Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Emmy Award-winning Andy Heyward has made more episodes of kid’s television than any other producer. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1975, he joined Hanna-Barbera as a writer and story editor. During his five years with Hanna-Barbera, he was involved in the development and writing of numerous series including Scooby Doo, Flintstones, Jetsons, Smurfs, Yogi Bear and Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics. In 1980 he moved to France where he joined DIC Audiovisual, a production company specializing in children’s animated programming. In 1982, he co-created Inspector Gadget and during the following years he has produced over 5,000 episodes of award-winning children’s programs, most of which shows and brands are household names, including Inspector Gadget, The Real Ghostbusters, Alvin and the Chipmunks, G.I. Joe, Hello Kitty, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Captain Planet, Teddy Ruxpin, Sailor Moon, Madeline, Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego, Liberty's Kids, and dozens more. In 1994, he convened the National PTA, National Education Association, UCLA and producers from throughout the industry to draft the first voluntary set of program guidelines for children’s television. In 1996, he hosted the first meeting between then FCC Chairman Reed Hundt and children’s television producers.
Today under Genius Brands International, Heyward produces and licenses brands ranging from Stan Lee Comics, to Baby Genius, to Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, to Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, to SpacePop for the global market. He has also been the largest producer of FCC mandated educational informational programming for children, and has produced hundreds of PSAs promoting child safety, health, exercise, and nutrition. In collaboration with Warren Buffett, he produces the short film which opens the annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders meeting, and he co-authored a book with Warren Buffett promoting financial literacy for kids. Genius Brands is currently producing Rainbow Rangers for Nickelodeon and Mattel Toys, as well as Llama Llama for Netflix, starring Jennifer Garner, now in its second season. Heyward is also the author of Go Go Gadget – The Creation of Inspector Gadget.
Andy's notable work in children's programming has earned him multiple industry awards, and his charitable efforts off-screen have resulted in numerous recognitions. Some of his awards include two Emmys, nine Emmy nominations, two Humanitas Awards, two Cable Ace Awards, five Golden Reel Awards, three Environmental Media Awards, a New York Television Festival Award and a National Education Association Award, among others. He was inducted into the KidScreen Hall of Fame, and won the Studio of the Year at Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay International Festival of Television Animation in 2006 (co-awarded to Roy Disney).
Heyward is a member of the Producers Guild of America, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). He was the 2010 UCLA College of Humanities Commencement speaker and is currently a Mentor in the UCLA mentoring program. He is active in many community activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Joseph "Gray" Davis
Joseph "Gray" Davis served as the 37th governor of California from 1998 until 2003. He currently serves as "Of Counsel" in the Los Angeles, California office of Loeb & Loeb LLP. Mr. Davis has served on the Board of Directors of DIC Entertainment and is a member of the bi-partisan Think Long Committee, a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and Co-Chair of the Southern California Leadership Counsel. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. Davis served as lieutenant governor of California from 1995-1998, California State Controller from 1987-1995 and California State Assemblyman from 1982-1986.
P. Clark Hallren
Since August 2013, Clark Hallren has been a realtor with HK Lane/Christie's International Real Estate, and has previously been a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. Since August 2012, he has also served as a consultant to individuals and entities investing or operating in the entertainment industry. Hallren founded and served from 2009 to 2012 as managing partner of Clear Scope Partners, an entertainment advisory company. From 1986 to August 2009, he worked in various capacities at JP Morgan Securities Inc., including as Managing Director of the Entertainment Industries Group. In his roles with JP Morgan Securities, Hallren was responsible for marketing products to his clients, such as syndicated senior debt, public and private subordinated debt, public and private equity, securitized and credit enhanced debt, interest rate derivatives, foreign currency and treasury products. He holds Finance, Accounting and Economics degrees from Oklahoma State University and also currently holds Series 7, 24 and 63 securities licenses.
Mr. Klein is an accomplished executive, entrepreneur, and financier with substantial experience in media and entertainment, investment banking, professional sports, venture capital funding, and real estate. Prior to starting Camden Capital Management, LLC (CCM), Mr. Klein, since 1996, has led Klein Investment Group after assuming 100% ownership of (and renaming) Iacocca Capital Partners, L.P., where he was Managing Partner from 1994 to 1996. From 1984 to 1993, Mr. Klein was a managing director at Bear Stearns & Company, where he founded and co-directed the Media-Entertainment Group, and Gruntal & Company, where he was Senior Managing Director and a member of the Executive Committee. From 1974 to 1982, Mr. Klein supplied prime time and mini-series content to the major television networks through his company, Michael Klein Productions. Also, during that time, he was an owner and a senior executive officer of the San Diego Chargers, an NFL Football franchise. Mr. Klein has significant experience in the area of corporate financings. He has executed and participated in financing deals, both public and private, ranging from $5 million to over $2 billion. His real estate ventures in Southern California include a 600 acre development in North San Diego, which he sold in various stages. He also has led several real estate ventures in Southern California including the Water Gardens phase two in Santa Monica. Outside of his day-to-day professional duties, Mr. Klein serves on the Board of Governors of Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is Chairman of the Board of St. John’s Hospital/Friends of Malibu Urgent Care Clinic along with charitable relationships. Mr. Klein earned his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University in 1969 after which he immediately began his career on Wall Street with a medium size Investment Banking/ Broker-Dealer, Wygod, Weiss & Florin.
Margaret Loesch is a recognized industry veteran with over 40 years of experience at the helm of major children and family programming and consumer product channels. From 2009 to 2014. She served as Chief Executive Officer and President of The Hub Network, a cable channel for children and families. From 2003 to 2009, Loesch was Co-Chief Executive Officer of The Hatchery, a family entertainment and consumer product company, and from 1998 to 2001, she served as Chief Executive Officer of the Hallmark Channel. Loesch served from 1990 to 1997 as Chief Executive Officer of Fox Kids Network, a children's programming block, and from 1984 to 1990, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Productions. Loesch received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
As former Executive Vice President of Worldwide Consumer Products at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies, McTier has spent the majority of her career managing and building powerhouse brands such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo into successful global consumer products programs. Her purview included all categories of worldwide licensing, retail, partnerships, promotions, marketing, creative, and themed entertainment for Warner Bros.’ brands on a global scale. During her tenure, the division experienced unprecedented growth and profitability.
During her career at Warner Bros., McTier worked closely with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network on new content development relevant to merchandising, including Power Puff Girls, Teen Titans, Justice League and numerous DC Comics’ animated series. She also led the global team that set a new standard for quality in immersive environments, working with Universal Parks and Resorts to create one-of-a-kind experiences for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Osaka, and Hollywood.
Lynne Segall has served as the Senior Vice President and Publisher of The Hollywood Reporter since June 2011. From 2010 to 2011, Segall was the Senior Vice President of Deadline Hollywood, and from June 2006 to May 2010, she served as the Vice President of Entertainment, Fashion & Luxury advertising at the Los Angeles Times. In 2005, Segall received the Women of Achievement Award from The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Women in Excellence Award from the Century City Chamber of Commerce. In 2006, she was recognized by the National Association of Women with its Excellence in Media Award.
Anthony D. Thomopoulos
Tony Thomopoulos served as the Chairman of United Artist Pictures from 1986 to 1989. In 1989, he formed Thomopoulos Pictures, an independent production company of both motion pictures and television programs, serving as its Chief Executive Officer. From 1991 to 1995, Thomopoulos was the President of Amblin Television, and from 1995 to 1997, he then served as President of International Family Entertainment, Inc. From June 2001 to January 2004, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Media Arts Group. Thomopoulos also served from 2005 - 2008 as a state commissioner of the California Service Corps. under Governor Schwarzenegger. Thomopoulos is a founding partner of Morning Light Productions. He is an advisor and a member of the National Hellenic Society and holds a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and sat on its Board of Directors from 1978 to 1988.