Genius Brands Announces Promotion of Jon Ollwerther to President of Kartoon Channel!


Kartoon Channel! Leads All Kids' Streaming Platforms with 5.0 Stars Rank in Apple iOS App Store and 4.8 Rank in Google/Android App Store

“Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten” Surpasses 21.6 Million Views on Kartoon Channel! Over 3.6 million per episode!

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., May 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Genius Brands (“Genius Brands” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:GNUS), a global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia entertainment content for children, today announced the promotion of Jon Ollwerther to President of Kartoon Channel! Mr. Ollwerther previously served as General Manager of Kartoon Channel, and will continue in his role as Executive Vice President of Business Development for Genius Brands.

Andy Heyward, Chairman & CEO of Genius Brands, stated, “I am pleased to announce the well-deserved promotion of Jon, in recognition of his significant contributions to the rapid growth and success of our hit kids streaming platform, Kartoon Channel!”

Jon Ollwerther added, “Viewer rankings have put Kartoon Channel! above all other services, including Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube Kids, in both the Apple and the Google app stores. In addition, I am extremely proud to announce that “Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten” has just surpassed 21 million views on Kartoon Channel!, over 3.6 million per episode, since the initial launch just over 1 month ago with 6 episodes now released. We believe Superhero Kindergarten has risen to the ranks of one of the most highly viewed new cartoon launches in history, as we are building an evergreen production that will entertain generations of children, while attracting both advertisers and consumer product licensees.”

“In addition to the recently launched hit, Stan Lee's Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, we will be rolling out 'KC Pop Quiz!' next quarter. It is a lightning fast-paced daily game show based on pop culture where kids win cool prizes. Think Jeopardy meets HQ Trivia! Shortly thereafter, we will introduce our 3rd original product, Shaquille O'Neal's first animated series, ‘Shaq's Garage,' created by Joel Cohen, the co-writer and creator of Toy Story. Additionally, we will now be launching Season 3 of our hit series, ‘Rainbow Rangers' with an exciting new twist.”

Mr. Ollwerther continued, “I …

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