head of global sales and co-productions, while reshuffling its exec lineup to focus on hit property Care Bears.
Former Disney and Nelvana Enterprises consumer products exec Peter Maule has joined youth-skewing sports and entertainment company Nitro Circus as its new global head of licensing.