Jon Ollwerther | Source: Genius Brands/The Toy Book

Genius Brands International promoted Jon Ollwerther to president of its growing Kartoon Channel! platform.

Ollwerther, who joined the company from Measure in 2019, spent nearly a year as general manager of the Kartoon Channel! and will continue in his role as executive vice president of business development for Genius Brands going forward. The appointment was revealed by Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward.

“I am honored to take on this new role with Genius Brands, as I truly believe we are curating the very best combination of original, exclusive, and commercially acquired product within the kids’ entertainment industry,” Ollwerther says. “Key to our strategy is delivery of premium content that we believe will resonate with our audience — children. We could not have accomplished this successful launch without the leadership and support of our executive Chair, Margaret Loesch, and the handpicked Kartoon Channel team. We are excited about what is coming down the pipeline and we remain more encouraged than ever as we execute on our goal of building the premier kids streaming platform.”

Related: Genius Brands Names Harold Chizick President, Global Content Sales, Marketing, and Consumer Products

According to Ollwerther, the recently launched Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten recently surpassed 21 million views with an average of 3.6 million views per episode. Upcoming projects include the debut of KC! Pop Quiz, a trivia show that was first announced as part of the Kartoon Classroom lineup last year, Shaq’s Garage, and the third season of Rainbow Rangers.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.