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 Kartoon Studios, Heyward produces and licenses brands ranging from Stan Lee Universe, 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. 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.
CEO of Mainframe Studios and Director
Since April 2022, Michael Hirsh has served as Chief Executive Officer of Mainframe Studios, a Canadian-related entity of the Company. Mr. Hirsh served as Chief Executive Officer of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (“Wow”) from December 2016 until April 2022, when the Company acquired Wow. Prior to Wow, Mr. Hirsh founded and was CEO of Cookie Jar which he merged with DHX Media(now Wild Brain) where he served as Executive Chairman from 2012 to 2015. Mr. Hirsh was also a co-founder and CEO of Nelvana from 1971 to 2002 where he developed and produced numerous award-winning productions including, The Magic School Bus, Care Bears, Babar, Rupert, Beetlejuice, The Adventures of Tintin and created the first Star Wars animated series with George Lucas. Mr. Hirsh has won Daytime Emmy Awards, Gemini Awards, the Joe Shuster Award, and a Golden Reel Award.
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.
Since October 2006, Dr. Stefan Piëch has served as Chief Executive Officer of Your Family Entertainment AG (“YFE”) and Managing Partner of F&M Film und Medien Beteiligungs GmbH (“F&M”) since 2005. Mr. Piëch was a founding member and the CEO of Openpictures AG from 2000 to 2005. Mr. Piëch also serves on the board of several companies, including on the supervisory board of SEAT S.A. since 2015, on the supervisory board of Porsche Automobil Holding SE since 2018, on the supervisory board of Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Österreich since 2020 and is Member of the board of the German Chamber of Commerce in Austria since 2020. Mr. Piëch obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Film & Media from the University of Stirling and his Ph.D. in Media from the University of Klagenfurt.
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.
Henry Sicignano III
Henry Sicignano, III is an accomplished executive with a strong track record in business leadership and strategic management. Currently serving as the President of Charlie's Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded consumer goods company with a global presence spanning more than 90 countries, Henry has successfully expanded the company's product line, IP portfolio, and revenue base. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at 22nd Century Group, Inc., a publicly listed plant biotechnology firm, where he played a pivotal role in dramatically increasing the company's sales and market cap. With additional experience as the General Manager at NOCO Energy Corp, the Vice President at Kittinger Furniture Company, Inc., and as a director at Anandia Laboratories, Inc. (acquired in 2018), Henry has consistently demonstrated a deep understanding of strategic planning, operational efficiency, P&L management, and capital markets. He holds both a B.A. degree from Harvard College and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University.
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.
Cynthia Turner-Graham, MD
Cynthia Turner-Graham, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, who brings over 40 years of experience in the healthcare industry as a practicing psychiatrist, healthcare administrator and community leader. Among her accomplishments, Dr. Turner-Graham is the immediate past president of the Suburban Maryland Psychiatric Society, served as a Director of the Washington Psychiatric Society. and will take the helm of Black Psychiatrists of America as President in 2022. She has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at both Vanderbilt University and Howard University Schools of Medicine.
Dr. Turner-Graham conducted a number of clinical studies of candidate psychotropic medications as principal or co-principal investigator. Motivated by her administrative and clinical experiences, Dr. Turner-Graham established ForSoundMind Enterprises, Inc in 2004, with a particular focus on enhancing the mental, physical and spiritual health of groups, families, and individuals. Alongside her role as President and CEO of ForSoundMind Enterprises, Inc, she has maintained her private adult and adolescent psychiatry practice in Washington, DC and Rockville, MD for 20 years, where she takes a holistic approach to the comprehensive treatment of individuals and families. Dr. Turner-Graham has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Fisk University, a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kansas, and completed her residency in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.