Karen K. Miller, President & CEO, Cyber Group Studios USA | Source: Cyber Group Studios/The Toy Book

The U.S. division of Paris-based Cyber Group Studios (Gigantosaurus, Sadie Sparks) kicked off the new year with a pair of big executive moves.

Los Angeles-based Cyber Group Studios USA appointed Karen K. Miller as president and CEO and Merritt D. Farren as general counsel and chief operating officer. The duo will be responsible for growing North American development and distribution operations in an effort to support Cyber Group Studios’ global business.

Merritt D. Ferren, COO & General Counsel, Cyber Group Studios USA | Source: Cyber Group Studios/The Toy Book

Miller takes the helm this spring, joining the company from NBCUniversal where she most recently served as senior vice president of content for Universal Kids. She previously held positions at The Walt Disney Co. and Warner Bros. Farren joined Cyber Group Studios last month from SoundCloud. He previously held positions at Amazon/Audible and The Walt Disney Co.

“Karen is a talented, innovative, multi-faceted, and forward-looking leader — she has an amazing track record in the development and commercialization of successful kids and family global franchises worldwide,” says Pierre Sissmann, chairman and CEO, Cyber Group Studios. “Merritt is a best-in-class top executive with a wealth of business affairs and acquisitions experience in all segments of our business. He will be a great partner to Karen in the development of Cyber Group Studios USA. Both Karen and Merritt bring a remarkable and highly impressive background and maintain an esteemed skillset that has concentrated on creating highly successful children’s media and entertainment properties.”

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Cyber Group Studios USA recently revealed plans to adapt Scholastic’s Press Start! into an animated series. Additional projects in development include James & the Everafters, and an update to Monster in My Pocket.



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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.