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 66)
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[edit]

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[edit]

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, Hewyard 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[edit]

  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. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/genius-brands-merges-andy-heywards-656559

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