Genius Brands International Launches “Kartoon Classroom!”, Featuring Animated Educational Content for Children As Brand Extension of Kartoon Channel!
Jon Ollwerther To Oversee Operations of the Rapidly Growing Kartoon Channel! As General Manager and EVP Global Business Development
Former Senior Programming Executive at Disney/ABC, Lou Fazio, Appointed Senior Strategy Advisor for Kartoon Classroom!
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Responding to the rapid growth of Kartoon Channel!, Genius Brands International “Genius Brands” (NASDAQ: GNUS) announces the launch today of the new Kartoon Classroom!, a stand-alone segment of Kartoon Channel! Additionally, Jon Ollwerther has been appointed to oversee the operations of Kartoon Channel! and Kartoon Classroom! as General Manager & EVP of Global Business Development. Genius Brands has also brought onboard Disney veteran content and programming strategist, Lou Fazio, as a Senior Advisor, collaborating with Ollwerther on the launch of Kartoon Classroom!
Kartoon Channel!, which launched in June, is available to stream free to virtually every household in the US via connected TV, handheld devices, and at KartoonChannel.com and is rapidly growing into a premiere entertainment destination for children and families. Genius Brands launches Kartoon Classroom!, an innovative extension of Kartoon Channel! that will feature relevant and impactful STEAM-based content (science, technology, engineering arts and math), including programming from Genius Brands’ ‘content with a purpose’ library such as Baby Genius (Early Development), Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab (STEM), and Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club (Financial Literacy). Additionally, Kartoon Classroom! Will showcase content from third party creators worldwide, such as Baby Einstein (Early Development), Little Smart Planet (Early Learning), I’m A Dinosaur (Paleontology), Super Geek Heroes (Early Learning), Counting with Earl (Math), Giligilis (Musical Learning), and Out of this Word (English Language). Genius Brands will also develop new original content for the platform and announces the first Kartoon Classroom! original series in development, KC! Pop Quiz, under the supervision of former President of Walt Disney Television and Kartoon Channel!’s Chief Content Officer, David Neuman.