Cinedigm & Genius Brands Pact for Kartoon Channel! Content


Cinedigm has inked a digital content partnership with Genius Brands International for its family-friendly Kartoon Channel! streaming channel.

Per Cinedigm’s agreement with Kartoon Channel!, which includes VOD and FAST rights, the company will provide the platform with films and series from around the globe. Movies launching on Kartoon Channel! include Cinderella, Hero Quest and Bunyan & Babe. The partnership also includes five seasons of the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters and holiday favorites like The Nutcracker.

Cinedigm’s content offering will be found on all the platforms currently distributing Kartoon Channel!, including Apple and Android platforms, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Xumo, Dish, Sling and more.

Cinedigm CEO Chris McGurk said: “As we continue to expand into the AVOD and FAST spaces, we are committed to partnering with gold standard companies and brands. Having worked with Andy Heyward for decades and knowing the Genius Brands team, I know that Kartoon Channel! fits this goal well. Andy has always been a pioneering industry leader in creating and distributing Kid’s and Family content and the Kartoon Channel! is another compelling example of his innovative leadership. Having been a part of many successful partnerships over my career I am certain this one has all of the right hallmarks.”

Andy Heyward, Genius Brands’ chairman and CEO, said: “I began working with Chris when he was president of Walt Disney Studios, then in his role as vice chairman and COO of MGM, and now as CEO of Cinedigm, where I have continued to admire his business skills. Chris is a tremendously accomplished executive and an excellent leader who brings with him his Midas Touch everywhere he goes. I’m thrilled to be in business with Chris and his team again and look forward to an expansion of this partnership in the months and years to come, to create value together for our shareholders.”