Andy Heyward

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This article is about the head of the DiC animation company. For the former President of CBS News, see Andrew Heyward.
Andy Heyward
Born Andrew A. Heyward
(1949-02-19) February 19, 1949 (age 68)
New York City, New York
Occupation Producer, writer, CEO
Years active 1976-present
Spouse(s) Amy Heyward
Children 3 kids

Andrew A. "Andy" Heyward (born February 19, 1949) is the former Chairman and CEO of DIC Entertainment (now part of DHX Media), an animation production company.[1] He is currently CEO of Genius Brands International.

Early life

Heyward was born in New York City, New York, the son of Sylvia (née Block) and Louis M. "Deke" Heyward, who was vice president in charge of development at Barry & Enright Productions.[2]

Professional life

In 1986, Heyward and other investors bought the DIC Enterprises from CLT. Heyward sold a majority interest in DiC to Capital Cities/ABC in 1993. In 2000 with two venture capital firms, Heyward re-purchased DIC Enterprises.[3] On June 20, 2008, Heyward announced that he was selling DIC Entertainment to Cookie Jar Group.[4]

In 2009, he founded A Squared Entertainment (A2) with his wife, Amy.[5] In 2013 the company merged with Genius Brands to form Genius Brands International, with Heyward serving as CEO.[6]

References

  1. Andreeva, Nellie. "Ex-Governator Partners For TV Toon Series –". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  2. "Andy Heyward Biography (1949-)". Filmreference.com. 1949-02-19. Retrieved 2011-04-07. 
  3. DiOrio, Carl (Sep 18, 2000). "Bain backing buyout of DIC". Variety. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. "Cookie Jar, DIC Entertainment to Merge". Broadcasting and Cable. NewBay Media. Jun 20, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2014. 
  5. Truitt, Brian (2010-02-22). "Meet Stan Lee's newest super-team, 'Super Seven'". USA TODAY. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  6. Bond, Paul (2013-11-15). "Genius Brands Merges With Andy Heyward's A Squared Entertainment". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 

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